People stroll along Inui-dori on Saturday. Photo: KYODO

More than 70,000 walk along Inui road at Imperial Palace


More than 70,000 people on Saturday walked along the Imperial Palace's Inui-dori (road) to enjoy the late autumn foliage.

By 3 p.m., more than 71,500 people had walked along the 750-meter-long road, palace officials said.  About 3,000 people were already lined up from early morning, so the gate was opened 15 minutes ahead of time, at 8:45 a.m.

Visitors can observe the exteriors of Daijokyu, a cluster of some 30 buildings built in the East Gardens for Emperor Naruhito's enthronement rite, known as the Daijosai.

Inui-dori will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day until Dec 8. It runs from Sakashita gate to the Inui gate, and is open to the public twice a year – during cherry blossom season and in autumn.  The closest entry point is Tokyo Station.

Admission is free.

© Japan Today

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

How on earth could people enjoy that?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Why not open up the Daijokyu buildings them selves, provide a guided tour, after all it was their tax money that paid for it.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Wow incredible that so many would find this a highlight

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Reads like a nice journey to walk. The history and beauty of it all.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It's all about the momiji. The autumn colours. That, plus being in the Imperial Palace grounds and viewing the Daijokyu buildings... why not? I'd do it if I were in Tokyo.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites