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<Updated 5/20> Latest Information Regarding Closures and Cancellations Related to Covid-19

Covid-19 continues to pose a threat to society, with over 16,000 confirmed cases and 773 deaths in Japan. This article will cover large-scale events and locations such as theme parks, museums, and other cultural facilities that have been temporarily closed or postponed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This article will be updated as new information becomes available.

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On February 26 the Japanese government announced that large-scale sporting and cultural events should be suspended, postponed, or reduced in scale for the following two weeks in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. On the following day, February 27, the government also requested that all elementary, junior high, high, and special schools in the country temporarily close from March 2 to the beginning of the new school year in April. A number of universities have also canceled graduation and entrance ceremonies or other events involving a large number of people.

These measures was a response to an inquiry from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on February 25 regarding whether or not Tokyo should still host the 2020 Summer Olympics following the Japanese government's slow and unclear response to the outbreak of Covid-19. Some have accused the government of responding with hurried measures and allege that the current crisis might have been avoided if proper measures, such as banning entry for those who visited China around January or February, were enacted when the virus started to become a problem for China, Japan, and the rest of the world.

Theme Parks

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Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo Disney Sea: February 29 (Sat) ~ mid-May
The park had been scheduled to reopen on March 16, but this was extended to early April, given the virus has not been contained.

Universal Studios Japan: February 29 (Sat) ~ mid-May
The date of opening has been pushed back from March 16 (Mon) to March 29 (Sun). Reopening will be "carefully decided while considering future conditions."

Sanrio Puroland: February 22 (Thur) ~ May 10
Operations were scheduled to resume on March 13 (Fri), but this has been pushed back.

Moomin Valley Park: March 2 (Mon) ~ Reopening to be determined

Legoland Japan:February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined

Sightseeing Spots, Art Museums, Zoos

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Hokkaido

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)
Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)

Tokyo

Tokyo Skytree: March 1 (Sun) ~ Reopening to be determined
Toyosu Market (general viewings canceled): February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)
teamLab Planets (Toyosu): February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)
teamLab Borderless (Odaiba): February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
Ueno Zoo: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)
Ghibli Museum Mitaka: February 25 (Tue) ~ Reopening to be determined
Mori Art Center: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art: February 29 (Sat) ~ March 13 (Fri). Reopened on March 14 (Sat)
Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art: March 1 (Sun) ~ Reopening to be determined
Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
National Museum of Western Art: March 1 (Sun) ~ Reopening to be determined
National Art Center, Tokyo: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
National Museum of Nature and Science: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
Tokyo National Museum: February 27 (Thur) ~ Reopening to be determined
Bunkamura The Museum: February 28 (Fri) ~ May 6 (Wed)
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT: February 27 (Thur) ~ March 31 (Thur)
Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 8 (Fri)​​​​​​​
Tokyo Station Gallery: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined

Kanagawa

Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 12 (Tue)
Nogeyama Zoo: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)
Kanazawa Zoo: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)
Yokohama Zoo "Zoorasia": February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined

Yamanashi

Fuji-Q Highland: March 1 (Sun) ~ Reopening to be determined

Aichi

Nagoya Castle: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 10 (Sun)
Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 10 (Sun)

Osaka

Administrative Agency for Osaka City Museums (Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Osaka Museum of Natural History, Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Science Museum, Osaka Museum of History, Nakanoshima Museum of Art Staging Room): Reopening to be determined
National Museum of Art, Osaka: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
Hirakata Park: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
Abeno Harukas (Harukas 300 observation deck & Abeno Harukas Art Museum): March 3 (Mar) ~ Reopening to be determined
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 12 (Tue)
Osaka Castle: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined

Ishikawa

Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 6 (Wed)

Kyoto

The Museum of Kyoto: February 28 (Fri) ~ May 6 (Wed)
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto: February 29 (Sat) ~ Reopening to be determined
Kyoto National Museum: February 27 (Thur) ~ Reopening to be determined
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art: Reopening to be determined
Kyoto Tower (Observation deck): March 1 (Sun) ~ Reopening to be determined

Nara

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art: February 28 (Fri) ~ April 17 (Fri)
Nara National Museum: February 27 (Thur) ~ Reopening to be determined
Heijo Palace Museum, Asuka Historical Museum, Exhibition Room of Fujiwara Imperial Site: February 27 (Thur) ~ Reopening to be determined

Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: February 29 (Sat) ~ May 17 (Sun)
Hiroshima CastleFebruary 29 (Sat) ~ May 17 (Sun)

Fukuoka

Kyushu National Museum: February 27 (Thur) ~ Reopening to be determined

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In addition to locations and events discussed in this article, information regarding other closings or cancellations can be found on locations' official websites. Please be sure to check your destination's official site before visiting Japan, and plan your trip accordingly.

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