Tokyo life & travel now - June 2020



2020.06.25 (Thu)

Asakusa and other popular Tokyo destinations without the usual crowds

Life in Japan is slowly moving towards a new normal. The country’s state of emergency has been lifted and now residents of Japan can travel between prefectures. But people are still very careful about where they go and many stay home. International travel restrictions are also in place. So popular areas that are usually crowded with domestic and international visitors every day are still relatively quiet.

At Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa’s Tokyo district shops have opened again, but there are not that many visitors. The Asakusa Tourism Federation posts daily pictures from Senso-ji Temple and nearby streets. Take a look to see what the area is like without the regular crowds.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many local events have been canceled and postponed. One of Tokyo’s main summer events, the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival will not take place in 2020. Asakusa Shrine’s festival Sanja Matsuri has been tentatively postponed from May to mid-October, but the final decision about it will be made in late August. Less crowded events are going ahead though. Natsumode at Asakusa Shrine (July 1-7) for example is inviting people to visit the shrine as a good start into the second half of the year.

As Tokyo is continuously monitoring the situation in the city, everyday life is adapting to the changing requirements. Shops and venues that had been temporarily closed are opening up again. Near Asakusa, Ueno Zoo and the Tokyo National Museum for example allow visitors again. Many facilities have changed or shortened their opening hours and admit only a limited number of people for everyone's safety. It is best to check official websites for updates and detailed information before visiting anywhere.

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