Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have gone for a walk outside the Imperial Palace to take in the cherry blossoms.
The Imperial couple started their stroll at Kitahanebashi-mon gate early Sunday. They walked with their arms linked as they made their way to Inui-mon gate.
This is the first time in about a year the couple have gone for a walk outside the Imperial Palace.
They were spotted by people jogging through the area, who looked surprised to see the couple.
The walk lasted around seven minutes. The Emperor and Empress smiled and waved before returning inside the palace.
They were seen talking to one another with smiles on their faces.