Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

posted on June 26, 2016

The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday introduced a same-day registration system for guided tours of parts of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo to enable visitors to see the place without prior reservation.

The measure was taken in line with the government's strategy to boost tourism as Japan aims to increase the annual number of overseas visitors to 40 million by 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Explanations and instructions by staff are currently given in Japanese only during the tour that takes approximately 75 minutes. The agency said it is trying to prepare voice guidance in other languages.

Under the new arrangements, the maximum number of visitors will be increased to 500 from 300 for each of the tours, with same-day registration available for 300 people, the agency said.

The tours will be conducted twice a day, from Tuesday to Saturday, but will not be available on Sundays and Mondays.

source by japantoday
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