Emperor’s New Year Greeting
Twice a year, the inner precincts of the Imperial Palace are opened to the general public, who turn up in a flag-waving mass to catch a glimpse of the Emperor and his family. If you missed out on the Emperor’s birthday on December 23, you can head there on January 2 instead to receive a customary New Year greeting. The Imperial family are scheduled to make five appearances on the palace balcony during the morning and afternoon: at 10:10 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:50 AM, 1:30 PM and 2:20 PM.
Also, this will be the last public appearance of Emperor Akihito before his abdication in April 2019.
Imperial Palace Main Gate (Nijubashi), Tokyo
January 2nd, 2019
9:30 AM – 2:10 PM (entry up to 2:10 PM)