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Latest news on events affecting travel in Japan

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Coronavirus Outbreak

The outbreak of the coronavirus is having a big impact on tourism in Japan. The country's borders remain closed to international tourists, and there are no signs that the borders will be opened to considerable numbers of tourists in the near future.

Current state of tourism: borders closed

Domestic Situation

Although the virus has not spread in Japan at a rate seen in Europe and North America, a rise of infections especially in the Osaka area and the resulting impact on the healthcare system have led to the declaration of a third state of emergency in the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Tokyo from April 25 to May 31, 2021. It will be extended to Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures from May 12.

During the state of emergency, drinking establishments are requested to remain closed. Furthermore, large shopping facilities and tourist attractions are requested to close or to close early in the evenings.

States of emergency were previously observed in spring 2020 nationwide (when schools and a wide array of businesses were closed) and in early 2021 in parts of the country (when early closures of dining and drinking establishments were requested in the evenings).

Japan's vaccination efforts started on a small scale in mid February, with health care workers receiving their first shots. The vaccination of seniors started in mid April under a plan to vaccinate all 36 million of them within three months. The general population is scheduled to follow afterwards, and the country is expected to have received enough vaccines for the entire population by the end of September.

Inside the cities, public transportation has never been greatly affected; however, airlines continue to suspend a considerable amount of their domestic flights, while long-distance railway services are operating generally according to regular schedules.

International Travel Restrictions

Due to the spread of new, more contagious strains of the virus, Japan is closing its borders until further notice to all new foreign arrivals except foreign residents of Japan or under special circumstances.

It is currently undecided when regular tourists will again be able to enter the country, but it is unlikely to happen in considerable numbers before autumn 2021 after the end of the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Closures and cancellations

Most tourist attractions in Japan were closed in April and May 2020, and many events and festivals continue to be cancelled. Most tourist attractions reopened in the meantime, but the new state of emergency has led to renewed closures in the Osaka and Tokyo regions. Below is a list of major tourist attractions and their current state of business in some of the more popular destinations in our sightseeing guide:

Tokyo

Tokyo Tower (closed until May 11)

Tokyo Government Building observation decks (closed indefinitely)

Kyu Shiba Rikyu (closed indefinitely)

Tokyo Disneyland (reopened)

Tokyo DisneySea (reopened)

Guided tours of the Imperial Palace (closed indefinitely)

Imperial East Gardens (closed indefinitely)

Hama Rikyu (closed indefinitely)

Rikugien (closed indefinitely)

Edo Open Air Museum (closed until May 11)

Shinjuku Gyoen (closed until May 31)

Koishikawa Korakuen (closed indefinitely)

Kiyosumi Garden (closed indefinitely)

Showa Memorial Park (closed indefinitely)

Ghibli Museum (closed until May 11)

Institute for Nature Study (closed until May 11)

Sumida Hokusai Museum (closed until May 11)

Tokyo National Museum (closed indefinitely)

Tokyo Skytree (closed indefinitely)

Sumida Aquarium (closed indefinitely)

Edo-Tokyo Museum (closed until May 11)

Yokohama

Ramen Museum (reopened)

Sankeien Garden (reopened)

Zoorasia (reopened)

Kirin Beer Factory (closed indefinitely)

Cupnoodles Museum (reopened)

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise (reopened)

Kamakura

Great Buddha (reopened)

Hasedera Temple (reopened)

Engakuji Temple (reopened)

Kenchoji Temple (reopened)

Hakone

Sightseeing cruises on Lake Ashinoko (reopened)

Hakone Checkpoint (reopened)

Hakone Open Air Museum (reopened)

Gotemba Premium Outlets (reopened)

Pola Museum (reopened)

Hakone Glass no Mori (reopened)

Okada Museum of Art (reopened)

Narukawa Art Museum (reopened)

Hakone Ropeway (reopened)

Komagatake Ropeway (reopened)

Around Mount Fuji

Subaru Line toll road to the 5th Station (reopened)

Kubota Itchiku Museum (closed indefinitely)

Kawaguchiko Music Forest (reopened)

World Heritage Center (reopened)

Fuji Q Highland (reopened)

Maglev Exhibition Center (reopened)

Former Togawa Residence (reopened)

Fujisan Museum (reopened)

Nikko

Toshogu Shrine (reopened)

Taiyuin (reopened)

Rinnoji Temple (reopened)

Tamozawa Villa (reopened)

Kyoto

Sanjusangendo (reopened)

Ryoanji Temple (reopened)

Katsura Villa (closed until May 11)

Kyoto Imperial Palace (closed until May 11)

Nijo Castle (closed until May 11)

Toji Temple (reopened)

Ninnaji Temple (reopened)

Tofukuji Temple (reopened)

Toei Eigamura (closed until May 14)

Sento Palace (closed until May 11)

Shugakuin Villa (closed until May 11)

Kyoto Tower (closed indefinitely)

2021 Aoi Matsuri (cancelled)

Kyoto National Museum (closed until May 11)

Sagano Railway (reopened)

Kyoto Aquarium (closed indefinitely)

Kyoto Railway Museum (closed until May 11)

Yamazaki Whisky Distillery (closed indefinitely)

Osaka

Osaka Castle (closed indefinitely)

Umeda Sky Building (closed indefinitely)

Osaka Aquarium (closed indefinitely)

Shitennoji Temple (reopened)

Osaka Museum of History (closed until May 11)

Osaka Science Museum (closed until Jun 3)

National Museum of Art (closed indefinitely)

Universal Studios Japan (closed indefinitely)

Abeno Harukas (closed indefinitely)

Grand Front Osaka (closed until May 11)

Asahi Beer Suita Brewery (closed indefinitely)

Nara

Todaiji Temple (reopened)

Kofukuji Temple (reopened)

Horyuji Temple (reopened)

Toshodaiji Temple (reopened)

Nara National Museum (reopened)

Heijo Palace (reopened)

Isuien Garden (reopened)

Himeji

Himeji Castle (closed until May 11)

Kokoen Garden (closed until May 11)

Shoshazan Ropeway (closed until May 11)

Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Museum (reopened)

Clock Tower (closed until May 11)

Historic Village of Hokkaido (closed until May 31)

Shiroi Koibito Park (reopened)

Okurayama Ski Jump and the Winter Sports Museum (closed until May 11)

Mount Moiwa (reopened)

Some facilities at Moerenuma Park (reopened)

Sapporo Factory (reopened)

Nagoya

Nagoya Castle (reopened)

Tokugawa Art Museum (reopened)

Port of Nagoya Aquarium (reopened)

Noritake Garden (reopened)

Midland Square (reopened)

Science Museum (reopened)

Railway Museum (reopened)

Legoland (reopened)

Kanazawa

Kenrokuen (reopened)

Seisonkaku Villa (reopened)

Kanazawa Castle (reopened)

Ninjadera (reopened)

21st Century Museum (reopened)

D.T. Suzuki Museum (reopened)

Takayama

Hida Folk Village (reopened)

Takayama Jinya (reopened)

Takayama Yatai Kaikan (reopened)

Matsuri no Mori (reopened)

Naoshima and nearby islands

Chichu Museum (reopened)

Benesse House Museum (reopened)

Art House Project (reopened)

I Love Yu (reopened)

Lee Ufan Museum (reopened)

Ando Museum (reopened)

Art installations on Teshima Island (reopened)

Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Museum (closed until Jun 1)

Hiroshima Castle (closed until Jun 1)

Fukuoka

Canal City (reopened)

Uminonakamichi Park (reopened)

Kyushu National Museum (reopened)

Nagasaki

Atomic Bomb Museum (closed until May 31)

Glover Garden (closed until May 31)

Oura Church (closed until May 15)

Dejima (closed until May 31)

Mount Inasa (closed until May 11)

Cruises to Gunkanjima (closed until May 11)

Nagasaki Museum of History (reopened)

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum (reopened)

Okinawa Island

Shikinaen Garden (reopened)

Peace Memorial Museum (reopened)

Okinawa World (reopened)

Nakagusuku Castle (reopened)

Churaumi Aquarium (reopened)

Nakijin Castle (reopened)

Ocean Expo Park (reopened)

Nago Pineapple Park (reopened)

Ryukyu Mura (reopened)

Sefa Utaki (reopened)

Okinawa Prefectural Museum (reopened)

Tamaudun (reopened)

Karate Kaikan (reopened)

Orion Happy Park (reopened)

2016 Kyushu Earthquake

Strong earthquakes hit Kyushu in April 2016. A few sightseeing spots are still affected. More details

Volcano Closures

No-entry zones are currently maintained at the following prominent volcanoes:

  • Sakurajima (Level 3 - do not approach the volcano)
    Do not climb the mountain. Does not affect transportation and tourism.
  • Aso (Level 2 - do not approach the crater)
    No-entry zone 1 km from crater. Closure of road and hiking trails.
  • Shinmoedake (Kirishima) (Level 1 - potential for increased activity)
    Closure of hiking trails.
  • Kusatsu-Shirane (Level 1 - potential for increased activity)
    Closure of hiking trails.