Latest Japan Travel News: The number of coronavirus infections reported in Japan reached 2,617 as of April 3, 2020. Japan is currently restricting entry to people who have visited to these Restricted area/regions within the last 14 days unless there are special circumstances.

Spring has arrived and cherry blossoms have bloomed in many areas of Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukushima and so on. This year, some of the major hanami (cherry blossom viewing) festivals in Tokyo have been cancelled by authorities due to the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

White sakura (cherry blossoms).

Is it safe to travel to Japan now?

At the moment, as a tourist in Japan, you must refrain yourself from any gathering. Wear mask even if you don’t have a cough and frequently wash your hands upon returning home and before taking meals. Be sure to have the necessary travel insurance in Japan as medical expenses in the country may be high. Even if you don’t have travel insurance, you can apply for it from the following two Japanese insurance companies. Check out the links below:

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. and
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.

Five-storied pagoda of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. Temples, Shrines, and Gardens are not affected by closures.

Temporary Closure of Attractions in Japan

It’s worth mentioning that the current outbreak of Coronavirus disease is having a big impact on sightseeing activities in Japan as most of the major attractions have been closed due to the virus.

Many of the most popular attractions in Tokyo city have announced closures until at least the middle of the month. Even though most of the shops and restaurants remain open, some of those have already reduced their business hours. A lot of events are also being cancelled or postponed in Tokyo and other cities across the country.

Now, take a look at the venues and attractions in Japan that are now closed due to the virus:

In Tokyo:

1. Tokyo Disneyland (Closed from April 20)
2. Tokyo Skytree (Closed from Mar 1)
3. Ghibli Museum (Closed from Feb 25 to Apr 28)
4. Tokyo DisneySea (Closed from April 20)
5. Tokyo Government Building Observation Deck (Closed from Feb 27 to April 12)
6. AnimeJapan 2020 (Cancelled)
7. Tokyo National Museum (Closed from Feb 27)
8. teamLab Borderless (Closed from Feb 29)
9. Ueno Zoo (Closed from Feb 29 to April 12)
10. The Railway Museum (Closed from Feb 29)
11. Mori Art Museum (Closed from Feb 29)
12. Shinjuku Gyoen (Closed from March 27)
13. Imperial East Gardens (Closed from March 28)
14. Koishikawa Korakuen (Closed from March 28 to April 12)

In Kyoto, Osaka and Nara:

1. Kyoto Tower (Reopened Mar 23)
2. Kyoto Aquarium (Closed from Feb 29)
3. Ninomaru Palace at Nijo Castle (Reopened from Mar 21)
4. Osaka Castle (Closed from Feb 29)
5. Osaka Aquarium (Closed from Mar 2)
6. Universal Studio Japan (Closed from Feb 29 to April 12)
7. Nara National Museum (Closed from Feb 27)

Fuji Five Lakes:

1. Fuji Q Highland (Closed from Mar 1)
2. Fujisan World Heritage Centre (Closed from Feb 29)
3. Maglev Exhibition Center (Closed from Feb 29)

Safety Tips for Travelers

This page of Japan Tourism Agency contains a list of useful links, providing information on travel advisories, weather forecast, medical information, warnings, travel news, and list of embassies and consulates-generals in Japan.

Japan Official Travel App

For a safe and comfortable journey across Japan, download Japan Official Travel App.

JR Trains

JR Hokkaido
JR EAST
JR Central
JR West
JR Shikoku
JR Kyushu

Major Private Railways

Tokyo Metro
Tobu Railway
Keisei Electric Railway
Odakyu Electric Railway
Keio Railway
Kintetsu Railway

Airports

Narita International Airport
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
New Chitose Airport
Fukuoka Airport
Kansai International Airport
Sendai Airport

Japan Visitor Hotline

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has provided a 24-hour coronavirus hotline for tourists, support available in English, Chinese and Korean. You can also use these numbers in case of any accidents and emergencies.

– From Japan 050-3816-2787
– From Overseas +81-50-3816-2787

For safe travels in Japan, read this guide, provided by Japan Tourism Agency.

To see the latest update on the number of coronavirus cases in Japan by prefecture, click here.

Read the basic proactive measures against the virus, published by the World Health Organization (WHO).