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.

  • Feature 01

    The demonstration will be held at the Moto-Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine where ancient emperors are enshrined.

  • Feature 02

    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.

  • Feature 03

    As a special benefit for 2020, MICE visitors will have the opportunity to experience dressing rituals of Imperial costumes through demonstrations.

  • Feature 04

    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