Let's Visit The National Diet Building: A Worthwhile, Free Experience!
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Let's Visit The National Diet Building: A Worthwhile, Free Experience!

Tokyo 2017.12.07

Here's a question out of the blue! Did you know anyone could go and visit the National Diet without reservation anytime? Indeed, any individual can enter the heart of the state without having to join any guided tour group.

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Here's something you might not have heard! Did you know that anyone can go and visit the National Diet, without making a reservation, anytime?

Indeed, any individual can enter the heart of the state without having to join any guided tour group.

The National Diet is a place everyone in Japan should at least visit once in their life. Here is what a visit to the National Diet (upper house, the House of Councillors) looks like.

What Is the National Diet?

The National Diet is the home of the Diet sessions, much like the Capitol in the US, or the Houses of Parliament in the UK and other nations. It is the highest institution exercising national power and the only legislative state institution in Japan.

The enacting of laws, budget resolutions, treaty approvals, the nomination of the Prime Minister, and the proposal of constitutional amendments are but some of the powers held by the Diet as they meet in this building.

Learning the History Of the National Diet Through a Free Guided Tour

After hearing the rules and instructions from a tour guide, visitors stand in two rows.

Both inside the building and during private talks, photographs and videos are not permitted. As there are a great number of stairs in the Diet building, those with leg or back issues should talk to the tour guide before the tour begins. The guided tour lasts for one hour.

During the tour, visitors will see the following places, in this order: the House of Councillors chamber, the Gokyusho (resting room of the Emperor used during his visits of the opening and closing of the Diet), the Central Hall and lastly the Gardens.

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