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Venues and attractions in Japan that are starting to reopen

These museums, galleries, parks and zoos in Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and more are opening up again

By Youka Nagase
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This article will be updated regularly.

On May 25, Japan’s state of emergency was finally lifted, allowing businesses across the country to open up again. Museums, galleries, department stores and tourist attractions are starting to reopen, but visitors are still advised to wear masks, keep a safe distance from others, and sanitise their hands on entry. Some venues are even doing temperature checks at the door.

Tokyo is taking a slower approach to reopening, but prefectures less affected by Covid-19 coronavirus have seen attractions open up again this week. Schedules are still changing, so be sure to check each venue’s opening times before visiting.

Hiroshima

Hiroshima Botanical Garden is now operating on its regular schedule.

Hiroshima Castle is now operating on its regular schedule.

Hiroshima Museum of Art is now operating from 9am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm).

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is now operating on its regular schedule.

Shukkeien Garden is now operating on its regular schedule.

Hokkaido

Abashiri Prison Museum is now operating on its regular schedule

Asahiyama Zoo is now operating from 9.30am-5.14pm (last entry 4pm).

Botanic Garden, Hokkaido University is now operating from 9am-4.30pm (last entry 4pm).

Hokkaido Museum is operating on its regular schedule.

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art is now operating on its regular schedule

Kobe

Hyogo Museum of Art is now operating on its regular schedule.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art is now operating from 10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm).

Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery Museum is operating on its regular schedule.

Kobe Animal Kingdom is now operating from 10am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm).

Rokko Garden Terrace is now operating from 7.30am-8pm on weekdays, and 9.30am-7pm on weekends.

Sorakuen Garden is not operating on its regular schedule.

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Museum is now operating on its regular schedule.

Kyoto

Arashiyama Monkey Park is now operating on its regular schedule. 

Kyoto National Museum is now partially operating from 9.30am-5pm. 

Kyoto Prefectural Insho-Domoto Museum of Fine Arts is now operating on its regular schedule.

Kyoto Railway Museum will operate on its regular schedule from June 15. Visitors are required to purchase tickets in advance.

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto is now operating on its regular schedule.

Nara

Ikomasanjo Amusement Park is now operating on its regular schedule.

Isuien Garden is now operating on its regular schedule.

Nara Crafts Museum is now operating on its regular schedule.

Nara National Museum is now operating from 10.30am-4pm.

Ninja Museum of Igaryu is now operating from 10am-4pm.

Osaka

Kuchu Teien Observatory is now operating from 11am-10.30pm (last entry 10pm).

National Museum of Art, Osaka is now operating on its regular schedule.

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts is now operating on its regular schedule.

Osaka Musem of History is now operating from 11am-4pm.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is now operating from 11am-6pm. Visitors are required to make reservations online.

Osaka Tennoji Zoo is now operating on its regular schedule.

The National Museum of Art is now operating from 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm).

Tsutenkaku Observation Deck is now operating from 9am-9pm (last entry 8.30pm) until further notice.

Universal Studio Japan is now operating on its regular schedule. It will only be open to residents of Osaka prefecture until June 18.

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