27. November 2020
The 2020 NPB Season safely came to a close with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks sweeping the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants 4-0 in the Japan Series. The Hawks are now the Japanese Champions for four years in a row. And the preliminary schedule for the 2021 season has already been released: *Back to the normal 143 game format *March 26 - Season Opener *July 19-August 12- Interruption of games due to the Summer Olympics *Oct 16- Final regular season game The season schedule could change drastically depending on...
17. October 2020
As the government continues to explore ways to host the Summer Olympics amidst the pandemic, the Yokohama BayStars baseball team will take part in an "experiment" to make available 80% of its seats for its home games from Oct 30-Nov 1. The trial conducted by the local government, NEC and LINE will monitor fan movement and collect data from the 27,000+spectators that could attend on each of the three days. As precautions against the virus, Japanese sport teams are only selling a max of 50% of...
14. October 2020
We've heard of visitors doing weird things like taking pictures of the different designed manholes, and now a tour of different public toilets might be the next fad. The Tokyo Toilet Project is ongoing in the Shibuya Ward and by the end of 2021 will feature 17 new public toilets by some of the most famous names in Japanese architecture. Restrooms designed by Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban and Fumihiko Maki have already opened while there are plans for more from Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto and Toyo Ito....
23. September 2020
The Japanese Government is considering to ease entrance restrictions for anyone planning to stay in the country for more than three months, allowing workers and students from any nation to enter the country. The Asahi Shimbun reported the proposal, citing multiple government sources. Entrance will be limited to 1,000 people per day, and there will be a 14 day self-isolation requirement. All visitors need to clear the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test upon arrival at the airport. Business...
03. September 2020
Starting next spring, the final train on the Yamanote Line will be leaving about 30 minutes earlier, according to media reports. JR East is making the move to allow more time for maintenance crew and also cut down on operation costs. This means services will end around 0:30 instead of 1 am. The news come as many major rail operators in Japan are reporting huge losses due to companies switching to teleworking and reducing business trips. Bars and restaurants are closing earlier, or not operating...
23. July 2020
The Hakone Tozan Railway resumed full operation today, more than nine months after it received heavy damage from Typhoon Hagibis. Visitors can now do a full circuit of the main tourist sites by using the Tozan Rail, Cable Car, Ropeway and the boat on Lake Ashi.
01. July 2020
As of July 1st, Japan bans entry of residents from a total 129 countries/regions. https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/ In the past month, there has been reports the government is considering easing restrictions on business entries from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. On July 1st, the Asahi Shimbun reported that Taiwan, South Korea and China are also among the candidates. Brunei and Myanmar could also possibly be included. After business travel resumes, students will receive...
24. June 2020
Following the lifting of the state of emergency, more facilities are starting to reopen to the public. Some places conduct body temperature checks at the entrance and all locations require visitors to wear a mask. Places that have reopened: Amusement Parks Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea (reopening July 1st/requires advance reservation) Gardens Imperial Palace East Gardens Rikugien Koshishikawa Korakuen Hamarikyu Shinjuku Gyoen Obseravtion decks Tokyo Tower Tokyo Skytree Shibuya Sky (Shibuya...
17. June 2020
The much anticipated season for NPB baseball and J League soccer will resume soon. Both leagues announced its revised schedule on the 15th. ・After completing several rounds of preseason games, NPB will begin its regular season on June 19th and play a 120 game season. Games will not go beyond the 10th inning, and each team can carry a max of five foreign players on the roster instead of four. In the Central League, the playoffs will not be held and the winner of the league will automatically...
27. May 2020
The Tokyo Tower becomes one of the first tourist facilities to reopen following the lifting of the state of emergency. And the following rule might allow for the facility to easily implement social distancing rules ; visitors will not be allowed to use the lift and will need to climb up and down the emergency staircase. There are about 600 steps to the main observation deck located at the 150 meter level. Update (June 10) It has been reported that visitors are already allowed to use the...

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