Travel Alerts and Disaster Updates

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, and the country's borders remain closed to international tourists.

Current state of tourism: borders closed

International Travel Restrictions

Due to the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, Japan closed its borders to all new foreign arrivals again from November 30, 2021 until at least the end of February 2022. It is undecided when regular tourists will again be able to enter the country.

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 in some parts of the country, was lifted at the end of September 2021. Afterwards, infection numbers remained extremely low until the onset of the omicron wave around the change of the year. Since then, infection numbers have been increasing rapidly.

Japan's vaccination efforts started on a small scale in mid February 2021 and considerably picked up speed from the second half of May. Over 78% of the total population are now fully vaccinated, and the administration of booster shots started in December 2021. Vaccination certificates are currently not being used widely, but the government is considering their use in the future.

Read more on coronavirus manners in Japan.

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, almost all of them are now open again. Due to the renewed increase of infection numbers, a small number of spots are now closing again. Some events and festivals 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 Tower (reopened)

Tokyo Government Building observation decks (closed indefinitely)

Kyu Shiba Rikyu (closed indefinitely)

Tokyo Disneyland (reopened)

Tokyo DisneySea (reopened)

Guided tours of the Imperial Palace (reopened)

Imperial East Gardens (reopened)

Hama Rikyu (closed indefinitely)

Rikugien (closed indefinitely)

Edo Open Air Museum (closed indefinitely)

Shinjuku Gyoen (reopened)

Koishikawa Korakuen (closed indefinitely)

Kiyosumi Garden (closed indefinitely)

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)


Ramen Museum (reopened)

Sankeien Garden (reopened)

Zoorasia (reopened)

Kirin Beer Factory (closed indefinitely)

Cupnoodles Museum (reopened)

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise (reopened)


Great Buddha (reopened)

Hasedera Temple (reopened)

Engakuji Temple (reopened)

Kenchoji Temple (reopened)


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)


Toshogu Shrine (reopened)

Taiyuin (reopened)

Rinnoji Temple (reopened)

Tamozawa Villa (reopened)


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 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)


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 Castle (reopened)

Kokoen Garden (reopened)

Shoshazan Ropeway (reopened)


Sapporo Beer Museum (reopened)

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 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)


Kenrokuen (reopened)

Seisonkaku Villa (reopened)

Buildings at Kanazawa Castle (reopened)

Ninjadera (reopened)

Most of the 21st Century Museum (reopened)

D.T. Suzuki Museum (reopened)


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)


Peace Memorial Museum (closed until Jan 31)

Hiroshima Castle (closed until Jan 31)


Canal City (reopened)

Uminonakamichi Park (reopened)

Kyushu National Museum (reopened)


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 (closed indefinitely)

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.