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Imperial Palace to open Inui Street to public during autumn foliage season

In this file photo, visitors admire autumn-colored leaves as they walk along Inui Street on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, on Dec. 2, 2017. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- The Imperial Palace in Tokyo is set to open Inui Street on its grounds to the public from Dec. 1 to 9, during the autumn foliage season.

People will be able to walk along the 750-meter-long street from the entrance at Sakashita-mon Gate in the southeastern part of the palace, and exit from Inui-mon Gate in the northwestern part. Other exits include Ote-mon Gate, which leads from Nishihanebashi to the East Gardens, Hirakawa-mon Gate, or Kitahane-bashi-mon Gate, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tree-lined street is normally opened to the public two times a year -- during the cherry blossom season in spring and during the autumn foliage season. About 270 cherry and maple trees are planted along the street.

The Imperial Household Agency says many people are expected during the period, and is urging visitors to use public transportation.

A guide map (PDF format) of the street is available on the Imperial Household Agency website at the following link:

(The Mainichi)

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