Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko began a five-day visit to Kyoto and Nara prefectures on Sunday, their first trip outside of Tokyo since 2019.
Akihito, 89, and Michiko, 88, who remain popular throughout Japan, have refrained from traveling due to the coronavirus. Waving to well-wishers, the couple left Tokyo Station on a bullet train at around 11 a.m. Sunday, bound for Kyoto.
In Kyoto, the couple will attend the Aoi Festival, one of Kyoto’s three major festivals, and visit Daishoji Temple. On Tuesday, they will go to Nara Prefecture where they will visit Chuguji Temple and the Nara History, Art and Culture Village in Tenri.
They will return to Tokyo on Thursday.© Japan Today