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Picturesque park near Mt. Fuji with cherished views closed for the year

A magnificent panoramic view of Mount Fuji, cherry blossoms, and a five-storied pagoda can be seen from Arakurayama Sengen Park in Yamanashi Prefecture in this photo taken on April 15, 2020. (Mainichi/Kenji Noro)
The stairs leading to the entrance of Arakurayama Sengen Park are shown blocked in this photo taken on April 15, 2020. (Mainichi/Kenji Noro)

FUJIYOSHIDA, Yamanashi -- Arakurayama Sengen Park, a popular tourist spot for its seasonal views of cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji and a five-storied pagoda in this central Japan city has been closed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The park, which is usually bustling with both domestic and foreign visitors, has been closed since April 3 as a countermeasure against the spread of coronavirus infections. An annual festival showcasing the roughly 650 cherry blossom trees in bloom has also been canceled. The five-storied pagoda in the area is a monument for commemorating the war dead of the city of Fujiyoshida.

The Mainichi Shimbun took a photograph of the panoramic view on April 15, in which the sakura blossoms were in full bloom, with the permission of city officials.

A city representative commented, "We would like tourists to refrain from coming to the park this year as the sakura blossoms will also be in bloom next year. We await your visits next spring."

(Japanese original by Kenji Noro, Regional News Department)

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