Announcement on the Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of
His Majesty the Emperor
- The ceremonies will be held from Tuesday, October 22 as a national ceremony to celebrate the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor.
- The ceremonies will be participated in by around 200 foreign heads of State and other dignitaries. Furthermore, in order that the public can celebrate this auspicious occasion with one accord, Tuesday, October 22 will be designated as a public holiday for this year only.
Please note that the parade of the Emperor and Empress (the Imperial Procession by motorcar) scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 has been postponed until Sunday, November 10.
The following ceremonies will be held from Tuesday, October 22. A banquet hosted by the Prime Minister and his spouse will also be held.
Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor at the Seiden (State Hall)
It is a ceremony in which the enthronement is officially proclaimed and the representatives from home and abroad express their felicitations. It will take place in the Imperial Court on Tuesday, October 22.
Imperial Procession by motorcar
Please note the parade of the Emperor and Empress has been postponed until Sunday, November 10.
- The parade of the Emperor and Empress will be held in order to broadly celebrate the enthronement and to receive the felicitations of the public.
- On Sunday, November 10, the procession will leave the Imperial Palace at 3:00 PM and arrive at the Akasaka Imperial Residence around 3:30 PM.
- Please take public transportation as heavy congestion is expected on the day of the parade.
Route of the Procession
Court Banquets after the Ceremony of the Enthronement
It is the occasion to announce and celebrate the enthronement, and to receive the felicitations of the guests on October 22 (Tuesday), 25 (Friday), 29 (Tuesday) and 31 (Thursday).
Banquet hosted by Prime Minister and his spouse
On the evening of October 23 (Wednesday), a banquet hosted by the Prime Minister and his spouse will be held in Tokyo to thank the foreign heads of State and other dignitaries for visiting Japan and to foster a greater understanding of Japan by presenting displays of traditional Japanese culture.
Exhibition of the convertible
The convertible ridden by the Emperor and Empress during the Imperial Procession will be exhibited to the public at the State Guest Houses in Tokyo and Kyoto.
- (The State Guest House, Akasaka Palace)
- November 28, 2019 (Wednesday) – January 5, 2020 (Sunday)
- (The Kyoto State Guest House)
- January 9, 2020 (Thursday) – March 17, 2020 (Tuesday)
Details of the public opening schedule and admission fees can be found on the website of the Cabinet Office.
Public Viewing of the Imperial Throne
The Takamikura (the Imperial Throne for the Emperor) and other items used at the ceremony will be exhibited to the public.
- (Tokyo National Museum)
- December 22, 2019 (Sunday) - 25 (Wednesday)
January 2, 2020 (Thursday) - 19 (Sunday)
*Closed on January 6, 2020 (Monday) and 14 (Tuesday).
- (Kyoto Imperial Palace)
- March 1, 2020 (Sunday) - 22 (Sunday)
*Closed on March 9, 2020 (Monday) and 16 (Monday).
October 22 (Tuesday), the day upon which the ceremony of the Enthronement takes place, will be designated as a public holiday for this year only; government offices and banks will be closed.
For more information, please check at the Cabinet Office website.