TOKYO: The "Daijokyu" halls, where Imperial enthronement-related rites were performed last month, drew 782,081 visitors during the 18 days to Sunday when the site was opened to the public.
The number rose sharply from 439,780 visitors also over 18 days on the previous occasion following the 1989 Imperial succession.
Emperor Naruhito performed the "Daijosai" grand thanksgiving rites, considered the most important enthronement-related event, at the Daijokyu complex in the Imperial Palace in mid-November this year.
The public was allowed to view the complex of about 40 buildings from Nov. 21. From Nov. 30, Inui Street in the palace was also opened to the public until Sunday.
The number of visitors to Daijokyu increased apparently because Inui Street was also opened.
The Daijokyu complex is built for each occasion of Daijosai and demolished after use.