We’re keeping track of what’s been closed or canceled in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Japan. This is an evolving situation, so check back often to see what closures may affect you.
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Travel alerts for Japan
Updated: 2020-03-31 23:15
The Tokyo Metropolitan area is now advising for all residents to avoid non-essential outings on weekends and for larger events to be canceled until April 12th.
Most governments are now advising against all but essential international travel. Japan has imposed bans on visitors traveling from 73 countries, including the US, China, South Korea, Canada, the UK and most of Europe, among others.
Foreign nationals who live in Japan and are currently outside of Japan will be able to return, unless they have traveled to any of the countries or regions to which an entry ban currently applies within 14 days prior to their return.
In all cases, if you have travel booked to Japan, check with your government’s offical travel advice and your airline well in advance of departure. Read more about your rights and options if your flight to Japan in canceled.
Updated: What’s open
Last updated: 2020-03-24 05:11 (GMT+9)
Please note that attractions/activities may be closed or suspended at any time. Check official sites before visiting.
Where to go for some fun
Despite Disney closing, there are still plenty of top attractions to visit and things to do in Tokyo.
Stunning free views of the city
Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building are closed, but they’re not the only places to get a bird’s eye view.
- Bunkyo Civic Center Observatory Lounge
- Caretta Shiodome Sky View
- Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
Fresh air and nature
Want to go out but also avoid crowds of people? There are several hiking trails close to Tokyo, or you can stroll through one of the city’s urban oases.
- Tokyo Hiking Trails
- Shinjuku Gyoen
- Jindai Botanical Gardens
- Koishikawa Botanical Gardens
- Hamarikyu Gardens
History and culture
You don’t need a museum when you can see history in real life – Tokyo’s temples and shrines are open to visitors and most are free to enter.
Cool neighborhoods and markets
From traditional confectionery and fresh sushi to anime goods and retro knick-knacks, you can spend hours browsing these markets and shopping streets.
Last updated: 2020-04-01 00:51 (GMT+9)
Note: Many attractions, major venues, museums, public spaces (like the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library) will be closed for the next two weeks. However, reopening dates may be pushed back further depending on advice from Japan’s national health authorities.
Tokyo Skytree – Closed until further notice
The Tokyo Skytree has extended their closure period, but did not specify an reopen date.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – Closed until further notice
The free observation decks at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is temporarily closed. Check our What’s open section for alternative free views of the city.
Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea – Closed until late April
The operator for Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea has extended the temporary park closure until April 19, and plans to reopen on the 20th.
Universal Studios Japan – Closed until mid-April
USJ will be closed until April 12, 2020, but the reopening date may be extended depending on the situation. Ticket refunds can be done only through your travel/ticket agent and not at the park.
Toyosu Fish Market Tours – No visitor access until April 12
General visits or tours of Toyosu Fish Market have been suspended until April 12, 2020.
Ghibli Museum – Closed until late April
Ghibli will be closed until April 28, 2019—reopening on the 29th. Those with prebooked tickets will be issued a refund. As an alternative activity, check out this article on Tokyo for Ghibli lovers.
teamLAB Borderless (Mori Building Digital Art Museum) – Reopening date TBA
This popular art museum will be closed from February 29, 2020. They have not released a reopen date as of yet. If you’ve purchased a ticket directly from the teamLab website, a refund will automatically be issued—otherwise please contact the service or ticketseller you used to make the purchase for refund details.
Snoopy Museum – Closed until mid-April
The recently opened Snoopy Museum is also closing its doors temporarily until April 12, 2020.
For those who purchased advanced tickets, they are still valid until December 31st, 2020. If you are unable to visit in 2020, the museum advises to get in touch with the e-plus team through the inquiry form.
Sanrio Puroland – Closed until early April
Sanrio Puroland—home to Hello Kitty and co.—will also be closed until early April. Tickets for the closure period will be refunded, and some tickets have the option of being extended until September 30, 2020. Check the official site for full details.
Other closures include
- Samurai Museum – Closed until April 12, 2020
- 21_21 Design Sight – Closed until April 12, 2020
- Edo Tokyo Museum – Closed until April 13, 2020
- Fujifilm Square – Closed until further notice
- Hanayashiki Amusement Park – Closed until further notice
- Mori Art Museum – Closed until further notice
- Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo – Closed until further notice
- The National Art Center Tokyo – Closed until further notice
- National Museum of Western Art – Closed until further notice
- Sumida Aquarium – Closed until end of May
- Sumo Museum – Closed until further notice
- Tokyo Sea Life Park – Closed until April 12, 2020
- Ueno Zoo – Closed until further notice
Canceled and postponed events
For information on hanami and cherry blossom events, check our article on cherry blossom festival cancellations. And for some local events that are still on, check this things to do during COVID-19 cancellations article.
- Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade – canceled
- Tokaigi Game Party – canceled
- Midtown Blossoms 2020 – canceled
- National Museum of Western Art Free Day – canceled
- Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market – Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29 – canceled
- Mottainai Flea Market – canceled
- Ajinomoto Stadium Big Flea Market – canceled
- African Festival Yokohama – canceled
- Kamakura Matsuri – canceled
- Asakusa Yabusame – ticket sales postponed
- Shichuan Festa – postponed
- Haisai Festa – postponed
- Download 2020 – Postponed
Check out our events section—some smaller, local events and outdoor events are still taking place.