08. February 2021
The state of emergency issued for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa has been extended for another month until March 7th. The ban on entry to Japan remains in place for foreign visitors, and the business track program has been suspended.
12. January 2021
Following a surge in new cases and hospital beds quickly reaching capacity, the government declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba. Restrictions focus on restaurants and bars, which will now be ordered to close at 8 PM. Unlike the declaration in April-May 2020, schools will remain open and so will movie theaters and gyms. Sporting and cultural events can still be held though the attendance must be controlled to under 5,000 people. The...
25. December 2020
Due to a spike in new cases of COVID-19, some facilities run by the Tokyo Government announced they will be shutting down for the New Year holiday period between Dec 26-Jan 11. They include places such as: Tokyo Government Building Observatory Ueno Zoo Kasai Rinkai Aquarium (Tokyo Sea Life Park) Hamarikyu Garden Koishikawa Korakuen Garden The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden will also close from Dec 26-Jan 11.
15. December 2020
Anyone arriving in Japan from a foreign country must arrange for transportation in advance under current government guidelines. Starting December 16, the Airport Transport Service (who operate the buses under the "Friendly Airport Limousine" brand) will start a new service to selected hotels in the Akasaka and Shinjuku area, which will be an exclusive service for arriving passengers. https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/uploads/info/2020/12/cross_border_en.pdf A reservation and payment must be placed...
11. December 2020
The committee studying the feasibility of a Mount Fuji Railway met for the fifth time earlier this month. The team is led by the President of the House of Councilors. The plan being discussed will call for a light rail system using the space which is currently the Subaru Line toll road. It will climb to the 5th station parking area, at an elevation of 2,300m (7,500 ft). The initial cost estimate is placed at 1.4 billion JPY. Once the railway is complete, traffic on the road will be limited to...
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...

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