As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to spread, a nationwide State of Emergency has been declared in Japan, following the State of Emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, and 5 other prefectures made less than 2 weeks ago. As the Golden Week holidays approach the end of April, it is important that people continue to stay home and keep the virus from spreading. We at Experience Suginami Tokyo want to continue to give you information about visiting our unique local area of Tokyo, but at this time we ask you to hold off on making trips and stay home until the pandemic subsides. In the meantime we hope to provide you with articles to read from home to consider planning your visit in the future. Please stay safe and sit tight for the time being.
The cherry blossoms have started to open in Tokyo, so we can expect full bloom in around 2 weeks, though many predictions for full bloom are March 23. To reduce the spreading of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), it is urged that those who want to enjoy the cherry blossoms this year please enjoy a stroll through the areas rather than typical “hanami” picnics with eating and drinking in groups. Also please respect cough etiquette and do your part to prevent the spread of the virus. Along the Zenpukuji River at Zenpukuji-Gawa Green Park is one great place for your sakura stroll.
Recently in Japan many events have been cancelled and traveling to Japan has also been discouraged due to the Coronavirus outbreak. You may have been planning a trip here and decided to cancel, or you may already be visiting and not sure how to handle the situation. The most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus/COVID-19 in Japan (and abroad) can be found on the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website. You can find that information on our Emergency & Useful Info page. We plan to add other helpful links there also.
We have added more guides/maps such as Nishi-Ogikubo’s antique District, Koenji’s Nightlife, and a general guide to the Suginami Area, so be sure to check our Maps & Info page, where you can view or download the PDF’s.