- address1-7 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- business_hour9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (guided tours start every hour on the hour. Last tour starts at 4:00 p.m.)
- access3-minute walk from Subway "Kokkai-gijidomae Sta."
The Diet and the Central Hall are open for tours. The National Diet Building brings together the refined aspects of Japanese culture.
The National Diet Building is a 3-minute walk from Subway Kokkai-gijidomae Station. As the country’s sole legislative system, this is the hall where the proceedings of the Diet are held, such as enacting laws, deciding budgets, and appointing a Prime Minister.
The Central Hall, an atrium that stretches from the second floor to the sixth floor, is located between the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives. The height from floor to ceiling is around 33 meters, which is the same height that could accommodate the five-storied pagoda of Horyu-ji Temple. In the hall, there are bronze statues of ITO Hirobumi, OKUMA Shigenobu, and ITAGAKI Taisuke that were built to honor their achievements in politics. There is one vacant pedestal upon which no statue is built. There are various theories as to why there is no statue, such as no fourth statue being decided and left for later or it was decided to include the hidden message that “Politics is never complete.”
The National Diet Building is not only the highest agency of state power, it is also a condensed version of Japanese tradition. We hope that you will visit the House of Councilors and see its beautiful decor up close and in person.