Photo/IllutrationTourists admire and take photos of the Takamikura imperial throne in the Shishinden building of the Kyoto Imperial Palace on April 4. (Yoshiko Sato)

KYOTO--Visitors enjoyed a rare look at the Takamikura imperial throne at the Kyoto Imperial Palace here April 4 as an exhibition of court culture started a 5-day run.

The throne sits in the Shishinden, the main building of the palace in the ancient capital's Kamigyo Ward.

During the special limited-time event, visitors can catch a glimpse of the priceless chair from the courtyard to the Shishinden’s south, which is usually off-limits to the public.

The roofed structure containing the throne, which stands about 6.5 meters high and weighs about 8 tons, was transported by helicopters from Kyoto to Tokyo for Emperor Akihito’s coronation at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in November 1990.

It was sent back to Kyoto after the ceremony, and will be transported to Tokyo again for Crown Prince Naruhito’s enthronement, scheduled in October 2019.

The special exhibition runs through April 8. The palace is open to the public from 9 a.m. and the last entrance time is 3:50 p.m.