Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse), Minato

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Akasaka Palace (赤坂離宮, Akasaka rikyu), or the State Guest House (迎賓館, Geihinkan), is one of the two state guest houses of the Government of Japan. The other state guesthouse is the Kyoto State Guest House.

The palace was originally built as the Imperial Palace for the Crown Prince (東宮御所, Togu gosho) in 1909. Today the palace is designated by the Government of Japan as an official accommodation for visiting state dignitaries. Located in the Moto-Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, the building took on its present function in 1974, having previously been an imperial detached palace. In 2009 the palace was designated as a National Treasure of Japan.
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  • 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...  more »
  • This place is one of the mesmerizing orangerie and garden in the World and never get bored seeing it again.  more »
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  • It's 300 yen for adult admission to the gardens and a view of the building's exterior. To enter the main building or Japanese style annex would cost more - honestly the rates are pretty expensive. Be sure to visit their website beforehand to check the dates the Geihinkan is open to the public. There are a number of staff on duty to help with ushering and ticketing; some of them speak English so no worries for foreign visitors. They also do a security check on your bags at the admission area. Resting spots are scattered around the grounds, and ample seating is available in the souvenir shop.
  • Built in 1909 for the Crown Prince of Japan, the Akasaka Palace was converted in the current State Guest House in 1974 to receive foreign monarchs and heads of state. It is the only Neo-Baroque palace in Japan and it can easily rival European royal palaces in grandeur and magnificence. The visit of the interior is well worth the 1500 yen admission. You can also view the front garden for 300 yen, but it is nothing exceptional, just pine trees in a well maintained lawn, which you can see from the street anyway. So if you are going to visit the place, make sure to choose the visit of the palace itself. Free guide books in English or Japanese are included in the price, but you can also rent audio guides in many other languages. Photos of the interior are prohibited. The Japanese style annex, featuring traditional furniture and a Japanese rock garden, can only be visited by guided tours with an advance reservation.
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