Temporarily closed until further notice due to coronavirus measures
Last updated: Aug 5th 2022
Follow our latest updates on the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in Japan.
Since June 10th 2022, Japan has reopened its borders to tourists on guided tours, but not yet to independent travellers. Tours will be arranged that follow set itineraries that are arranged by Japan-based travel agencies and tour operators, for travellers who are disembarking from blue list countries and have typically spent 14 days there before arriving in Japan.
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While every effort has been made to keep the info listed here complete and accurate, we always advise checking the official website for any place or destination to get their latest updates.
Japan's cautious reopening to overseas tourists coincides with strict infection-prevention measures and rules for those hoping to visit Japan. Via Nippon
In addition to relaxed border controls introduced March 1st for business travellers and students, the daily cap is expected to be raised to 7,000 from March 14th. Via The Mainichi
Prime Minister Kishida announced on Feb 12th the possibility during a visit to Haneda Airport, with the deadline for current measures currently set for Feb 28th. Via Asahi News
Prime Minister Kishida announced an extension of quasi-state of emergencies for Tokyo and 12 prefectures by three weeks to stem the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Via Kyodo
Quasi-emergency measures are expanded from Jan 27th to cover 34 prefectures in Japan. Such measures allow governors to request shortened business hours for restaurants and restrictions on serving alcohol. Via Kyodo
Quasi-emergency measures are expected to be brought to Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures from January 21 through February 13, bringing the total to 16 prefectures under such measures. Via NHK
Quasi-emergency measures were announced in 3 prefectures to stem high Omicron infections, in part due to outbreaks at US military bases in those prefectures. Via Kyodo News
Effective Tues Nov 30th, Japan reverses previous border measures (provisionally for one month) for businesspeople, students and technical interns who will not be allowed into Japan. Japanese nationals or foreign residents remain unaffected, but new quarantine procedures are announced for those arriving from at-risk countries. Via Japan Times
Effective Nov 8th, international border restrictions were lifted for businesspeople, students and technical interns coming to Japan. This includes those visiting Japan for short business trips, or longer-term transfers. Unlike the current 14-day quarantine window, vaccinated business travellers only have to self-quarantine for 3 days, with sponsoring companies observing for an additional 7 days. For vaccinated students/trainees, the quarantine window is down to 10 days. Via Asahi News
Following the ending of last month's State of Emergency, some coronavirus safety rules (e.g. restricted opening hours until 8pm and serving of alcohol) that were kept in place are finally being removed in Tokyo and Osaka, as well as Chiba, Saitama, Hyogo and Kanagawa. Via Kyodo News
Japan's Covid-19 State of Emergency is extended until Sep 30 in a total of 19 prefectures – with quasi measures extended to 8 prefectures and lifted in another 6 prefectures. Via Kyodo News
With the Delta variant contributing to increasing infections, a total of 29 prefectures will be placed under Covid-19 emergency measures. Via Kyodo News
A fresh COVID-19 state of emergency has been decided for the duration of the Olympics in an effort to curb a recent infection surge. Via Kyodo News
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Japan's third State of Emergency would be lifted on June 20 in 9 prefectures, with the exception of Okinawa which extends until July 11. Seven prefectures will continue to be subject to quasi-emergency measures — including asking establishments to close by 8pm and stop serving alcohol by 7pm. Via Japan Times
EU recommends to its member states to add Japan to its list of safe countries where restrictions on non-essential travel by Japan residents can be gradually lifted Via Japan Times
Prime Minister Suga announces extension to existing State of Emergency with the order to remain for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima. Via Japan Times
State of Emergency measures expanded to 8 prefectures in new move that replaces earlier 'quasi-emergency' plans. Japan is grappling with a continual surge just 10 weeks before the Tokyo Olympics is expected to start. Via Kyodo News
State of Emergency measures continue in Tokyo & Osaka, also expanded to other prefectures (Aichi, Fukuoka). Via Kyodo News
Japan's 3rd State of Emergency covers Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo and extends through Golden Week, with new measures to curb entertainment venues, events and gatherings. Via Kyodo News
The three prefectures are the first to see special, stricter measures introduced following a February law change. Via Kyodo News
Japan's vaccine rollout started in late February and continues with a 6th batch of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine received. Via Kyodo News
Japan's vaccine rollout started in late February and continues to ramp up the pace, with a 6th batch of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine received. Via Tokyo 2020
Japan's second State of Emergency is extended until March 7th to help overcome pressure on hospitals in 10 prefectures, including Tokyo, Kanagawa and Osaka. Via Kyodo News
A second State of Emergency is extended to help overcome rising infections in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, Tochigi and Fukuoka. Via Japan Times
A second month-long State of Emergency is declared to help overcome rising infections in 4 of Japan's prefectures. Via Japan Times
Foreign visitors have been banned from entering Japan around the same time as the domestic Go To Travel campaign sees a suspension. Via Japan Times
The government is expected to launch a dedicated health monitoring center in March 2021, to help register and document the health of international tourist arrivals next Spring. Read More
Entry to Japan for the time being will require a negative COVID-19 test result conducted witin 72 hours of the departure flight. Via MoFA
From October, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announces a wider scope for visa applications for those visiting Japan to work, study, visit relatives and more. Via Japan Times
Foreign residents stuck overseas will finally be permitted to re-enter Japan under new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) infection test rules. Read More
Policy change will allow Japan's foreign residents who may be stuck overseas, like Permanent Residence holder or spouses of Japanese nationals, to re-enter if they left Japan before travel restrictions were originally imposed in April. Read More
Travel advisory raised for Palestine and 16 countries, including Nepal, Kenya and Venezuela, over concerns with the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read More
Japan expands its entry ban to visitors from 18 nations, including Cuba, as a continued step to help curtail the spread of coronavirus. Read More
An alert warning about possible increases in coronavirus infections in Tokyo was lifted, in another step towards a full resumption of economic activity. Read More
The countries, mostly in Africa and Central America, may be added to a list totalling 111 countries and territories that would mean denied entry to Japan if visited within two weeks of arrival. Read More
Move reverses a re-entry ban and policy that favoured Japanese nationals repatriating but banned foreign residents from returning to their home in Japan for any reason, even humanitarian. Read More
Lifting is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday 25th May, following a continuous fall in infection rates. Such a move would apply to Tokyo and it surrounding prefectures (Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa) as well as Hokkaido. Read More
The state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus is lifted in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. Now 42 out of 47 prefectures have seen their emergency measures ended. Read More
The state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus is lifted in 39 out of 47 prefectures, after a sharp fall in new infections. Read More
In consultation with a panel of experts, the government considers partially lifting restrictions in 34 prefectures. Read More
Abe makes announcement to extend nationwide State of Emergency to help reduce rate of new coronavirus infections. Read More
Smartphone app planned for early May will help warn users if they have been in contact with a diagnosed Covid-19 patient. Read More
Abe expands state of emergency to cover entire nation on Thursday to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
Government poised to declare state of emergency from Tuesday, covering Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka, Chiba, Saitama, Hyogo and Fukuoka. Read More
To counter an increase in confirmed infections, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government asks residents to work from home and refrain from going out in evenings and weekends. Read More
IOC announces decision to postpone the Olympic Games to no later than the summer of 2021, to safeguard the health of athletes, those involved in delivering the Games and the international community. Read More
Effective 21st March, 00:00 JST: Holders of a passport issued by affected countries (see MOFA site), intending to enter Japan without obtaining a visa, will not be permitted to land. Read More
Effective 21st March, 00:00 JST: Government plans to impose new restrictions on visitors from about 30 European countries, including Britain, France and Germany. Entry bans extend to cover Iceland and parts of Spain, Italy and Switzerland. Read More
Government sources suggest a plan to impose new restrictions on visitors from parts of northern Italy in response to the coronavirus situation there. Read More
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces new safeguard to quarantine all visitors for 2 weeks from coronavirus-hit China and South Korea, as well as parts of Iran. Read More
Two of Japan's major airlines, JAL and ANA, are offering free refunds for all tickets through March 19th that have been canceled as a result of fears about the coronavirus. Read More
Visitors with a travel history to Korea's Daegu City or Cheongdo County within 14 days are being restricted access to Japan (Effective Feb 27th 2020). Read More
Visitors from Wuhan (Hubei)and Zhejiang Provinces are being restricted access to Japan and may not be allowed to land in Japan (Effective Feb 13th 2020).
Temporarily closed until further notice due to coronavirus measures
Closed temporarily until further notice, as part of nationwide anti-coronavirus measures.
The Mazda Museum is currently closed. Tour reservations are also temporarily unavailable. Further updates will be posted to the Mazda Museum official..
The park is closed from April 25th due to Corona concerns.