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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 and the resulting impact on the healthcare system have led to the declaration of a third state of emergency in April. The state of emergency currently applies to 10 of 47 prefectures, including Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto (see map below) and is set to last until June 20, 2021.

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 by the end of July. Inoculation of the rest of the population is also gradually being started, and the country is expected to be able to vaccinate the entire population by October or November.

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 before autumn 2021.

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 some regions of the country. 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 (reopened)

Tokyo Government Building observation decks (closed indefinitely)

Kyu Shiba Rikyu (reopened)

Tokyo Disneyland (reopened)

Tokyo DisneySea (reopened)

Guided tours of the Imperial Palace (reopened)

Imperial East Gardens (reopened)

Hama Rikyu (reopened)

Rikugien (reopened)

Edo Open Air Museum (reopened)

Shinjuku Gyoen (reopened)

Koishikawa Korakuen (reopened)

Kiyosumi Garden (reopened)

Showa Memorial Park (reopened)

Ghibli Museum (reopened)

Institute for Nature Study (reopened)

Sumida Hokusai Museum (reopened)

Tokyo National Museum (reopened)

Tokyo Skytree (reopened)

Sumida Aquarium (reopened)

Edo-Tokyo Museum (reopened)

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 (reopened)

Kyoto Imperial Palace (reopened)

Nijo Castle (reopened)

Toji Temple (reopened)

Ninnaji Temple (reopened)

Tofukuji Temple (reopened)

Toei Eigamura (reopened)

Sento Palace (reopened)

Shugakuin Villa (reopened)

Kyoto Tower (closed indefinitely)

2021 Aoi Matsuri (cancelled)

Kyoto National Museum (reopened)

Sagano Railway (reopened)

Kyoto Aquarium (reopened)

Kyoto Railway Museum (reopened)

Yamazaki Whisky Distillery (closed indefinitely)

Osaka

Osaka Castle (closed indefinitely)

Umeda Sky Building (reopened)

Osaka Aquarium (reopened)

Shitennoji Temple (reopened)

Osaka Museum of History (closed until Jun 20)

Osaka Science Museum (closed until Jun 21)

National Museum of Art (closed indefinitely)

Universal Studios Japan (reopened)

All the major events of the 2021 Tenjin Matsuri, including the fireworks and boat procession (cancelled)

Abeno Harukas (reopened)

Grand Front Osaka (reopened)

Asahi Beer Suita Brewery (closed indefinitely)

Nara

Todaiji Temple (reopened)

Kofukuji Temple (reopened)

Horyuji Temple (reopened)

Toshodaiji Temple (reopened)

Nara National Museum (reopened)

Buildings at Heijo Palace (closed until Jun 20)

Isuien Garden (reopened)

Himeji

Himeji Castle (reopened)

Kokoen Garden (reopened)

Shoshazan Ropeway (reopened)

Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Museum (closed indefinitely)

Clock Tower (closed indefinitely)

Historic Village of Hokkaido (closed until Jun 20)

Shiroi Koibito Park (closed until Jun 20)

Okurayama Ski Jump and the Winter Sports Museum (closed until Jun 20)

Mount Moiwa (closed until Jun 20)

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)

Buildings at Kanazawa Castle (reopened)

Ninjadera (closed until Jun 20)

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 (closed until Jun 20)

Benesse House Museum (closed until Jun 20)

Art House Project (closed until Jun 20)

I Love Yu (closed until Jun 20)

Lee Ufan Museum (closed until Jun 20)

Ando Museum (closed until Jun 20)

Art installations on Teshima Island (closed until Jun 20)

Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Museum (closed until Jun 20)

Hiroshima Castle (closed until Jun 20)

Fukuoka

Canal City (reopened)

Uminonakamichi Park (closed until Jun 20)

Kyushu National Museum (reopened)

Nagasaki

Atomic Bomb Museum (reopened)

Glover Garden (reopened)

Oura Church (reopened)

Dejima (reopened)

Mount Inasa (reopened)

Cruises to Gunkanjima (reopened)

Nagasaki Museum of History (reopened)

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum (reopened)

Okinawa Island

Shikinaen Garden (closed indefinitely)

Peace Memorial Museum (closed until Jun 20)

Okinawa World (closed indefinitely)

Nakagusuku Castle (closed indefinitely)

Churaumi Aquarium (closed until Jun 20)

Nakijin Castle (closed until Jun 20)

Many attractions at the Ocean Expo Park (closed until Jun 20)

Nago Pineapple Park (reopened)

Ryukyu Mura (reopened)

Sefa Utaki (closed indefinitely)

Okinawa Prefectural Museum (closed until Jun 20)

Tamaudun (closed indefinitely)

Karate Kaikan (closed indefinitely)

Orion Happy Park (closed indefinitely)

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.
  • Shinmoedake (Kirishima) (Level 1 - potential for increased activity)
    Closure of hiking trails.
  • Kusatsu-Shirane (Level 1 - potential for increased activity)
    Closure of hiking trails.