Updated: 2020-07-07 02:00

Japan entered the third stage of reopening back in June; however COVID-19 cases are starting to tick upwards—more than 100 cases for five days in a row. Governor Yuriko Koike has asked Tokyo residents to avoid non-essential travel to other prefectures for the time being.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is kept accurate to the best of our ability, but please note all information is subject to change and may have changed since our last update.

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Updated: What’s open

Updated: 2020-06-10 06:20
Here’s a chart of the proposed various stages of lockdown (source in Japanese):

Step 0

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Schools & museums


Public schools closed

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Shops selling “non-essential” goods, theatres, gyms





Amusement facilities: karaoke, manga cafes





Restaurants and cafes

Open 5 am–8 pm

Open 5 am–10 pm

Open 5 am–midnight

Open 5 am–midnight

Clubs & live venues







< 50 people

< 100 people

< 1000 people

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Recently announced reopening dates

The following attractions were temporarily closed and are now open:

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.

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.

If you are looking for a museum, though, the Sumida Hokusai Museum is oepn again.

Temporary closures

Updated: 2020-05-26 23:15
Most public entertainment venues are still closed. Museums are due to be opening up again soon, as well as Tokyo Tower from Thursday the 28th of May (but only the stairs, so be prepared for a post-lockdown workout).

Canceled and postponed events

Updated: 2020-07-07 02:05

Check out our events section for the latest information we have on any events in tokyo. Most events are still cancelled or postponed, but we anticipate smaller events may resume soon.

Domestic travel restrictions

The current government advisories on domestic travel:

From July 6th:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel outside of Tokyo.
  • Inter-prefectural travel in the rest of the country is permitted.

From August 1st: Further lifting of restrictions, including international travel to be considered.

Travel alerts for Japan

Updated: 2020-06-29 23:15

Japan’s borders are currently still closed to people traveling from almost all countries. There’s indications that the government intends to relax restriction on certain countries in Asia starting with Thailand and Vietnam, then Australia and New Zealand. Further announcements are expected in July.

And if you happen to be in Shenzen, China, one of our friends Now Shenzen has a very useful live blog on the situation there.

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