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Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Gate Bridge are closed to pedestrians until the end of Golden Week

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With the celebration of Showa Day on April 29, Japan’s Golden Week holidays have officially begun. Usually, this means people are travelling to Okinawa for some much-needed sun and sea, or other destinations around the world. This year, however, we are all urged to stay home after a state of emergency was declared nationwide due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo Gate Bridge
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To discourage Tokyoites from going on non-essential outings over Golden Week, Tokyo officials have decided to temporarily close two of the capital’s major sightseeing bridges to pedestrians. The Rainbow Bridge, running between Shibaura and Odaiba, as well as the Tokyo Gate Bridge in Koto ward are both closed to pedestrians between April 25 and May 6.

Get live updates on the Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Tokyo and Japan here.

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