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

Many attractions have re-opened, while it's still undetermined when the Studio Ghibli Museum will reopen.

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Last updated: Mon, June 29, 2020. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lifted the state of emergency nationwide.

Since the coronavirus broke out in Japan masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper have been sold out almost everywhere.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has now lifted the state of emergency nationwide, however, the battle against COVID-19 is far from over. Many officials will continue to put some restrictions on the public concerning “non-essential” activities, and may continue to keep some tourist attractions temporarily closed and big events canceled for the time being. In saying that, many attractions have now reopened starting June 1st including the Tokyo Skytree, Fuji-Q Highland, and the Legoland Japan Resort in Nagoya.

In order for these attractions to remain open, now is the most crucial time to take care of your health and protect others. Do this by washing your hands with soap and water (which you should be doing anyway), wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Here’s a list of major attractions that will be closed until further notice and those that have reopened:

Around Tokyo

The popular teamLab projection mapping exhibitions in Tokyo have finally re-opened from June 8th.

TeamLab Borderless and Planets

TeamLab Borderless and Planets has reopened from Mon, June 8
Both teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets have reopened with strict precautions for entry. Check their official website for updates.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree has reopened from Mon, June 1
The Tokyo Skytree has reopened, however will operate with shortened operating hours. As a rule, all customers are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. See their website for further details.

Ghibli Museum

The Ghibli Museum has reopened from early September
The website says ticket holders will be issued a refund. Museum reopening and ticket sales will be announced on the museum’s official website.

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea will reopen from Wed, July 1 for fixed-date ticket only
Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will reopen on July 1, however only those with pre-purchased fixed date tickets will be allowed entry until further notice. Fixed date tickets can be purchased on the Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservations & Tickets website. All guests will be temperature screened on entry and only allowed into the park if wearing a mask and in good health.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building has reopened from Wed, July 1

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo has reopened from Tue, June 23
Tickets for Ueno Zoo must be booked in advance, the zoo will only take 4,000 visitors per day. See offical website for more details.

Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland has reopened from Mon, July 13
Sanrio Puroland plans to re-open for limited guests, specifically those with annual pass holders, from July 13. A full reopening of the theme park will be communicated at a later stage. In the meanwhile, Harmonyland in Kyushu reopened for visitors on June 8th, with social distancing measures put in place. Some attractions may remained closed. Check their official website for full details.

Yokohama Cosmo World

Yokohama Cosmo World has reopened from Thu, June 11
Yokohama Cosmo World reopened for visitors on June 11th, with social distancing measures put in place, however some attractions remain closed. Check their official website for full details.

Edo Tokyo Museum

Edo Tokyo Museum has reopened from Tue, June 2
The Edo Tokyo Museum will reopen starting Tue, June 2nd. The museum will adhere to relevant guidelines and take necessary measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. See their website for further details.

Mori Art Museum

The Mori Art Museum has reopened from Mon, August 31

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is going to stay closed through the whole 2020 climbing season.

Mount Fuji 2020 Climbing Season

Closing period: all of 2020
All four mountain trails that lead up to the peak of Mount Fuji are going to stay closed through the whole 2020 climbing season. The trails should be up and running again next year in 2021 as something to look forward to. See this article for further details.

Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland has reopened from Mon, June 1
Fuji-Q Highland has reopened, however guests from specific warning prefectures when the emergency declaration was released on May 25 (Hokkaido, Saitama prefecture, Chiba prefecture, Tokyo metropolitan area, and Kanagawa prefecture), are not allowed to enter the park until further notice. As a rule, all customers are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection and will be required to present an identification card. See their website for further details.

Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe

Osaka Castle reopened on Wed, May 20th, 2020

Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan has reopened from Fri, June 19
Universal Studios Japan will begin general operations on Fri, June 19th, however, admission will be limited to guests with an annual pass or other studio pass who live in one of the 6 prefectures in the Kansai area. Annual passholders who reside in Osaka Prefecture are invited to attend the park’s “Soft Opening” from Mon, June 8th until Thu, June 18th. All guests must register their email address in the OSAKA COVID-19 Tracing System before entering the park. See their website for further details.

Cup Noodle Museum (Osaka and Yokohama)

Cup Noodle Museum has reopened from Wed, July 1
The Cup Noodle Museums in both Yokohama and Osaka will reopen from July 1, 2020 with changes in its operation system such as limiting the number of entries and temporarily suspending some facilities. Please note that you need to purchase admission tickets at a LAWSON convenience store in advance. See their website for further details.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle has reopened from Wed, May 20
Although the Osaka Castle has reopened, some events and sections have been cancelled and postponed to prevent the spread of infection. See their website for further details.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan has reopened from Mon, June 1
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan has reopened, however with limits to the number of visitors allowed entry per hour. Online pre-booking is required for web-only tickets to maintain appropriate distance in the aquarium and waiting lines for tickets. See their website for further details.

Osaka National Bunraku Theatre

Osaka National Bunraku Theatre has reopened from Fri, June 5
 The Osaka National Bunraku Theatre will reopen their exhibition room from Fri, June 5, 2020 however, a number of performances have been canceled due to lack of preparation for the production of those performances. See their website for further details.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka

The Osaka National Museum of Modern Art has reopened from Tue, June 2
The Osaka National Museum of Modern Art will reopen from Tue, June 2. All visitors are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. A variety of date changes have been made to the exhibition schedules. See their website for further details.

Kyoto Aquarium

Kyoto Aquarium has reopened from Mon, June 15
Kyoto Aquarium reopened on June 15th, however, a number of performances and programs have been canceled. See their website for further details.

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum has reopened from Mon, June 1
Kyoto International Manga Museum has reopened, however, admission will be limited to residents of Kyoto. The museum will re-open to non-residents from Fri, June 19. Some services and performances will temporarily be subject to closure. See their website for further details.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

The Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art has reopened from Tue, May 26
The Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art has reopened. All visitors are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. A variety of date changes have been made to the exhibition schedules. See their website for further details.

Kyoto National Museum

The Kyoto National Museum has reopened from Tue, June 2
The Kyoto National Museum has announced a partial opening period from Tue, June 2 to Tue, July 21, 2020 where the museum gardens and some of the first floor galleries (1F-5, 1F-6) will open to visitors some days of the week. The offical opening will be announced at a later date. See their website for further details.

Kobe Port Tower

Kobe Port Tower has reopened from Mon, June 1
The Kobe Port Tower has reopened. All visitors are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. See their website for further details.

Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Toei Kyoto Studio Park has reopened from Mon, June 15
Toei Kyoto Studio Park reopened on June 15th, however, a number of performances and events have been canceled. They are currently selling tickets at half price until June 30th. See their website for further details.

Nagoya

Legoland Japan Resort reopened on Sat, May 23, 2020

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle has reopened from Mon, June 1.
Nagoya Castle has announced a partial opening period for their outdoor gardens from Mon, June 1. Indoor reopening dates will be announced on their website at a later date. See their website for further details.

Legoland Japan Resort

Legoland Japan Resort has reopened from Sat, May 23
Legoland Japan Resort has reopened. All visitors are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. See their website for further details.

Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has reopened from Mon, June 1
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has reopened. All visitors are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. See their website for further details.

Fukuoka and Kyushu region

Huis Ten Bosch reopened on Mon, June 1

Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch has reopened from Mon, June 1
Although Huis Ten Bosch has reopened, some events and sections have been cancelled and postponed to prevent the spread of infection. See their website for further details.

Kyushu National Museum

Kyushu National Museum has reopened from Tue, June 2
Kyushu National Museum will reopen from Tue, June 2. All visitors are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. A variety of date changes have been made to the exhibition schedules. See their website for further details.

Sapporo

The Sapporo Clock Tower reopened on Mon, June 1, 2020

Shiroi Koibito Park

Shiroi Koibito Park has reopened from Thu, June 4
Shiroi Koibito Park has announced a partial opening period for their outdoor gardens from Thu, June 4. Indoor reopening dates will be announced on their website at a later date. See their website for further details.

Sapporo Clock Tower

Sapporo Clock Tower has reopened from Mon, June 1
Sapporo Clock Tower has reopened. All visitors are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. See their website for further details.

Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower has reopened from Mon, June 1
Sapporo TV Tower has reopened, however, visitors will only be allowed to access up to the third floor. The 90m observatory will be temporarily closed for the time being. All visitors are asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. See their website for further details.

Keep in mind, some locations may extend the closing period or re-close depending on how the coronavirus situation in Japan progresses. We will update this list when other openings or closings 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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