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A Comprehensive List of Closed Tourist Attractions in Japan Due to the Coronavirus

Teamlab Borderless and Universal Studios Japan among attractions closed until early-April.

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Last updated: Thurs, March 26, 2020. Some attractions have extended the closing period until April and beyond.

Since the coronavirus broke out in Japan masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper have been sold out almost everywhere. On top of that, many tourist attractions are temporarily closed with some big events like the Meguro Cherry Blossom Festival being canceled altogether. This can be quite heartbreaking for travelers who may have planned their trip around Japan’s upcoming cherry blossom season.

Though the actual infection and death rate due to the coronavirus is relatively low in Japan, local governments are doing their best to prevent further spread of the virus. Though really, if you just wash your hands with soap and water (which you should be doing anyway) you’ll be fine.

Here’s a list of major attractions that will be closed until mid-March to early April.

Around Tokyo

It’s unknown when the popular teamLab projection mapping exhibitions in Tokyo will re-open.

Meguro River Cherry Blossom Festival

Cancelation period: Fri, March 20 to Fri, April 10
While the virus itself cannot stop the actual blooming of the cherry blossoms, there won’t be any sakura-flavored champagne or nighttime light up this year. You’re still free to walk along the river, however.

Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival

Cancelation period: Fri, March 20 to Fri, April 12
You’re still free to walk around the park, however.

TeamLab Borderless and Planets

Closing period: Fri, Feb. 29 to undetermined date
The re-opening dates for both teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets have not yet been announced. Check their official website for updates. Those who purchased advance tickets from the official website will receive an automatic refund. Those who purchased elsewhere should contact the ticket seller directly for a refund.

Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland has reopened.
Fuji-Q has reopened their park, however, when you enter the park, all customers are required to get their temperature measured and hands disinfected. Customers with a body temperature above 37.5 degrees celsius will be denied admission. Check their official website for more information regarding the entry guidelines.

Tokyo Skytree

Closing period: Sun, March 1 to undetermined date

Ghibli Museum

Closing period: until Tue, April 28
The website says ticketholders will be issued a refund, but refund procedures have yet to be disclosed. Check their official website for updates.

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to early April or beyond

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Closing period: Thurs, Feb. 27 to Sun, April 12

Ueno Zoo

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to Tue, April 14

Sanrio Puroland

Closing period: Sat, Feb 22 to early April or beyond
Ticketholders may be able to extend their ticket until Sept. 30 Check their official website for full details.

Yokohama Cosmo World

Closing period: until Tue, March 31 or beyond

Edo Tokyo Museum

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to Tue, March 31

Mori Art Museum

Closing period: until undetermined date

Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe

Osaka Castle will be closed until March 15.

Universal Studios Japan

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to Sun, April 12 or beyond
Ticketholders can get a refund through their travel agency or the website where they purchased the tickets. No refunds will be given at the park ticket office itself.

Cup Noodle Museum (Osaka and Yokohama)

Closing period: until Tue, April 7 or beyond

Osaka Castle

Closing period: until undetermined date
The castle itself will be closed but you are still free to walk around the castle grounds.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Closing period: until undetermined date

Osaka National Bunraku Theatre

Closing period: until Sun, April 12 or beyond

The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to undetermined date

Kyoto Aquarium

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to early April or beyond

Kyoto International Manga Museum

The Kyoto International Manga Museum has reopened from March 23
The Kyoto International Manga Museum has reopened, however, most events will be canceled until March 31. Visitors feeling under the weather will be denied access. Check their official website for full details.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to undetermined date

Kyoto National Museum

Kyoto National Museum has reopened from March 24
From March 24 to April 9, the Kyoto National Museum indoor galleries will remain closed for re-installation, as previously scheduled. However, museum gardens and outdoor exhibits will open during this period.

Kobe Port Tower

Closing period: Tues, March 3 to Tue, March 31 or beyond

Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Closing period: Mon, March 2 to undetermined date

Nagoya

Legoland will be closed until March 15.

Nagoya Castle

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to Sun, April 12 or beyond
The castle itself will be closed but you are still free to walk around the castle grounds.

Legoland Japan Resort

Legoland Japan Resort has reopened
Legoland Japan Resort has reopened their park, however, when you enter the park, all customers are required to get their temperature measured. Customers with a body temperature above 37.5 degrees celsius will be denied admission. Check their official website for more information regarding the entry guidelines.

Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to Sun, March 29 or beyond

Fukuoka and Kyushu region

Add Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki to the list of closings.

Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch outdoor areas have reopened
From March 23 to March 29, the Huis Ten Bosch indoor areas will remain closed. However, outdoor areas have now reopened.

Kyushu National Museum

Closing period: until undetermined date

Sapporo

The Sapporo Clock Tower is closed until March 19.

Shiroi Koibito Park

Closing period: Sat, Feb. 29 to Tue, March 31 or beyond

Sapporo Clock Tower

Closing period: Sun, March 1 to Tue, March 31

Sapporo TV Tower

Closing period: Mon March, 2 to Tue March, 31

 

While the above may be closed, many popular shrines and temples around Japan remain open. Keep in mind, some locations may extend the closing period depending on how the coronavirus situation in Japan progresses. We will update this list if other closings or cancellations are announced.

Depending on how you look at it, it’s actually a great time to live in Tokyo or Kyoto. Enjoying the quiet streets of your neighborhood with fewer crowds is pretty cool. Not being able to find any toilet paper after your last roll is finished, not so much.

Are there any other major attractions in Japan you’ve heard are closed that we didn’t list? Let us know in the comments!

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