Temporarily closed due to nationwide coronavirus measures.
Last updated: June 3rd, 2020
Follow our latest updates on the coronavirus (Covid-19 disease) situation in Japan:
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While every effort has been made to keep the info listed here complete and accurate, we advise to always check the official website for any place to get the most up-to-date info
Drinking and dining establishments are back open and ready for business, operating in the 'new normal' era of additional safeguards for keeping customers safe. Read More
The displays, at secret locations across Japan, were designed to lift spirits amid the pandemic and help mark the warmer weather arriving across Japan. Read More
Lifting is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday 25th May, following a continuous fall in infection rates. Such a move would apply to Tokyo and it surrounding prefectures (Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa) as well as Hokkaido. Read More
The state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus is lifted in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. Now 42 out of 47 prefectures have seen their emergency measures ended. Read More
The state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus is lifted in 39 out of 47 prefectures, after a sharp fall in new infections. Read More
In consultation with a panel of experts, the government considers partially lifting restrictions in 34 prefectures. Read More
Abe makes announcement to extend nationwide State of Emergency to help reduce rate of new coronavirus infections. Read More
Smartphone app planned for early May will help warn users if they have been in contact with a diagnosed Covid-19 patient. Read More
Abe expands state of emergency to cover entire nation on Thursday to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Read More
Government poised to declare state of emergency from Tuesday, covering Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka, Chiba, Saitama, Hyogo and Fukuoka. Read More
Government announces plan to expand list of countries affected as coronavirus pandemic expands. Read More
To counter an increase in confirmed infections, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government asks residents to work from home and refrain from going out in evenings and weekends. Read More
IOC announces decision to postpone the Olympic Games to no later than the summer of 2021, to safeguard the health of athletes, those involved in delivering the Games and the international community. Read More
Effective 21st March, 00:00 JST: Holders of a passport issued by affected countries (see MOFA site), intending to enter Japan without obtaining a visa, will not be permitted to land. Read More
Effective 21st March, 00:00 JST: Government plans to impose new restrictions on visitors from about 30 European countries, including Britain, France and Germany. Entry bans extend to cover Iceland and parts of Spain, Italy and Switzerland. Read More
Government sources suggest a plan to impose new restrictions on visitors from parts of northern Italy in response to the coronavirus situation there. Read More
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces new safeguard to quarantine all visitors for 2 weeks from coronavirus-hit China and South Korea, as well as parts of Iran. Read More
Two of Japan's major airlines, JAL and ANA, are offering free refunds for all tickets through March 19th that have been canceled as a result of fears about the coronavirus. Read More
Visitors with a travel history to Korea's Daegu City or Cheongdo County within 14 days are being restricted access to Japan (Effective Feb 27th 2020). Read More
Visitors from Wuhan (Hubei)and Zhejiang Provinces are being restricted access to Japan and may not be allowed to land in Japan (Effective Feb 13th 2020). Read More
Temporarily closed due to nationwide coronavirus measures.
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo City View and Mori Arts Center Gallery are provisionally closed until further notice due to the coronavirus situation.
Yoshida Trail and mountain huts along the Fujinomiya Trail are closed this summer due to coronavirus — other trails are expected to announce similar..
The chair lift is closed provisionally until further notice due to coronavirus measures. As of May 7th, the cable car is still running.
Closed temporarily to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19 disease).
The exhibition room is closed temporarily until June 5th as part of nationwide anti-coronavirus measures. Performances remain canceled.
Tours of this attraction is closed until June 17th, as part of a nationwide drive to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19 disease)...
Closed until June 30th (including garden and Nezu Cafe).
Closed temporarily until early June as a preventative measure to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19 disease).
Temporarily closed until June 2nd as part of nationwide anti-coronavirus measures.
Numerous events in Japan throughout March, April and June 2020 have been cancelled, postponed, or scaled back. This follows a formal government request in February to event organizers to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
You can view our full list of event cancellations in Japan for those we have published on our site. Cancellations hit May's sumo tournament in Osaka (held behind closed doors), the baseball pre-season and J-League football calendar — which is expected to restart July 4th. The highly anticipated Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is also postponed to 2021 (confirmed by the IOC on March 24th). The event will keep the name 'Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020'.
Summary: The April 2020 State of Emergency in Japan was lifted nationwide on May 25th.
The World Health Organization's advice is as follows:
There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding the use of masks, ranging from their effectiveness, differing attitudes in the West and the stigma of wearing them, and even instances of panic buying and price gouging.
If you are travelling in Japan and can find them, we recommend wearing a face mask as a general precaution. Whilst the common surgical mask is not thought to be effective against blocking microscopic coronavirus particles (aerosols), they can help with both respiratory hygiene (protecting others) and keeping you from needlessly touching your face (protecting yourself until you can wash your hands).
Whether you are already in Japan, preparing for a trip, or are planning ahead, we recommend taking out comprehensive travel insurance. This is both to insure against the prospect of unforeseen medical expenses if the need arise, but also against changing travel plans as the situation develops.
Note that it is essential to check your home country travel advice if you plan to travel to Japan. This is to ensure there is no impact on your insurance coverage.
Contact JNTO's Visitor Hotline. Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) operate a 24/7 visitor hotline service, available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can be called for assistance in case of accidents or emergencies relating to the coronavirus:
Japan's official guidance has been to encourage people to self-isolate if they suspect they have related symptoms:
Japan is expanding its daily testing capabilities to help make it easier to access relevant medical treatment where needed.
This step-by-step consultation flow released by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is an easy-to-follow guide on what to do if you think you may be affected by coronavirus-related symptoms. You can also consult:
You can also consult these multilingual hotlines around Japan's prefectures:
Includes evacuees from the Chinese province of Hubei.
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As of early June, 114 countries are subject to an entry ban for visitors who have passed through them within the last 14 days. Please see JNTO's official site for the full list.
Those who are permitted entry to Japan will be subject to undergo PCR tests and to quarantine for 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief for the time being (as of June 3rd). Public transportation should not be used during this time.
Please consult these official advisories from countries overseas to gauge the current advice on travelling overseas at this time.
|Country||Status ( Global advisory )|
|USA||Do not travel|
|UK||Avoid all but essential travel|
|Singapore||Defer all travel abroad|
|Canada||Avoid non-essential travel|
|Australia||Do not travel overseas at this time|
|NZ||Do not travel overseas at this time|
Note: as the coronavirus has spread across the world, many countries are launching their own containment measures (including temporarily closing borders in some cases), thus advising their citizens to defer their immediate travel plans. Please always check your local authority's latest guidance before planning or attempting to travel.
WHO (World Health Organization)
JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization)
Tokyo Metropolitan Govt
MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)