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National Diet Building

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Address: 1-7-1 Nagatacho, Chiyoda 100-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-5521-7445
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It's free tour, must understand Japanese

There is technically two FREE tours. One for the upper house and one for the lower house. The more popular of the two is the tour of the Lower House of Representatives. Tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
Nishinomiya, Japan

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Nishinomiya, Japan
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222 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

There is technically two FREE tours. One for the upper house and one for the lower house. The more popular of the two is the tour of the Lower House of Representatives. Tour start on the top of each hour however the line starts at the BACK of the building at 45 minutes of each hour. One representative of your... More 

Thank CanuckJames
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We went to this building but could not enter since the entrance was somewhere very far from the main entrance. We managed to see the building from the gates. The building is impressive and appropriately grand.

Thank Vandana01
Belgrade, Serbia
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362 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We walked from the Imperial palace, through the civic center area with administrative buildings, for some 30 min to reach the Diet bldg, the legislature of Japanese government. When arrived a massive granite bldg could be seen only, no tours for that day, so it was a total waste of time.

Thank B1714D
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

There are SOME english tours but you can join a Japanese tour as well. I went on the Japanese tour and of course understood nothing. That said the book they provide is VERY good and tells you loads. I wish I could have known more about the artwork but otherwise it was nice to see inside. The Japanese tour guide... More 

Thank Adam W
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Japan's national capitol building is accessible to anyone, including foreigners. The tour requires climbing seven flights of stairs, and is in Japanese. However, there is a guidebook in English which explains the building's features admirably. The building is stately and attractive. The Japanese political system is intriguing, functioning under the Constitution imposed on Japan by General Douglas MacArthur.

Thank MarkHazelbaker
Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The only building worth seeing, The Diet, we weren't allowed to stop. Complete waste of a day. The tour picked us up from our hotel two hours before the tour actually started, and we spent a "lovely " two hours driving around and around the streets of Tokyo while we collected others from their hotels. And, of course, the same... More 

1 Thank kwv01
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I walked here from our hotel and decided to join the free tour of Japan's House of Representatives Building. Tour was in Japanese but there was a short film before the tour in English and a brochure in English which helped. Tours start on the hour so we had a short wait but it gave us time... More 

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Happened to come across a free tour of the Diet building whilst wandering around the government hub. Very easy to gain entry - no queue for the 12pm tour, a 2 mins to fill document and a quick scan through an x-ray machine. Guide was a non-English speaking Japanese guy which could have been problematic...but wasn't ! The rooms almost... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

You need to book a time slot on arrival I think they're every hour so be careful what time you turn up. You are then guided around the building it's pretty amazing. I was the only English speaker there, a recording was played after the Japanese commentary giving details on the building. Worth a visit only if you have the... More 

1 Thank Jamb00
Wurzburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Allow a half hour before your tour begins for some paperwork and an introductory video. The hour-long tour is in Japanese with an English handout, luckily for me I had my wife as interpreter. You see the main public areas, the Upper House, and the Emperor's reception room. Impressive western-style early 20th century monumental eclectic arcjitecture with some Japanese touches.... More 

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