A Look At Tokyo Without Tourists


Typically, parts of Tokyo are overrun with tourists. These are not typical times.

Because of covid-19, Japan has closed the country to tourists (until this month, it has also closed the country to foreign residents and even made it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, for permanent residents to leave and then re-enter the country).

While the number of novel coronavirus continues to decline and increasingly people are going out, the restrictions have led to a 99.9 per cent drop in tourism, putting a hard stop on the number of visitors checking out the sights to near nil.

YouTuber Shinichi (via Oona McGree at SoraNews) has documented what Tokyo tourist hotspots Shinjuku and Asakusa look like without the tourists. If you’ve ever been to either, you’ll probably be surprised to see them so empty!

Shinchi visited Shinjuku during a national holiday, so it should’ve been especially crowded — but was not.


  • If you like ‘walking tour’ videos in Japan, check out YouTuber Rambalac.
    He has a camera rig that he carries around and does walking tours of popular tourist spots, parks, local back-alleys and side-streets, and he’s got numerous videos of COVID-depopulated urban areas. He visits festivals, fireworks, does night and day walks, visits other major Japanese cities, and upgraded to 4K. Great stuff to have on in the background.

    • In some places, if you go out and about for a walk early enough in the morning, you can see shop-owners out on the streets with buckets and brushes, cleaning the pavement and gutters in front of their shops.

      Blew my fucking mind when I saw how widespread and regular it was.

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