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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, the rise of infections and resulting impact on the healthcare system have led to the declaration of several states of emergency since spring 2020. The most recent state of emergency, during which drinking establishments were requested to remain closed, was lifted at the end of September 2021, but some restrictions on the sale of alcoholic drinks have remained in place at dining and drinking establishments in some parts of the country even after the lifting of the state of emergency.

Japan's vaccination efforts started on a small scale in mid February 2021 and considerably picked up speed from the second half of May. The government is aiming to provide all residents aged 12 and above with two doses of vaccine by around November and to start booster shots from around the end of the year. The use of vaccination certificates for activities inside the country is currently being discussed.

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 2022.

Closures and cancellations

Most tourist attractions in Japan were closed during the first state of emergency in spring 2020, and some closed again during subsequent states of emergency; however, the vast majority of attractions are now open again. Many events and festivals, on the other hand, continue to be cancelled. 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

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 (reopened)

Kyoto National Museum (reopened)

Sagano Railway (reopened)

Kyoto Aquarium (reopened)

Kyoto Railway Museum (reopened)

Yamazaki Whisky Distillery (closed indefinitely)

Osaka

Osaka Castle (reopened)

Umeda Sky Building (reopened)

Osaka Aquarium (reopened)

Shitennoji Temple (reopened)

Osaka Museum of History (reopened)

Universal Studios Japan (reopened)

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 (reopened)

Isuien Garden (reopened)

Himeji

Himeji Castle (reopened)

Kokoen Garden (reopened)

Shoshazan Ropeway (reopened)

Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Museum (closed indefinitely)

Clock Tower (reopened)

Historic Village of Hokkaido (reopened)

Shiroi Koibito Park (reopened)

Okurayama Ski Jump and the Sapporo Olympic Museum (reopened)

Mount Moiwa (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)

Buildings at Kanazawa Castle (reopened)

Ninjadera (reopened)

Most of the 21st Century Museum (reopened)

D.T. Suzuki Museum (reopened)

Takayama

Hida Folk Village (reopened)

Takayama Jinya (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 (reopened)

Hiroshima Castle (reopened)

Fukuoka

Canal City (reopened)

Uminonakamichi Park (reopened)

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 (reopened)

Peace Memorial Museum (reopened)

Okinawa World (reopened)

Nakagusuku Castle (reopened)

Churaumi Aquarium (reopened)

Nakijin Castle (reopened)

Many attractions at the Ocean Expo Park (reopened)

Nago Pineapple Park (reopened)

Ryukyu Mura (reopened)

Sefa Utaki (reopened)

Okinawa Prefectural Museum (reopened)

Tamaudun (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.