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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 pandemic's impact on the healthcare system has forced Japan to declare a state of emergency in spring 2020 nationwide and in early 2021 in parts of the country. On March 21, 2021, the latest state of emergency was lifted, but early closures of dining and drinking establishments in the evenings continue being requested in many parts of the country.

Japan's vaccination efforts started on a small scale in mid February, with health care workers receiving their first shots. Seniors are scheduled to follow from mid April under a plan to vaccinate all 36 million of them within three months. The general population is scheduled to follow afterwards.

Inside the cities, public transportation has never been greatly affected; however, airlines continue to suspend a considerable amount of their domestic flights, while some long-distance railway services are being scaled back slightly.

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 nationwide continue to be cancelled or postponed. Most tourist attractions have reopened in the meantime, and only a few remain closed, especially in the greater Tokyo area which has been seeing the highest infection rates. 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 (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 Apr 21)

Shinjuku Gyoen (reopened)

Koishikawa Korakuen (closed indefinitely)

Kiyosumi Garden (closed indefinitely)

Showa Memorial Park (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 (closed indefinitely)

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)

Nanzenji Temple (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)

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 (reopened)

Umeda Sky Building (reopened)

Osaka Aquarium (reopened)

Shitennoji Temple (reopened)

Osaka Museum of History (reopened)

Osaka Science Museum (reopened)

National Museum of Art (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)

Heijo Palace (reopened)

Isuien Garden (reopened)

Himeji

Himeji Castle (reopened)

Kokoen Garden (reopened)

Shoshazan Ropeway (reopened)

Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Museum (reopened)

Clock Tower (reopened)

Historic Village of Hokkaido (reopened)

Shiroi Koibito Park (reopened)

Okurayama Ski Jump and the Winter Sports Museum (reopened)

Mount Moiwa (reopened)

Several 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 (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)

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