June 7 – Japan has extended its state of emergency through June 20
In an attempt to flatten the curve as much as possible Japan has extended its state of emergency though June 20, only 5 weeks before the Olympic Games start. Once it has ended, organizers will decide whether to allow Japanese people to attend.
Tokyo, and the prefectures of Aichi, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Kyoto, Okayama, Okinawa, and Osaka will see stronger restrictions due to a higher incidence of infections.
“The next weeks are an extremely important period in achieving results in infection prevention and vaccine inoculation, a two-pronged strategy,” said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in a statement.
Bilateral agreements with Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, mainland China, Singapore, Brunei, and South Korea will also remain suspended.
May 10 – Japan is reportedly working on Vaccine passports to reopen international borders
Japanese authorities are reportedly working on a vaccine passport app. This app will be connected to the Japan Vaccination Record System and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. It will keep record not only of travelers’ vaccination certificates but also of negative COVID-19 tests so unvaccinated travelers don’t feel discriminated against.
This means Japan is also working on a reopening plan to allow international visitors. So far, the country is open for essential travel only and this exception does not even include all countries.
Japanese Minister Taro Kono said that if other countries have already started using vaccine passports to reopen travel, “so Japan will have to consider it too.”
April 23 – Japan to enforce more restrictions before the Olympic Games
While the world was waiting for Japan to announce some restriction lifting considering the Olympic games are around the corner, the government has done exactly the opposite. But knowing the Japanese culture, it makes total sense.
With coronavirus infections increasing everywhere in Tokyo and Osaka, both governors of these cities have formally requested to reimpose a new state of emergency so they can strengthen restrictions especially in Osaka where the British variant has badly hit the Japanese population.
March 29 – New restrictions and new vaccination passport
Japan has decided to tighten even more its COVID-19 related restrictions. The health officials found some of the new highly contagious variants of coronavirus in more than 20 prefectures (50% of the country). This made the transportation Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba to impose additional entry border controls. As of today, only 2,000 foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country per day.
Additionally, according to a Reuters’s report, the country will be issuing a digital vaccination certificate that will pair up with people’s mobile phones. The holders are supposed to use it to board a plane or check in to a hotel.
Japan has had to make a tough decision not only for the world but also for its own economy. The government has officially decided not to extend their invitations to this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games to foreign visitors.
Officials say the country is obligated to protect the Japanese population from a bigger spread of the coronavirus and its new variants.
The Olympic Committee and two other organizations will be announcing this decision to the international community possibly next week.
To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Japan has suspended all travel bubbles with all countries and regions. This restriction also includes travel for business purposes.
COVID-19 situation in Japan
As of June 7, Japan has seen 760,323 cases of COVID-19 and 13,523 people have lost their lives to the virus. The government is imposing different local measures in order to stop the spread of infections.
The pandemic has hit Japan in different devastating ways. Not only it has killed thousands of Japanese people but also it forced the postponement of the 2020 Olympics to 2021 and without spectators.
What to do in Japan during pandemic
Domestic travel has been largely unimpeded in the country ensuring that Japanese citizens continue visiting their own tourism sites.
This means that many attractions have begun to reopen for tours.
Below is a list of the most popular tourist attractions open in Tokyo and their current state of business.
Tokyo Tower (reopened)
Tokyo Government Building observation decks (reopened)
Toyosu Market (reopened)
Kyu Shiba Rikyu (reopened)
Tokyo Disneyland (reopened)
Tokyo DisneySea (reopened)
Guided tours of the Imperial Palace (reopened)
Imperial East Gardens (reopened)
Hama Rikyu (reopened)
Edo Open Air Museum (reopened)
Shinjuku Gyoen (reopened)
Koishikawa Korakuen (reopened)
Koishikawa Botanical Garden (reopened)
Kiyosumi Garden (reopened)
Institute for Nature Study (reopened)
Sumida Hokusai Museum (reopened)
Tokyo National Museum (reopened)
Tokyo Skytree (reopened)
Sumida Aquarium (reopened)
Edo-Tokyo Museum (reopened)
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