People around the world also marked the transition to a new era.
Belgium's Royal Family commented on Facebook that during the Heisei era its Kings visited Japan several times, as well as hosted state visits for Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko. The Royal Family said they look forward to further deepening relations between the two countries.
In Brazil, home to the world's largest community of Japanese descendants, a new exhibition focusing on the Imperial family opened at the Historical Museum of the Japanese Immigration in Brazil on Tuesday.
A museum official said that she truly hopes the new era will be a beautiful one.
The exhibition features a photo of Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko when they visited the museum's opening ceremony as Crown Prince and Princess in 1978.