- address2-1-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- access1-minute walk from Subway "Sakuradamon Sta."
2-minute walk from Subway "Kasumigaseki Sta."
View police officers on the job! The Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters, the police headquarters that has jurisdiction over Tokyo
The Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters is a 1-minute walk from Subway "Sakuradamon Sta." and a 2-minute walk from Subway "Kasumigaseki Sta.". Located in front of the Imperial Palace’s Sakurada-mon Gate, the Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters is also sometimes called “Sakurada-mon Gate.” It is known for it’s appearance by numerous movies and drama programs.
Built in 1980 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Metropolitan Police Department, the Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters functions as the police headquarters with jurisdiction over Tokyo. The buildings has 4 underground and 18 above-ground floors, a detention facility, and the Communication Command Headquarters, which receives 110 emergency calls. It is located next to the National Police Agency General Government Building, which is used by the National Police Agency and the Metropolitan Police, and Central Government Building 2, home of the National Police Agency’s Tokyo office.
The Police Reference Room has displays of artifacts such as uniforms and gear used by police officers through different historical periods, and the black motorbikes used by guards during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. There is even a photo corner complete with a model of a white motorbike.
At the Communication Command Headquarters, visitors can view police officers in action receiving 110 calls and sending out radio commands about the content of such calls. At the same time, they can view equipment such as the 110 calls receiver, the radio command unit, and the mega-display measuring some 1000 inches, all of which are used when calls come in.
The Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters has made an appearance in many police TV dramas. They recommend a visit to the building for police drama fans and anyone who is interested in the work done by police officers.