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Desperate for guests, Hokkaido hotels offer rooms for $20

Coronavirus delivers blow to Japan's tourist-dependent island

Just few tourists were seen at Sapporo's historic clock tower.

HAKODATE/SAPPORO, Japan -- As the coronavirus outbreak drives guests away from Japan's tourist hot spots, some hotels have begun offering rooms for as little as $20 in a desperate attempt to keep doors open.

Hakodate in Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido is a popular spot for Japanese and foreign tourists alike. But these days, its iconic shopping complex in old, brick warehouses and its famous morning market feel deserted.

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