Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have accepted Queen Elizabeth II’s invitation to pay a state visit during Spring 2020.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 27 May 2019 waiting to greet US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump. Photo: Andea Hanks, White House

The Emperor and the Empress will stay at Windsor Castle.

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress (Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako) will stay at Windsor Castle.

Further details will be advised in due course.

The Imperial Couple will stay at Windsor Castle. Photo: © Carolyn M Cash

Past Imperial Visits

Queen Elizabeth has hosted previous State Visits from Japan

  • Emperor Showa (Hirohito) and Empress Kojun (Nagako) in October 1971
  • Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in May 1998
  • Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in May 2007 for a three-day visit

The Emeritus Emperor Akihito attended a lunch for sovereign monarchs at Windsor Castle to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Emeritus Emperor Akihito of Japan. Photo: Malacañang Photo Bureau

Royal Visits to Japan

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh made one State Visit to Japan in May 1975 when Emperor Showa played host.

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