Major Renovations around Japan

Japan's beauty and heritage is in no small part due to its dedication to preserving and maintaining traditional culture, including arts and historical structures. Be it the impact from earthquakes and typhoons or merely the natural passage of time, Japan goes to great lengths to protect its heritage and cultural assets.

For foreign tourists, this inevitably means some destinations in Japan will be undergoing restorative or renovation works at any given time. We do our best to maintain a list of the main restoration/renovation programs below that we feel may impact the visitor's experience to some degree — if you feel something is missing, feel free to let us know.

While every effort has been made to keep the information listed here complete and accurate, we advise to always check the official website for any place or event you intend to visit to get the most up-to-date-information

List of Places Undergoing Renovation Works in Japan

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Dazaifu Tenmangu

The shrine's honden (main hall) will undergo major renovation from May 2023 to 2026. During this period, the shrine will set up a unique temporary..

Fukuoka
Dogo Onsen Honkan

Dogo Onsen Honkan

4 (2Reviews)

Renovation works are being carried out until July 11, 2024. During the first phase, two baths on the first floor remain open to the public while the floors..

Ehime
Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum

5 (2Reviews)

From April 2022 until 2025 (estimated), the Edo-Tokyo Museum will be closed for major renovations. Read more

Tokyo ¥600
Enryaku-ji Temple

Enryaku-ji Temple

The main hall at Enryakuji is undergoing a ten-year program of renovations that began in 2016. The main hall itself can still be entered, though it is..

Shiga
Ginza Sony Park

Ginza Sony Park

The park is under reconstruction and aiming for completion in 2024. Read more

Tokyo
Kobe Port Tower

Kobe Port Tower

Closed for renovation work, and scheduled to reopen on April 26, 2024. The renewal will feature an open-air 360-degree observation deck on the rooftop, a..

Hyogo
Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle

5 (3Reviews)

Kumamoto Castle sustained heavy damage during the 2016 earthquake. During the summer of 2021, the inner keep reopened after a 5-year reconstruction period...

Kumamoto
Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle

4 (3Reviews)

The wooden restoration of Nagoya Castle’s main tower keep is expected to be completed by 2032 at the earliest. Visitors cannot enter the structure anymore..

Aichi
Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

5 (1Review)

Structural reinforcement and restoration will be carried out on all historic structures within Nijo-jo Castle. The various renovations are planned as..

Kyoto
Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

4.7 (7Reviews)

Toshogu Shrine has been undergoing a wide-ranging renovation program since 2007 and is expected to last until March 31, 2024. Works are gradual and isolated..

Tochigi ¥1,300
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