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Visit of the General Public to the Imperial Palace for the New Year Greetings

At the Imperial Palace each year on January 2, their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and other Members of the Imperial Family receive New Year Greetings from the people. Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress appear with the rest of the Imperial Family on the Imperial Palace veranda several times. On this occasion, His Majesty the Emperor addresses the people. The people enter from the main gate of the Palace and offer their good wishes in the East Plaza of the Imperial Palace. The visitors leave from the Sakashita-mon Gate. In 2014, 81,540 people visited the imperial palace for the event. (Imperial Household Agency)

Date: January 2
Entrance: Nijubashi Main Gate
Time: 9 a.m.-2:10 p.m.
Exit: Sakashita-mon Gate, Kikyo-mon Gate and Inui-mon Gate
Telephone: 03-3213-1111 (Imperial Household Agency)

Imperial Household Agency