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Tokyo Tower Reopens to Public

Tokyo Tower will reopen its two observatories to the public on Thursday, May 28. But visitors will be urged to avoid the elevators and climb the stairs.

Mixed Reactions Over End of State of Emergency

People in Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto in western Japan where the coronavirus state of emergency was lifted show mixed reactions over the move.

Shuri Castle Reopens After Fire

Shuri Castle in Okinawa reopens with what remains after a fire in October burned down its main structures. The main shrine’s underground ruins, registered as a World Heritage site, is now open to the public.

Play 251 Meters High in the Sky at Sunshine 60

On top of an amazing view overlooking Tokyo, the Sunshine 60 Observatory in Ikebukuro offers an assortment of interactive displays like fun mirrors, interactive glass floors, and more—so that you can make sure the view is one that you'll never forget.

Cancelled Flowers Encourage Medical Workers

While orders for flowers are being canceled as events like wedding ceremonies are called off due to the novel coronavirus, a flower shop in Tokyo decides to send them to hospitals to encourage health care workers.

Government to Give Cash to Needy Students

The Japanese government will offer cash handouts of up to 200,000 yen per person to students in need due to the novel coronavirus pandemic to help them continue their studies.

Tokyo Begins to Reopen on May 26

Tokyo is set to slowly reopen on Tuesday, May 26, with museums, libraries, pools and other facilities seeing restrictions eased.

Japan to Conduct 10,000 Antibody Tests in June

Antibody tests for the novel coronavirus will be given to nearly 10,000 people in Tokyo, Osaka and Miyagi Prefectures starting early June to get a better idea of the spread of the virus.

ANA to Ask All Passengers to Wear Masks

All Nippon Airways will ask all passengers to wear a mask from June to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The History of the World (Sorta) on 6 Floors

For a truly magnificent museum of not only Japanese history but world history, visit the Global Gallery in National Museum of Science and Nature. With nine exhibits across six floors, you'll find yourself in there for hours.

State of Emergency Lifted for All Prefectures

On May 25, the Japanese government finally lifted the State of Emergency alert for the five remaining prefectures, including Tokyo.

Aomori’s Hirosaki Park Reopens

Aomori’s landmark park famous for cherry blossoms reopens after closing for 38 days to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Game Arcades, Karaoke Rooms Reopen in Tokyo

Businesses like game arcades and karaoke rooms reopen in Tokyo as the capital eases restrictions on economic activities after lifting the coronavirus alert.

Beyond Anime: 5 Great Japanese Movies

The world of Japanese cinema is wide, and knowing where to dive in past the season's latest anime hit can be intimidating. We're here to help with five of our favorite timeless classics!

Hospitals Prepare for 2nd Wave of Infection

The state of emergency has been lifted across Japan, but that does not mean the end for the novel coronavirus epidemic. Tokyo hospitals are bracing for a second wave of infections.

Tokyo Issues New Coronavirus Alert

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government issues a new coronavirus alert after the number of new confirmed cases of infection spiked to 34 on June 2.

Explore All of Japan at the Japan Gallery

When you visit a new country, you should learn as much as you can about the country. And what better way to do that than by visiting the Japan Gallery at the National Museum of Science and Nature?

Health Care Workers Face Stigma Over COVID-19

Health care workers in Japan are putting their lives on the line to help the country battle the novel coronavirus epidemic, but their proximity to those infected with the virus has prompted discriminatory actions toward them.

Fly By to Honor Medical Workers

Blue Impulse, the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s acrobatic flight team, flies over central Tokyo to thank medical workers battling the novel coronavirus.

Kyoto Ducklings' Annual Temple to River Trip

Ducklings born at a temple in Kyoto move to a nearby river in what has become an annual event. The move has become an annual event since a pair of ducks came to the temple and had babies in a pond 15 years ago.

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