Although they don’t allow you to take photos inside, I highly recommend going to Akasaka Palace when it is open for public. There is a 1000 yen admission fee, yet during some days in February and March, you don’t need to reserve in advance and you can just go and wait to get in.
As with the exterior, the palace or the state guesthouse is very Western with some Japanese influences hidden. It’s almost similar to where’s Waldo as there are golden Kabutos incorporated into the walls. There’s actually one on top of the building itself.
It’s very spacious and odd when you see the rooms and try to imagine Margaret Thatcher or Barrack Obama giving a speech.
ADDRESS: 〒107-0051 Tokyo, Minato Ward, Motoakasaka, 2−1−1