Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have visited the mausoleum of Emperor Meiji in Kyoto in a ceremony related to the Emperor's enthronement.
The Imperial couple arrived at the mausoleum on Thursday morning to report the completion of key enthronement ceremonies and rituals. The Emperor is a great-great-grandson of Emperor Meiji.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have visited ancestral mausoleums to report the completion of rites signifying the Emperor's enthronement.
The couple arrived at the mausoleum of the legendary first emperor of Japan, Jinmu, on Wednesday morning in the city of Kashihara in Nara Prefecture, western Japan.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have ended two days of ceremonies at Ise Shrine in central Japan to mark the completion of major rites signifying the Emperor's enthronement.
The Emperor, clad in a traditional robe, traveled in a horse-drawn carriage on Saturday morning to the Inner Shrine. It is dedicated to the Sun Goddess, the ancestor of the Imperial family according to legend.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako arrived in Mie Prefecture from Tokyo on Thursday to visit Ise Shrine following the completion of rituals involving the Emperor's enthronement.
This is the Imperial couple's first trip to the shrine after the Emperor ascended the throne in May. Two of the three types of Imperial regalia were brought with them.
The sunny streets of Tokyo are already filling up with excited crowds ahead of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement procession. The Emperor and Empress will parade through the heart of the city in an open-top limousine on Sunday afternoon.
People have been gathering around the Imperial Palace since the morning so they can get a good look at the Imperial couple.
It's been almost half a year since the Emperor ascended the throne. While Emperor Naruhito has been following in his father's footsteps as a Symbol of the state, he's also been searching for a more modern vision as Emperor.
On May 1, the Emperor took part in the "Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi" -- a ceremony to inherit the Imperial Regalia from his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito.
The Emperor and the Empress took part in the opening ceremony of the National Sports Festival of Japan in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Saturday.
The couple was received by Ibaraki Governor Kazuhiko Oigawa at Katsuta Station, where they arrived on a special train used exclusively by members of the Imperial family.