Emperor Naruhito To Visit Aichi In June

Emperor Naruhito to visit Aichi in June

Japanese Emperor Naruhito is to make a two-day visit to Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in June, to attend an annual tree-planting ceremony.

This will be his first official visit outside the capital Tokyo since acceding to the throne on May 1.

The national tree-planting ceremony has been held since 1950 with the Emperor in attendance, at various locations across the country, to help raise public awareness of forest conservation.

The Imperial Household Agency says Emperor Naruhito is to leave Tokyo by train on June 1. The next day, he will attend the 70th national ceremony to be held at Aichi Prefecture Forest Park. He will give a speech, and then take part in ceremonial sapling planting.

Following the ceremony, the Emperor will travel by car to Okazaki City in the prefecture to visit a facility that provides support for people with disabilities. He will then fly back to Tokyo.

Empress Masako is expected to accompany him on the visit to Aichi.