Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information


With millions of tourists due to visit Japan in 2020, this page can help travelers to stay up to date with news about travel restrictions to Japan regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Below you’ll find information regarding whether it is currently safe to travel to Japan, essential safety measures, and the Japanese response to coronavirus.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics delayed until 2021 due to Coronavirus

In a joint statement, the organizers of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have announced that the event has been postponed until 2021, and will take place in the summer of that year.

The Games were due to start on July 24th, 2020, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach have both agreed to the delay due to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Things to know before traveling to Japan

Japan is truly a captivating country where the past meets the future in seamless harmony. Only in Japan can you go from having your dinner served by robots, to traveling through the picture-perfect and quiet countryside.

Discovering Japan is understanding the many nuances that make this country unique, so to help you prepare your trip we have gathered a list of important information you should know before your trip to the land of the Rising Sun.

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Is it safe to travel to Japan? 2020 travel guide

The simple answer to that question is yes. In many ways, Japan is among the safest international destinations. We’ve compiled the following data on many travelers’ foremost concerns so you can rest easy and enjoy your Japan vacation.

Japan is one of the countries with the lowest violent crime rates in the world, and the Japanese are proud of their safety and order and their culture always prioritizes the common good. That is why it is common to see children traveling in the subway alone, people leaving their keys in the car with the engine running and the doors of their houses unlocked. You can walk alone at night without having to look over your shoulder, although, of course, it is always advisable to act wisely.

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Japan Rail Café: A place for train lovers in Tokyo Station

Japan Rail Café—a one-stop shop for travelers—is now open at Tokyo Station, as of March 5, 2020. Visitors can enjoy food, drink, and the latest seasonal travel information about Japan all in one handy location.

If you love Japan and want new travel experiences in the country, this is the perfect place for you!

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Cherry blossoms in Tokyo: Best spots and festivals

Japan is world famous for its sakura, or cherry blossom, season. In early spring, thousands of trees across Japan burst forth in shades of red, pink, and white, washing the land in color. Many families enjoy hanami at this time, picnics or parties for the purpose of viewing the flowers.

Tourists also flock to Japan during the cherry blossom season. Tokyo is a prime viewing location due to its abundant parks and green spaces. If you’d like to see Tokyo in bloom, when should you plan your vacation? What are the best spots for cherry blossom viewing? And, how can you use your Japan Rail Pass to get the most out of your trip?

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