Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse)

Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse)

Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse)
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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, UK2,133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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phalanxye
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan643 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Business
This time I started my free day visiting the Akasaka Palace.
This palace is really nice but something is missing. Every detail is fine, the decorations look great the garden is nice. The missing thing is that there is not much history and the building feels like pretty much empty. (Compared to my visits in Scotland, England and Italy.)
Anyway, it is worth popping in but if you are from Europe you can finish it in 30 minutes.
Get your early online booking than you can avoid the long lines. It costs Y1,000/adult and the entrance is from the western gate.
Written May 17, 2018
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CodyDC
Washington DC, DC6,585 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
While sightseeing in Tokyo, I was heading back to my hotel on the subway and decided to jump off and take a look at the Akasaka Palace since I had some extra time before dinner, as it was a little after 4pm. Upon arrival while walking to the palace, an employee approached me and after asking where I was from, asked if I wanted to take the inside tour, which I happily said yes, since there was no wait or line at the time. The inside is a self-guided tour where you go through the different rooms in the place. Note: You cannot take pictures inside the palace. The palace also had pictures of various heads of state who have stayed at the palace which made it a little interesting.
Written July 1, 2018
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
When I visited on a weekday late afternoon, there wasn’t any queue. Visitors can only enter through the west side gate and exit at the front gate. Security is tight here, with bags being checked like airport. There are so many staff involved, at least 6 road marshals directing traffic and many more security staff. Inside the palace, staff is everywhere, at every corner and bend, at each hall etc.

Entrance fee is 300 yen to view external building, 1000 yen to view interior building. Optional 200 yen more for English audio headset. I paid 1000 yen. No photography allowed inside the palace, a big disappointment for me. There is only 1 standard path to walk through the first and second levels. I was amazed at the grandness of the entire interior, spotless, lavishly furnished, with several huge chandeliers, paintings, crown moldings everywhere - doors, ceilings, walls. I thought I was admiring a French palace. There are many pictures showing Japanese Prime Minister as well as Emperor & Empress hosting dignitaries and statesmen for banquets or meetings. English explanations accompanied these pictures.

Upon exiting the interior building, I was free to wander the back courtyard, with a garden and fountain. Lastly, I spent some time taking photos at the front external palace. 1 hour is sufficient to enjoy this majestic palace.
Written April 23, 2018
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Tokyo Local Sites
Bunkyo, Japan117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Solo
Had the privilege to visit Japan's official State Guest House, also known as Akasaka Palace, for a free guided tour over the weekend. Visitors are normally not allowed inside the premises but the Japanese Government is planning to throw open the doors to the public sometime in April. So, as a trial run, I was one of the lucky few who were chosen by lottery to see not only the Palace but the Japanese Style Annex that has been open to the public for the first time ever. Would definitely be a wonderful experience for those interested in history, architecture & conservation.
Apart from accommodating dignitaries the State Guest House is the venue for welcome ceremonies, meetings, receptions, international conferences, official dinners & traditional functions for monarchs, presidents, prime ministers, leading figures in the political, business and academic circles.
Akasaka Palace was designed by Katayama Tokuma and built in the Meiji era in 1909, as the official residence of the crown prince. The main building is the only Neo-Baroque style western building in Japan. It was officially recognized as a national treasure of Japan in 2009. The rooms are ornately decorated with huge ceiling paintings, plaques, tapestries, marble pillars, gold inlaid fireplaces, etc. all done by renowned artisans & artists of the Meiji era. According to Japanese standards this may all seem to be a bit too lavish & garish, that is why I guess they built the Japanese Style Annex in 1974 with the purpose of highlighting the authentic essence of Japanese culture. Check out the web link for pictures. In the main building there are four main rooms ~
Sairan-no-Ma is used as a lounge for ushered guests prior to a banquet. Signing of treaties, agreements & media interviews are also held here.
Kacho-no-Ma is used for official banquets hosted by state & official guests. It has a seating capacity of 130
Asahi-no-Ma is used as a salon, holding audiences & important meetings for state & official guests.
Hagoromo-no-Ma is mainly used for welcome ceremonies in case of unfavorable weather, as well as for receptions & conferences. When as official banquet is held at the Kacho-no-Ma, beverages are served to guests in this room before and after dinner.

The Japanese Style Annex which is in stark contrast to the European style of the main building, truly depicts the beauty, harmony & tranquility of the Japanese house & garden in a genuine Japanese setting. All furniture, fixtures, lights, flooring, ceiling, etc. incorporate the highest craftsmanship & materials one can obtain in Japan. The Japanese Style Annex comprises mainly of three rooms ~ the Main Banquet Hall, the Traditional Tea Room & the Kitchen-counter room where sushi & tempura are served.
Would definitely be a wonderful experience for those interested in history, architecture & conservation.
Written February 9, 2016
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Tomo R
Tokyo587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
Every summer ,sometime around July and August It is open to the public.
But you have to submit an application in May.
The area between Yotsuya and Akasaka has caliming and atmosphere.
It remains me of the history of this area used to have one of the biggest slum in Tokyo.
Next palace・・・.
Written March 29, 2012
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CancunVoyager
Miami Fla.522 contributions
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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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Val G
Marysville, WA65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
This palace and it’s grounds are one of the prettier places we have seen in Tokyo! The inside is beyond spectacular. I only gave it a 4 star because although we got to tour the main halls in the palace, we did’t get to see any of the bedrooms, kitchen or any others living spaces. The tour had much to say about the decor and dignitaries that have stayed at the palace. Had a difficult time trying to figure out which entrance to go into. Worth the time to go on the tour. Price was very reasonable. They rented headsets for those who speak English.
Written October 24, 2018
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95814
Sacramento, CA82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I wasn't sure what to expect upon visiting, but the tour is quite interesting. The palace itself is quite extravagant without being tacky. It's a State building, so there is security screening with metal detectors prior to ticketing. There can be some delays when processing large tour groups. Audio guides are available in English for a small fee. Unfortunately photos are not allowed inside.
Written May 29, 2017
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