Belgian State Visit to Japan, Day One


The King and Queen of the Belgians on the first day of their State Visit to Japan
(photo MonarchieBe Twitter)

The King and Queen of the Belgians have begun a six day State Visit to Japan, the first time they have visited the country in this capacity since the accession of Philippe in 2013. The royal couple hit the ground running, packing in plenty even though the official welcome ceremony doesn't take place until October 11th 2016. It's a sign of things to come - this State Visit will be a busy one for Philippe and Mathilde.


The King and Queen of the Belgians arriving in Tokyo at the start of their State Visit to Japan
(photo MonarchieBe Twitter)

The Belgian King and Queen arrived in Tokyo on October 10th on a Belgian Airforce plane and after a welcome ceremony they drove to the centre of the Japanese capital.


The first public engagement of this tour was a visit to the Nezu Shrine in Tokyo. The shrine is one of the oldest in the Shinto religion and the King and Queen of the Belgians were given a guided tour of the ancient site.





The evening was spent meeting Belgian people living and working in Japan. This introduction to the country is a prelude to the main State Visit which will get under way tomorrow when King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are given an official welcome and have an audience with the Emperor of Japan. #BelJap2016 is well and truly under way.

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