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Imperial Palace opens Inui Street to public for autumn foliage

Visitors head toward Inui Street on the grounds of the Imperial Palace to see autumn foliage, in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Dec. 1, 2018. (Mainichi/Yuki Miyatake)

TOKYO -- The Imperial Palace opened Inui Street on the palace ground to the public on Dec. 1 for visitors to enjoy the autumn foliage at its best.

People can start out along the about 750-meter-long tree-lined street from the entrance at Sakashita-mon Gate near Tokyo Station. They exit from Inui-mon Gate in the northwestern part of the grounds adjacent to Kitanomaru Garden, passing in front of the Imperial Household Agency building.

The entrance is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Dec. 9.

The street is normally opened to the public twice a year -- during the cherry blossom season in spring, and again in the autumn foliage season.

For more information, refer to the Imperial Household Agency website: http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-event/inui.html .

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