Hie Jinja surrounded by luxuriant greenery is located on an adjacent hill.
In 1657, Hie Jinja and much of Edo (Tokyo) was destroyed by fire. However, in 1659, Shogun Ietsuna Tokugawa rebuilt the shrine at its present location. The shrine buildings were constructed in the Gongen-Zukuri style with vermilion-lacquered finishings. Regrettably, the shrine buildings were burnt down in the bombing of Tokyo during the Second World War, in 1945. The present shrine buildings were constructed in 1958 with contributions from numerous parishioners and worshippers.
The Sanno Festival is held annually around June 15.
- Distance from Hotel
About 2mins by walk
The Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace with its grounds is located on the site of the former residential palace of the successive Tokugawa Shoguns in the Edo Period. Following the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Emperor Meiji moved here from Kyoto which had been the imperial capital for more than a thousand years. Since then, there are the Imperial Residence where Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress reside Imperial Palace, where the various ceremonies and functions are held, the Imperial Household Agency Building, the Momijiyama Imperial Cocoonery and the East Gardens including the Tokagakudo Concert Hall etc. are located.
Akasaka: Restaurants and Geishas
The Akasaka district, which is in the vicinity of the hotel, flourished in former times as Tokyo’s restaurant zone. It was home to exclusive restaurants, called ryotei, that were intimately connected with the region’s business and political sectors, providing places to be used for politicians to talk in private or for high-class business entertainment. The ryotei restaurants have offered Japanese cuisine in settings that exemplified Japanese culture in its various forms — food and tableware, sukiya-style architecture, Japanese gardens, works of fine art, furniture, geishas, traditional music, and other aspects of orthodox Japanese culture in general. With such their formality and pride, they have remained dedicated to their policies that only private rooms are provided and “no first-time customers are welcomed” while having also come to be established as places of celebratory entertainment and traditional dance performances that were continuously provided by geishas. Four ryotei restaurants are still in business in Akasaka today, including Asadaya. Joining forces with the Akasaka geisha district, this aspect of Japanese culture has been introduced to the wider world. We invite you to take the opportunity to enjoy the authentic Japanese cuisine and remarkable hospitality of these high-status, dignified establishments.
National Diet Building
Construction on the current Diet Building began in 1920 and was completed nearly 17
years later, in November 1936. Meeting rooms for the committees are located in the
Committee Room Annex while offices for the members of the House of Councillors are
located in the Member's Office Building of the House of Councillors. These buildings
are connected to the Diet Building by underground passageway.
National Diet Building Tour
The National Diet Building is the building where the National Diet holds sessions. As the highest organ of state power and the sole law-making organ of the state, functional proceedings held within include legislations, budget appropriations, treaty approvals, designation of the Prime Minister and constitutional amendment proposals. The National Diet Building tour takes about 60 minutes, with a Diet guide escorting visitors to the chamber of the House of Councilors, the Emperor's Room, the Central Hall and the Front Courtyard . Tours of the House of Councilors are open to all visitors during the weekdays.
* For groups with over 10 persons, reservations are required for group tours.
- Distance from Hotel
About 8mins by walk (There is a steep slope.)