Security guards patrol a cherry blossom viewing spot in Ueno Park in Tokyo, Japan. April is Japan’s peak cherry blossom, or sakura, season, but the coronavirus has made tourists stay at home. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus: Japan’s cherry blossom season sees tourists stay away

  • ‘Tourists were overflowing. This is about right,’ says one Kyoto local who had grown weary of traffic jams and nuisance tourists during cherry blossom season
  • But widening travel restrictions and closures of most tourism and entertainment venues have gutted Japan’s tourism industry
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Security guards patrol a cherry blossom viewing spot in Ueno Park in Tokyo, Japan. April is Japan’s peak cherry blossom, or sakura, season, but the coronavirus has made tourists stay at home. Photo: AFP
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