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Since the coronavirus broke out in Japan masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper have been sold out almost everywhere. On top of that, many tourist attractions are temporarily closed with some big events like the Meguro Cherry Blossom Festival being canceled altogether. This can be quite heartbreaking for travelers who may have planned their trip around Japan’s upcoming cherry blossom season.
Though the actual infection and death rate due to the coronavirus is relatively low in Japan, local governments are doing their best to prevent further spread of the virus. Though really, if you just wash your hands with soap and water (which you should be doing anyway) you’ll be fine.
Here’s a list of major attractions that will be closed until mid-March.
Meguro River Cherry Blossom Festival
Cancelation period: Fri, March 20 to Fri, April 10
While the virus itself cannot stop the actual blooming of the cherry blossoms, there won’t be any sakura-flavored champagne or nighttime light up this year. You’re still free to walk along the river, however.
TeamLab Borderless and Planets
Closing period: Fri, Feb. 29 to undetermined date