National Diet Building(Kokkai Gijido)

National Diet Building(Kokkai Gijido)

Located in Nagatacho, Chiyoda, the National Diet Building is the place where the members of the Diet of Japan meet. It is home to the official meeting of the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors each occupying one of the wings of the building. The construction of the building dates back as early as the late 1880s, but the official beginning of the building which stands today was begun in 1920. An important governmental building it is also known for its architectural mastery.


The early design of the building were made by Hermann Ende and Wilhelm Bockmann which were both German architects. They wanted to construct a “governmental ring”. After many different influences and revisions were made, the first building was begun in 1890 and the second in 18911. The current building that stands today was commissioned and begun in 1910 which still stands as a symbol of the power of the Japanese governing agencies.

Tour of National Diet Building

If you are looking to tour the building of the National Diet you can take an official tour. A guard escorts the visitors though the Imperials Family’s Room, the Public Gallery, the Emperor’s Room, the Central Hall, the Front Courtyard and other places as well. Open during the weekdays the tour takes about 60 minutes to complete. You must go to the reception desk to arrange the tour and be received for viewing of the building with an official guide.

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