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How to go out safely in Tokyo, plus social distancing rules explained
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How to go out safely in Tokyo, plus social distancing rules explained

Everything you need to know about protecting yourself now that social restrictions have eased and Tokyo has begun to reopen

Tokyo to commence stage two of reopening plan on Monday June 1
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Tokyo to commence stage two of reopening plan on Monday June 1

Gyms and movie theatres will be able to reopen with increased safety and social distancing measures

Download more than 100 recipes from the world's top restaurants
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Download more than 100 recipes from the world's top restaurants

This e-cookbook features recipes from 84 world-renowned chefs, and it's free to download

Tokyo shop and department store opening hours  – updated
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Tokyo shop and department store opening hours – updated

Which Tokyo department stores and chains are open after the state of emergency is lifted, and which are still closed

Japan’s amusement parks are asking people not to scream on roller coasters
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Japan’s amusement parks are asking people not to scream on roller coasters

Temperature checks, face masks and no hugging costumed characters – here are the new guidelines for Japanese theme parks when they reopen

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Japan plans to fully reopen the economy as early as August
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Japan plans to fully reopen the economy as early as August

Japan will restart the economy with sports, concerts and eventually domestic and international travel

Japan’s new Go to Travel subsidy will help pay for your domestic vacation
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Japan’s new Go to Travel subsidy will help pay for your domestic vacation

The Japan Tourism Agency has confirmed that the campaign is only for domestic tourism

Japan is planning to launch fireworks simultaneously in all 47 prefectures this summer
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Japan is planning to launch fireworks simultaneously in all 47 prefectures this summer

The exact date and time for the 'Cheer Up! Hanabi' nationwide fireworks display are still a secret

These are all the countries and regions affected by Japan’s entry ban
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These are all the countries and regions affected by Japan’s entry ban

Border restrictions will likely be in place until the end of June to limit the spread of coronavirus

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Make the most of your Time In

You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online
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You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online

Scream to go faster

Visit the top museums in Tokyo and across Japan with these virtual tours
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Visit the top museums in Tokyo and across Japan with these virtual tours

See sand sculptures, Japanese art and more museum exhibitions from your home for free

Learn about classical Japanese art with this online exhibition from the Harvard Art Museums
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Learn about classical Japanese art with this online exhibition from the Harvard Art Museums

Go beyond the canvas with this in-depth look at Edo-era paintings from the Feinberg Collection

Ghibli Museum has added new videos to its virtual tours
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Ghibli Museum has added new videos to its virtual tours

You can now visit the world of Totoro, Ponyo and Hayao Miyazaki without a ticket

This Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto is teaching Zazen meditation online
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This Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto is teaching Zazen meditation online

Feeling stressed or anxious? Calm your mind with this introduction to Zazen meditation

Nine delicious ways to use miso in your cooking that don't involve soup
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Nine delicious ways to use miso in your cooking that don't involve soup

There are so many other ways to use miso, from creamy scrambled eggs and miso caramel to brownies and salads

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What to watch next

Watch Japanese movies for free with this global film festival on YouTube
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Watch Japanese movies for free with this global film festival on YouTube

We Are One: A Global Film Festival features films curated by the Tokyo International Film Festival – and you can watch for free

The best documentaries about Japanese food
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The best documentaries about Japanese food

Learn about the history, flavours and techniques of Japanese cooking with Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Niki Nakayama, Jiro Ono and more

Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix
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Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix

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Watch these world-famous theatre shows for free online
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Watch these world-famous theatre shows for free online

Enjoy the world's best musicals, ballet, traditional Japanese theatre and more from your living room

Coronavirus updates

Help those affected by coronavirus by donating to these organisations in Japan
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Help those affected by coronavirus by donating to these organisations in Japan

Put your Covid-19 stimulus money to good use and donate to these Japan-based charities caring for vulnerable communities

Venues and attractions in Japan that are starting to reopen
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Venues and attractions in Japan that are starting to reopen

These museums, galleries, parks and zoos in Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and more are opening up again

Uniqlo will sell reusable Airism face masks this summer
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Uniqlo will sell reusable Airism face masks this summer

The fast fashion retailer will be releasing face masks made from its fast-drying Airism material

How to wear a face mask without fogging up your glasses
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How to wear a face mask without fogging up your glasses

Use these simple tricks to keep your lenses clear while wearing a face mask

Live updates: the Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Tokyo and Japan right now
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Live updates: the Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Tokyo and Japan right now

Keep calm and read this: the latest news and updates on the Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Tokyo and Japan

This NHK experiment reveals how easily coronavirus can spread in public
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This NHK experiment reveals how easily coronavirus can spread in public

Japan’s national broadcaster demonstrates the rapid spread of coronavirus in a restaurant without proper precautions

Tokyo delivery guide

These vegan restaurants in Tokyo are offering takeout
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These vegan restaurants in Tokyo are offering takeout

From burgers to izakaya classics and baked goods, these vegan restaurants are now offering their meatless menu for takeaway

Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo are now doing takeout
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Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo are now doing takeout

Looking to treat yourself? Get a gourmet meal to go from some of Tokyo's top-rated restaurants

These Japanese breweries and bars are now delivering craft beer
Bars and pubs

These Japanese breweries and bars are now delivering craft beer

Everything they brew, they brew it for you

Iconic Tokyo dishes that are available for takeaway
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Iconic Tokyo dishes that are available for takeaway

Wagyu sandwiches, takoyaki, sliders and more

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Download our Tokyo guide maps for free
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Download our Tokyo guide maps for free

Discover the best things to do in and around Tokyo, from Shibuya and Ikebukuro to Otsuka and Arakawa

Spring 2020 issue out now
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Spring 2020 issue out now

The best of springtime in Tokyo, the city’s most scenic waterways, food streets, Japanese gardens, restaurants for solo diners, Kanagawa islands, and more

Winter 2020 issue
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Winter 2020 issue

Tokyo on a budget, with free things to do and cheap eats under ¥1,000

Autumn 2019 issue
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Autumn 2019 issue

Drinking in Tokyo, from Japanese craft beer, wine and gin to coffee and tea

Learn something new

10 things you didn't know were invented in Japan
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10 things you didn't know were invented in Japan

From pop culture icons like the emoji to technology staple like flash memory, Japan has changed the world profoundly

How to make a DIY no-sew face mask from t-shirts, socks and paper towels
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How to make a DIY no-sew face mask from t-shirts, socks and paper towels

Follow these videos to make a simple non-medical face mask – no sewing required

English words that have completely different meanings in Japan
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English words that have completely different meanings in Japan

Did you know 'viking' means buffet in Japan?

Online courses about Japan you can attend for free
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Online courses about Japan you can attend for free

These English-language university-level courses cover everything from Japanese literature and history to architecture and business. Best of all, they’re free

The best podcasts to learn about Japan
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The best podcasts to learn about Japan

Discover Japanese daily life, food, history, sake and even ghost stories through these engaging podcasts

Learn Japanese for free online
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Learn Japanese for free online

These online resources will help you learn and brush up your Japanese language skills at no cost

Virtual tours of Tokyo and Japan

Take a virtual tour of Japan's most spectacular tulip garden
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Take a virtual tour of Japan's most spectacular tulip garden

Explore Hitachi Seaside Park's virtual tour and see 260,000 tulips in bloom right now

Travel through Japan with these VR videos: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and more
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Travel through Japan with these VR videos: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and more

See Japan from the comfort of your couch

Watch now: These 360-degree cherry blossom VR videos are incredibly soothing
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Watch now: These 360-degree cherry blossom VR videos are incredibly soothing

You can now see the flowers all year round

Zoos in Japan are live-streaming their polar bears, white tiger and whale shark
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Zoos in Japan are live-streaming their polar bears, white tiger and whale shark

For your daily dose of cuteness

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More stories about Tokyo and Japan

Tokyo Q&A: Who are the people on Japanese yen banknotes?
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Tokyo Q&A: Who are the people on Japanese yen banknotes?

Who's printed on the ¥1,000, ¥5,000 and ¥10,000 Japanese yen notes – and how they will change in 2024

Tokyo has two 'hospitals' for treating soft toys
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Tokyo has two 'hospitals' for treating soft toys

Plushies get the full treatment at these adorable clinics, from a warm bath to a face lift and hair treatment

Japan has a new amabie mascot and it's here to ward off plagues
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Japan has a new amabie mascot and it's here to ward off plagues

The mermaid-like mythical creature, believed to cure illness, appeared in mascot form at a school in Kagoshima

English words that have completely different meanings in Japan
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English words that have completely different meanings in Japan

Avoid getting lost in translation by learning these commonly used Japanified terms with different meanings...

What you need to know before getting a Japan-inspired tattoo
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What you need to know before getting a Japan-inspired tattoo

Rule No. 5: never rely on Google Translate

The best books set in Japan
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The best books set in Japan

Explore postwar Nagasaki, go on road trip with a cat, and meet Japanese mythological creatures in these five books that take place in Japan

Keep the kids entertained

Hanshin Railways offers Osaka and Kobe colouring pages and art tutorials
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Hanshin Railways offers Osaka and Kobe colouring pages and art tutorials

Learn how to colour trains and landmarks in Osaka and Kobe with these tutorials from Hanshin Railways

This Studio Ghibli co-founder is showing us how to draw Totoro
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This Studio Ghibli co-founder is showing us how to draw Totoro

Get an anime art lesson from Studio Ghibli producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki

Doraemon offers free online games and manga to encourage fans to stay home
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Doraemon offers free online games and manga to encourage fans to stay home

The new Stay Home Project by Doraemon features free online games, wallpapers, manga and colouring pages

Our favourite Japanese children’s books in English
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Our favourite Japanese children’s books in English

Give bedtime a Tokyo twist with these popular kids’ books from Japan

Tokyo events calendar