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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Instagram held a joint publicity campaign #MY TOKYO IS _____, calling people to post personal media of their “favorite side of Tokyo.” See content from all over the world with the online 3DCG-enhanced VIRTUAL EXHIBITION 2020 and TOKYO SCENERY GUIDE to get excited for future travels to Tokyo! (Japanese)
Contact: Tourism Division, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Released last July, SoundMap Shibuya is a new tourist information Web Service for Shibuya using maps, music, and AR. Experience an exciting music-filled tour of Shibuya even from abroad!
Press Release (Japanese)

On Friday, July 31, leading Japanese cosmetic maker SHISEIDO opened its first flagship store, SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE. It offers many COVID-19-safe non-contact cosmetic experiences, such as beauty counseling, automated product testers, and Japan’s first next-generation meditation exercises. (Japanese)

Tokyo welcomed its latest landmark, MIYASHITA PARK! This new Shibuya attraction is a multiplex structure, combining a rooftop park, hotel, food court, and commercial facilities. (Japanese)
For over 10 years, this dazzling fish-filled event has been a popular summer tradition in Tokyo. From August 28, it’ll receive a permanent exhibition at the Art Aquarium Museum. This Japonism-themed exhibition of “living art” features more than 30,000 lively goldfish.
To help customers choose safe businesses to visit, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is issuing “COVID-19 Safety Stickers” to stores taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.
Founded in 1919, the Yamato Group became one of Japan's most successful logistics companies. On July 2, they opened the Kuronekoyamato History Museum, where you can discover the history of logistics starting from 1919 to the latest advanced systems used today.
Aloft Tokyo Ginza is the newest addition in a wave of next-generation lifestyle hotels and the first Aloft in Japan that combines accommodations, art, music and technology.
Contact: Aloft Tokyo Ginza – Sales & Marketing

Last July, work finished on the TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN® Sumida Aquarium’s first major renovation since its opening. The aquarium now showcases a large 7m long jellyfish tank.
Curtains rise at the Asakusa Kokono Club, Japan’s first theater-style hotel. Prerecorded and live performances are streamed on the hotel’s online theater.
Contact: Nakagawa
In addition to the four Sumida River bridges being lit up to show support for health care workers, the Azuma Bridge and Tsukiji-ohashi Bridge have now been added. The colorful light displays on these ten unique bridges breathe new life into the downtown nightscape. (Japanese)

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Tokyo remains an example of striking contrast on the world stage with an evolving culture that reflects both Japan’s reverence for tradition and forward-looking ambitions. In this section, each issue dives deep into themes around Food, Craft, Nature, Sports, Architecture, Nightlife, Shopping, and more.

The Legacy of Tokyo’s Abundant Parks and Gardens

Every great city has an equally great park that seems to encapsulate the very essence of its home metropolis, like London’s Hyde Park or New York’s Central Park. Tokyo, on the other hand, boasts multiple amazing green spaces, including the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or Yoyogi Park, but are they really representative of the whole Japanese capital?

Walking among those green spaces in Tokyo, you may start to understand that Tokyo gardens are different than the ones in Kyoto or Nara. There’s an air of competition to them. It’s almost like they’re trying to upstage each other. You see, when Tokyo was still Edo, most of it was taken up by samurai residences, with those of the top feudal lords vying to have the most beautiful park or garden around. These so-called “daimyo-teien” numbered in the hundreds, perhaps even in the thousands, and they have influenced most of Tokyo’s modern park culture.

Some of the grandest daimyo-teien still stand today, like the Rikugien Gardens, the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, or the Higo-Hosokawa Garden (formerly the Shin-Edogawa Garden.) The Tokyo National Museum Garden and teahouse has normally been open to the public for short periods during the spring and summer. Beginning last June, though, it will now be open year-round. And to make the area even more enjoyable, it’s said the garden will soon a central pond as elegant as the museum itself.

Instead of one green symbol, Tokyo seems to have many smaller parks that illustrate the individual charms of the city’s areas. There’s Shinjuku Central Park, which recently became home to the SHUKNOVA facility where you can enjoy yoga, bouldering, café and lunch while being surrounded by a calming verdant oasis. MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya also has been renewed this year, mixing nature with that familiar Shibuya zeal for fashion and commerce. In autumn, at long last, the brand-new location IKE・SUNPARK has joined the "four parks around Ikebukuro Station", completing the ambitious project.

Green Map by Tokyo Metropolitan Greening Fund

Find your Green Tokyo! Project

Tokyo National Museum Garden

SHUKNOVA in Shinjuku Central Park (Japanese)

IKE・SUNPARK in Ikebukuro (Japanese)

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Find comfort in Keio Plaza Hotel's Measures to Prevent the Spread of Infection of the COVID-19 in Shinjuku.

Get a to know Shibuya’s local scene from a tourist’s point of view with content from the promotional campaign “Movin’” by SHIBUYA STREAM EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU.

In “Shinagawa Seaweed,” learn how the history and culture of seaweed harvesting began in Shinagawa in Edo period through a series of animated seaweed cutouts.


Enjoy the Odaiba area from the land and water on the amphibious TOKYO NO KABA bus. Sample a taste of the fun and excitement with this video.

Enjoy night scenes of fall in Japan with a 2019 video taking you through the Japanese garden at Showa Kinen Park.

Enjoy nighttime sounds of Tokyo’s suburbs with Hamura City’s “Voices of Autumn Creatures.”


  Tokyo Event Calendar

Check out these annual festivals and events held in Tokyo. You can see the list of all major festivals, fireworks, parades, religious events, and other events in Greater Tokyo.
*Depending on the situation, festivals and events scheduled in 2020 may be canceled. Please check the official website for the latest information.

Open Calendar


Please click on the link below to download the photos, press releases and new opening accommodation list.


From Editor

In Japan, autumn has earned the title of one of the most appetizing seasons of the year. Everything is so delicious that it is hard not to totally stuff yourself! Due to COVID-19, we can't go out to restaurants as much as we would like, but Tokyo's department stores are still a paradise stocked with all kinds of mouthwatering food. I will buy loads of sushi and sweets to take with me in my lunch box and enjoy the seasonal flavors while taking in the spectacular autumn scenery of Tokyo's parks.

Kyoko Higashi / TOKYO NOW Editorial Staff  


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Supported by: Tourism Division, Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government.