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How to spend Golden Week in Tokyo this year

Golden Week 2021 in Tokyo will look very different due to the state of emergency. Here’s what to expect

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Time Out Tokyo Editors
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In Tokyo, Golden Week usually offers a bonanza of great things to do. However, for the second year in a row, the Golden Week holidays will look very different in 2021. Things will be much more subdued and most of us will be spending more time at home. Luckily, not everything is shut down in the city – most restaurants are still open till 8pm and select events will still be running, albeit with reduced hours.

The Covid-19 situation in Tokyo is volatile at the moment, with the city now under a new state of emergency, so it's more important than ever to plan your holidays carefully. Tokyoites have been asked to avoid nonessential outings as much as possible. If you are going out, be sure to check venue and event websites for the latest updates, and keep an eye on the latest government safety information, too.

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Venue and store closures

Things to do in Tokyo

  • Hotels

Want a quick and easy staycation without leaving the city? From enjoying cool hotel pools to dining at top notch restaurants and bars, these luxury Tokyo hotels can be your home away from home, even just for a weekend. Many hotels are currently offering great deals, so you can live it up without skipping town.

  • Restaurants
  • Tea rooms

The old English tradition of afternoon tea is alive and well in Tokyo, where city hotels are constantly trying to outdo each other with ever more luxurious servings. What's more, these indulgent tea sets often come with a Japanese twist, so you can expect an extensive selection with creative cakes, scones, small sandwiches and more, all featuring the ingredient of the season.

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