The Japanese capital Tokyo is hosting the 2021 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympics. Whether or not international visitors will be allowed to attend is still undecided – all the same, Japan’s mega-city presented its attractions on Tuesday at ITB Berlin NOW. Yoshimi Nagase from the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau pointed out that Japan was taking the measures to protect against Covid very seriously. In Tokyo the equivalent of Germany’s “AHA rules“ was advice to avoid the “three Cs“: crowded places, closed spaces and close contact settings. In Tokyo, said Nagase, souvenir shops had reacted quickly to the pandemic – instead of offering tourists souvenirs they were now selling creatively designed, Japanese-style masks.
Yoshimi Nagasa also remarked that Tokyo was a blend of modern and traditional cultural elements, and that the city and its surroundings offered lots of opportunities to spend holidays in nature. Nagase drew particular attention to newly built and remodelled parts of the city such as Shibuya, Waters Takshiba, Mizumachi, Haneda Innovation City and Shimotika.
Representing the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau in Germany, Jenny Bergold said that Tokyo was worth visiting any time of year. Flowering cherry trees and a mild climate attracted visitors in the spring, and the leaves in their many colours in autumn. In summer, visitors should visit one of the approximately 200 islands belonging to the greater area of Tokyo, and in winter bathing in the hot thermal springs known as Onsen was recommended. Bergold also noted that city guides, maps and other publications about Tokyo could be obtained from the German representation of the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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