Open or Closed? Attractions in Japan Amid COVID-19

Several tourist-favorite attractions like Universal Studios Japan are closed until mid-April due to coronavirus. If you’re in Tokyo right now, you can check out the restaurants that you may want to visit instead.

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Osaka Castle in Spring.

Highlights

  • As of publish date, Universal Studios Japan, Tokyo Disneyland, and Tokyo DisneySea are temporarily closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Among the attractions in Japan that are partially open include Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Bunkamura in Tokyo, and The Museum of Kyoto, according to JNTO.
  • If you happen to be in Japan right now and are looking for a place to eat, check out the restaurants that you may book with a discount using WAUG. Download the app here and start browsing.

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Which attractions in Japan are temporarily closed?

To help combat COVID-19, several attractions in Japan have temporarily shut down, while some remain partially open. As of April 6, 2020, here are the operational status of some major facilities in several prefectures, as taken from JNTO’s COVID-19 status page.

1. Osaka

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CLOSED ATTRACTIONS

  • Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda (expected to open on May 12)
  • Hirakata Park (closed until further notice)
  • Kids Plaza Osaka (closed until further notice)
  • Mint Museum (closed until further notice)
  • National Museum of Ethnology (closed until further notice)
  • Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (closed until further notice)
  • Osaka Castle Museum (closed until further notice)
  • The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka (closed until further notice)
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka (closed until further notice)
  • Universal Studios Japan (expected to open on April 12)

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2. Tokyo

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CLOSED ATTRACTIONS

  • 21 21 Design Sight (expected to open on April 12)
  • Edo-Tokyo Museum (expected to open on April 13)
  • Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (expected to open on April 13)
  • Edogawa Natural Zoo (closed until further notice)
  • Fukagawa Edo Museum (expected to open on April 13)
  • Ghibli Museum (expected to open on April 28)
  • Idemitsu Museum of Art (expected to open on April 20)
  • Mega Web (closed until further notice)
  • Miraikan (closed until further notice)
  • Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo (closed until further notice)
  • Mori Art Museum (closed until further notice)
  • Mori Arts Center Gallery (closed until further notice)
  • National Film Archive of Japan (expected to open on May 28)
  • National Museum of Nature & Science (closed until further notice)
  • National Theatre, National Engei Hall, National Noh Theatre, National Bunraku Theatre (expected to open on April 12)
  • Nezu Museum (expected to open on April 17)
  • Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art (expected to open on May 8)
  • Samurai Museum (expected to open on April 12)
  • Shitamachi Museum (expected to open on April 13)
  • TeamLab Borderless (closed until further notice)
  • Teamlab Planets Tokyo (expected to open on April 12)
  • The National Art Center (closed until further notice)
  • The National Museum of Modern Art (closed until further notice)
  • The National Museum of Western Art (closed until further notice)
  • The Observatories at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (expected to open on April 12)
  • The Yomiuri Land Amusement Park (closed until further notice)
  • Tokyo City View (closed until further notice)
  • Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea (expected to open on April 20)
  • Tokyo Hara Museum (closed until further notice)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (expected to open on April 12)
  • Tokyo National Museum (closed until further notice)
  • Tokyo Onepiece Tower (closed until further notice)
  • Tokyo Skytree (closed until further notice)
  • Tokyo Station Gallery (closed until further notice)
  • Ueno Zoological Gardens (expected to open on May 6)

PARTIALLY OPEN

  • Bunkamura
  • Ota Memorial Museum of Art
  • The New National Theatre
  • Tokyo Opera City

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3. Hokkaido

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CLOSED ATTRACTIONS

  • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (expected to open on April 17)

PARTIALLY OPEN

  • Asahiyama Zoo
  • Historical Village of Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples

TRANSPORTATION TIP! To easily pay for your fares at the prefecture’s railway and bus system that has the IC mark, you may purchase a Kitaca IC Card.

4. Fukuoka

Kyushu National Museum is closed temporarily until further notice.

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5. Okinawa

JNTO reports that Okichan Theater and The National Theatre Okinawa are temporarily closed until further announcement. The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is partially open.

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6. Kyoto

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CLOSED ATTRACTIONS

  • Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art (closed until further notice)
  • Byodoin Museum (closed until further notice)
  • Kyoto Railway Museum (closed until further notice)
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (closed until further notice)

PARTIALLY OPEN

  • Kyoto National Museum
  • The Museum of Kyoto

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7. Hiroshima

Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are closed until April 12, 2020. Hiroshima Museum of Art is temporarily unavailable until further announcement.

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Other Attractions in Japan & Future Updates

To view the operational status and advisories of other attractions in Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba, Toyama, and more, visit JNTO’s COVID-19 page here. You may also check the same link if you want to get the latest information for the attractions mentioned above.

FAQ: Operations of Major Attractions in Japan

Please note that the information below is from data gathered on April 6 and may differ from present circumstances.

1. Is Tokyo Disneyland closed due to COVID-19?


Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea announced that they will temporarily be closed to support the New Coronavirus Response Headquarters’ urge to refrain from holding events or public gatherings.

2. When will Tokyo Disneyland open?


As of publish time, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will re-open on April 20, 2020. You can check out their official announcement on their website here.

3. Is Universal Studios Japan closed because of the coronavirus?


As of April 6, Universal Studios Japan is closed. However, it is set to open its doors once again on April 12, 2020.

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