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Tokyo parks issue Covid-19 safety advice for visiting during the state of emergency

Popular parks like Yoyogi Park, Kinuta Park and Saigoyama Park have implemented rules to curb the spread of Covid-19

By Youka Nagase
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Japan has revised its Covid-19 restrictions since it declared to extend its state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Fukuoka and Aichi prefectures, which will last until May 31. Major department stores, restaurants and attractions have remained closed or shortened their business hours for the time being. Major parks in Tokyo have also implemented new rules to help curb the spread of the virus. 

In general, public parks within Tokyo have asked people to follow basic social distancing rules like wearing a mask and avoid visiting during peak hours. Popular ones, however, have put in place additional safety rules. Here we have compiled the respective parks' advice and recommendations to help you make a responsible, informed decision about visiting.

Arisugawa Park

Big group picnics are not allowed for the time being. (The park did not specify what constitutes a 'big group'.)

Inokashira Park

Certain sections of the park are cordoned off for the time being, especially areas around the pond.

Kinuta Park

Picnics and gatherings are limited to five people each and must be kept under two hours. The soccer and baseball fields are closed.

Meguro city parks

Including Higashiyama Park, Nakameguro Park, Saigoyama Park, etc

People are asked to refrain from visiting the parks after 8pm and during peak hours. Those with younger children should make sure that they're not socialising in clusters.

Setagaya city parks

Including Hanegi Park, Setagaya Park, Todoroki Valley, etc

Drinking and eating is prohibited in the park and people must refrain from using the park for non-essential outings. Joggers must wear a mask and keep a 10-metre distance from other joggers.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park has reopened its basketball court, soccer and hockey fields, but certain sections of the park are still cordoned off and club gatherings are prohibited. Picnics and gatherings are limited to five people each and must not exceed two hours.

This article was originally published on April 29 and updated on May 12.

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