COVID-19 Closures: State of Emergency Declared
The Japanese government has declared a month-long state of emergency for several prefectures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.
Many facilities across Japan have already closed, and many non-essential services are expected to shut down due to the declaration, without notice.
Updated 8 April 2020
Osaka is a port city on the Seto Inland Sea, the third largest city in Japan, and the largest in the Kansai region. It has a vibrant food and nightlife culture and is often called “Japan’s Kitchen”.
Despite a long history as the place where people in Japan do business, ironically Kansai people have a reputation for being a little bit too laid back! When Tokyo is busy, it has the feel of commuter bustle; but when Osaka gets busy, it has the feel more like a festival.