Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse)

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Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse)

Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse)
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The State Guest House, Akasaka Palace (SGH AP) serves as a splendid stage of diplomatic activities by welcoming monarchs and presidents from countries all over the world. The SGH AP opens to the general public unless its main activities of welcoming dignitaries from abroad are interrupted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXC5rGGAejA
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Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,935 contributions
Oct 2019
Delightful City Centre Gardens for a stroll, a selfie or two, chill and a spot of people-watching, and maybe even a Coffee/Beverage before walking back to the New Otani Hotel, from which these grounds can clearly be seen (if one is on the right side, of course).

Interior Visitors to the Palace had to book well in-advance, choose a specific Tour (to ensure bi-lingual Guide's availability). Apparently, these Tours are enormously popular with folks of a certain Generation, those for whom the Japanese Royal Family and all that they do or did still grips, those with a passion for Japanese Royal Palaces (and their Architecture), and especially Japanese Antique Furniture.
Written September 18, 2020
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Zach K
Tokyo, Japan2 contributions
Aug 2020
I think everyone who is interested in diplomacy should check this place out. They recently opened it to pubic tours and I went with a friend who used to work nearby. You'll learn a lot about how State visits to Japan happen!
Written September 9, 2020
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phalanxye
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan666 contributions
Feb 2020
Great place to visit and see the elaborate interior decorations, unfortunately, no cameras allowed. It's the only palace in Japan that was built based on neo-baroque style. It is used as a venue for international conferences and host gatherings for VIPs. Entrance fee is about $20 including the outside garden tour.
Written April 29, 2020
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FairBucketList
London, UK77 contributions
Nov 2019 • Business
This place is one of the mesmerizing orangerie and garden in the World and never get bored seeing it again.
Written January 16, 2020
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この度は、迎賓館赤坂離宮をご参観いただきましてありがとうございます。迎賓館の庭園は黒松などが植栽され、四季折々の草木が咲きほこる庭のみの見学であれば300円で入場可能です。また本館は、国宝に指定される現役の接遇施設です。1909年に東宮御所(当時の皇太子のお住まい)として建設された、日本では唯一のネオ・バロック様式による宮殿建築物です。ご指摘のとおり、西洋の宮殿を随所に参考にしながら、和の意匠融合させています。 当時の日本の建築、美術、工芸界の総力を結集した建築物であり、明治期の本格的な近代洋風建築の到達点を示しています。館内(1500円の参観料)はガイドツアーがありませんので、詳しい説明をお聞きになりたい方には、音声ガイド(英語、中国語、韓国語、フランス語、スペイン語、日本語)をご用意しております。予約なしでにご参観できますので異なる季節のご参観を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
Written January 27, 2020
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CancunVoyager
Miami Fla.536 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a great palace to visit, it is the state house where visitors are received by the Emperor and Minister of Japan. The interiors are dazzling and look like a St. Pettesburg palace or Buckingham Palace itself.
The luxury and majesty of the interiors will impress you and the gardens are incredible.
It is important that a guide is ideal for you to understand every detail of this great palace that is worth visiting and feel like an ambassador for a day

Take into account that this building is not a museum and is in use, therefore if there are scheduled state visits it may be closed to the public and also the security measures for access are very extreme.
Written December 31, 2019
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この度は迎賓館赤坂離宮をご参観いただき、誠にありがとうございます。 迎賓館赤坂離宮は、1909年に東宮御所(当時の皇太子のお住まい)として建設された、日本では唯一のネオ・バロック様式による宮殿建築物です。ご指摘のとおり、西洋の宮殿を随所に参考にしながら、和の意匠融合させています。 当時の日本の建築、美術、工芸界の総力を結集した建築物であり、明治期の本格的な近代洋風建築の到達点を示しています。館内での写真撮影ができず大変申し訳ございません。現役の接遇施設であるため、セキュリティ上、手荷物検査実施にご協力いただいております。何卒、ご理解・ご協力のほどよろしくお願い申し上げます。 接遇の実施がない範囲で、通年で一般公開しており、本館・庭園の見学であれば予約なしで入館できますので、お気軽にお越しいただければと思います。是非異なる季節のご参観を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
Written January 2, 2020
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,524 contributions
Dec 2019
I made a reservation to visit Japanese style annex through internet.As to the timing there are several choice.A guide accept maximum 20 guests. The guide was very informative and I could know how we welcome foreign guests seeing many rooms, gardens etc.You can also see main western style palace which is kind of a miniture of Versailles.
Written December 24, 2019
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この度は、迎賓館赤坂離宮和風別館ガイドツーにご参加いただき、誠にありがとうございます。和風別館は、和風の意匠と純日本のおもてなしで諸外国の賓客をお迎えするための施設として、1974年に建設されました。接遇の際には、日本の「家」と「庭」が持つ美しい特性を感じていただくとともに、お茶・お花・和食などにより、「和」のおもてなしを提供しています。 1日に一回15時に英語ガイドツアーを実施しております。(有料、要予約) また、迎賓館赤坂離宮の本館は、1909年に東宮御所(当時の皇太子のお住まい)として建設された、日本では唯一のネオ・バロック様式による宮殿建築物です。当時の日本の建築、美術、工芸界の総力を結集した建築物であり、明治期の本格的な近代洋風建築の到達点を示しており、1974年に接遇施設として迎賓館に生まれ変わりました。本館や庭園は予約なしでご見学いただけます。季節によって、様々な草木が咲きほこりますので、是非異なる季節のご参観を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
Written January 2, 2020
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Mellowsg
Singapore, Singapore339 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We visited the State Guesthouse and the Japanese Annex with our friends and it is a must-see for all.

The Guesthouse sits on a piece of prime real estate that houses the royal family and their relatives. We get to see the restored building which is used to house and entertain foreign dignitaries. The resplendent premises resembles a European palace and is adorned with gold trimmings and finishes.

But the gem is the Japanese Annex, available only by online booking. We booked a month in advance and were glad to skip the snaking queues to a friendly hostess who guided our group of 10 through the Annex.

We toured the grounds before going through the building, simple and understated yet with an aura of importance befitting a statehouse. The guide gave us snippets of information on the famous guests as well as explained the extent of hospitality accorded to make the guests feel special.

A must do especially in Tokyo for the first time!
Written December 5, 2019
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この度も迎賓館赤坂離宮和風別館ガイドツーにご参加いただき、誠にありがとうございます。 迎賓館赤坂離宮本館は、1909年に東宮御所(当時の皇太子のお住まい)として建設された、日本では唯一のネオ・バロック様式による宮殿建築物です。当時の日本の建築、美術、工芸界の総力を結集した建築物であり、明治期の本格的な近代洋風建築の到達点を示しており、1974年に接遇施設として迎賓館に生まれ変わりました。その際、和風の意匠と純日本のおもてなしで諸外国の賓客をお迎えするための施設として建設されました。別館では、日本の「家」と「庭」が持つ美しい特性を感じていただくとともに、お茶・お花・和食などにより、「和」のおもてなしを提供しています。 1日に一回15時に英語ガイドツアーを実施しております。(有料、要予約) 本館や庭園は予約なしでご見学いただけます。季節によって、様々な草木が咲きほこりますので、是非異なる季節のご参観を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
Written December 15, 2019
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Diane C
Lincoln, UK233 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
This palace is well worth a visit. It is built in a European style with most of the artwork from France. The rooms are stunning and the audio guide (extra 200 yen) very interesting. In each state room there are pictures showing recent visits by heads of state from around the world.
Outside there is a beautiful fountain behind the palace and grounds to the front, mostly laid to lawn. All staff were very friendly and helpful with plenty of English speakers. There was a security check at the entrance, as to be expected for such an important building. You can visit the gardens only but the palace is a highlight of a trip to Tokyo.
Written November 4, 2019
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ご回答が遅れまして申し訳ございません。 この度は迎賓館赤坂離宮をご参観いただき、誠にありがとうございます。 迎賓館赤坂離宮は、国宝に唯一指定されている噴水や西洋風宮殿の本館、正門などで構成されている 現役の接遇施設です。館内(1500円の参観料)はガイドツアーがありませんので、詳しい説明をお聞きになりたい方には、音声ガイド(英語、中国語、韓国語、フランス語、スペイン語、日本語)をご用意しております。また、黒松などが植栽され、四季折々の草木が咲きほこる庭のみの見学であれば300円で入場可能です。是非異なる季節のご参観を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
Written November 26, 2019
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G-Man
Tel Aviv, Israel65 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Me and my family went in to see and we were blown away by the beauty of the building. The route was well thought out that took you through the building. The ticket included being able to see the front and back gardens. The staff was also very friendly and helpful.

The only bad thing was you could not take any pictures of the inside of the building:(.
Written July 21, 2019
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ご回答が遅れまして申し訳ございません。 また、この度は迎賓館赤坂離宮をご参観いただき、誠にありがとうございます。 館内での写真撮影ができず大変申し訳ございません。セキュリティ上、及び運営上の観点から、お断りさせていただいておりますので、何卒、ご理解・ご協力のほどよろしくお願い申し上げます。なお、外観については撮影可能となっております。季節によって、様々な草木が咲きほこりますので、是非異なる季節のご参観を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
Written October 28, 2019
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CMSoon
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia115 contributions
Apr 2019
This state guesthouse was just newly opened to public and only 5 minutes walk from Yotsuya subway and train station. The security is very tight with lots of checks. The internal building is very western in design much of French palace. After visited most of French palaces, this state house is only a fraction of those in Europe and really nothing spectacular.

The only negative part is you are not allowed to take any photograph inside except the exterior building outside. There is a video room that you could view first on how and what design was done inside the state house. The entire tour would take about an hour.
Written May 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ご回答が遅れまして申し訳ございません。 また、この度は迎賓館赤坂離宮をご参観いただき、誠にありがとうございます。 迎賓館赤坂離宮は、1909年に東宮御所(当時の皇太子のお住まい)として建設された、日本では唯一のネオ・バロック様式による宮殿建築物です。ご指摘のとおり、西洋の宮殿を随所に参考にしながら、和の意匠融合させています。 当時の日本の建築、美術、工芸界の総力を結集した建築物であり、明治期の本格的な近代洋風建築の到達点を示しています。館内での写真撮影ができず大変申し訳ございません。セキュリティ上、及び運営上の観点から、お断りさせていただいておりますので、何卒、ご理解・ご協力のほどよろしくお願い申し上げます。なお、外観については撮影可能となっております。季節によって、様々な草木が咲きほこりますので、是非異なる季節のご参観を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
Written October 28, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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