Get a Glimpse of Imperial Regalia at a Shrine with 1200 Year History
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In May 2019, the current Emperor and Empress were dressed in special costumes for their enthronement ceremony. This special tour just for MICE visitors reenacts the ritualistic costume-wearing manners for dressing Imperial family members that have been practiced since antiquity, at one of Nara’s magnificent shrines. After the main event, other fun events include a photo session and lecture on Nara’s boutique sake brewing, complete with sake tasting. Experience Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, in a whole new way.
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The demonstration will be held at the Moto-Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine where ancient emperors are enshrined.
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While Nara features numerous temples and shrines with a historical background of more than a millennium, they are difficult to use as venues for private activities.
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As a special benefit for 2020, MICE visitors will have the opportunity to experience dressing rituals of Imperial costumes through demonstrations.
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This special project was made possible through collaboration between the venerable Moto-Iwashimizu-Hachimangu Shrine and Nihon Bunka Fukyu Kyokai (Japan Cultural Promotion Association).
- How to apply
Apply through the Wellness Inbound Association website at
Note: Inquiry form is at the bottom of the page.
- Tour Dates
May 1 ~ October 31, 2020
- Conditions of application
Applications are accepted from January 1, 2020
Number of visitors: 10 to 20 or so
Tour hours: For two hours around sunset (from around 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm).
The tour will be conducted indoors if it rains.
- Where to contact:
Send emails in English, French, Chinese to Wellness Inbound Association