March 2, 2020

Tokyo Closures for COVID-19 Coronavirus

While officials are keeping up the optimism, lots of attractions have closed down due to the COVI-19 virus outbreak.

Currently closed: View from the Metropolitan Government Building. Photo: Ingrid
Currently closed: View from the Metropolitan Government Building. Photo: Ingrid

While officials are keeping up the optimism, lots of attractions have closed down due to the COVI-19 virus outbreak.

Time Out Tokyo has the most comprehensive list

Update March 10th: The original list may be a bit out of date - at this point we recommend you check the Japan travel Reddit where the usual nerds are keeping tabs on all developments. While the presentation is a bit messy, it is the best information resource we found so far.

In a nutshell: If you’re going to Tokyo these days, your current itinerary is probably not going to work out.

Those on a package tours may be able to postpone and/or get a refund. Otherwise just head for a nice restaurant or a silent mountain retreat.

Most closures are until mid-March; but they’ll probably go on if the situation doesn’t improve.

German authorities don’t currently classify Japan as “risky”. The US CDC is bit more cautious and suggests that you postpone travel in case you are elderly or have existing medical conditions.


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