Tokyo National Museum
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These museums in Tokyo have reopened – and with new safety features

Museums and art galleries in the city are getting ready to resume business during stage one of Tokyo’s reopening plan

By Tabea Greuner
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Japan’s state of emergency has been lifted and Tokyo has begun stage one of its recovery plan, which includes allowing museums to reopen. Of course, our museum visits will be slightly different from now on. A number of new rules and safety measures have been implemented to limit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

So prepare for temperature checks on entry, regular use of hand sanitisers and face masks, and keeping a safe distance of at least 1m from other visitors. To find out which of Tokyo’s museums have resumed business or have announced reopening dates, check our list below.

Recommended: Read our guide on how to go out safely in Tokyo

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Bunkamura The Museum

Museums Art and design Shibuya

Reopening date: June 11

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Provide the museum with your contact information, which will be used to track possible coronavirus infections.

Edo-Tokyo Museum
Photo: Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Museums Ryogoku

Reopening date: June 2

For details on exhibitions and safety measures, click here (scroll down for English).

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Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum

Museums Koganei

Reopening date: June 2

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- People who have travelled to a place with a high coronavirus infection rate in the past two weeks should refrain from visiting the museum.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Keep a safe distance of 2m from other visitors at all times.
- Refrain from talking in exhibition rooms.
- Don’t linger in one place for too long.

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Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo
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Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

Art Marunouchi

Reopening date: June 9

Admission only with reservation via the museum’s official website. Ticket reservations will be possible from June 5.

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands regularly.
- Keep a safe distance from other visitors at all times.
- Refrain from talking in exhibition rooms.

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NANZUKA
Installation view: Lesconil, NANZUKA, Tokyo, Japan, 2019 ©Jean Jullien Courtesy of NANZUKA

Nanzuka

Art Galleries Shibuya

Reopening date: June 9

Advance reservations essential for current exhibition.

National Museum of Science and Nature
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National Museum of Nature and Science

Museums Ueno

Reopening date: June 1

Admission only with reservation via the museum’s official website. The booking page is currently Japanese only. The English version will be available in mid-June. Every 20 minutes, up to 50 visitors will be allowed to enter the museum.

For details on exhibitions and safety measures, click here.

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Postal Museum

Museums Oshiage

Reopening date: June 16

Safety measures:
-On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Keep a safe distance of 2m from other visitors at all times.
- Provide the museum with your contact information, which will be used to track possible coronavirus infections.
- The number of people entering the museum will be limited.

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Snoopy Museum
Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa

Snoopy Museum

Art Pop art Machida

Reopening date: June 5

Admission only with reservation via the museum’s official website.

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands regularly.
- Keep a safe distance from other visitors at all times.

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Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

Art Aoyama

Reopening date: June 1

A maximum of 20 visitors will be allowed in the museum at any given time.

Safety measures:
- Temperature check on entry. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Practice social distancing inside the museum.

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Art Odaiba

Reopening date: June 8

For details on safety measures, click here.

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The Ancient Orient Museum
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The Ancient Orient Museum

Museums History Ikebukuro

Reopening date: June 1

Safety measures:
- Temperature check on entry. If you have a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms, you will be refused entry. 
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser frequently.  
- Keep a safe distance from other visitors in the museum.

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The Railway Museum

Museums Omiya

Reopening date: June 10

Tickets have to purchased in advance at Lawson, 7-Eleven or Ministop convenience stores.

For details on safety measures, click here.

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Tobacco & Salt Museum

Museums Oshiage

Reopening date: June 2

Safety measures:
Temperature check on entry. If you have a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms, you will be refused entry. 
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- The number of people entering the museum will be limited.

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Tokyo Metro Museum

Museums Kasai

Reopening date: June 9

Until further notice, the Tokyo Metro Museum is only open between Tuesday and Friday.

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- People who have travelled to a place with a high coronavirus infection rate in the past two weeks should refrain from visiting the museum.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Refrain from drinking and eating in exhibition rooms.
- Keep a safe distance of 1m from other visitors at all times.
- Refrain from talking loudly in exhibition rooms.
- The number of people admitted will be limited.

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Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Art Galleries Hatsudai

Reopening date: July 4

Admission only with reservation via the museum’s official website. Further information on ticket sales will be announced soon.

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Keep a safe distance of 2m from other visitors at all times.
- Refrain from talking in exhibition rooms.

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Art Ebisu

Reopening date: June 2

Safety measures:
- Temperature check on entry. If you have a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms, you will be refused entry. 
- People who are not wearing a face mask, or who have travelled to a place with a high infection rate in the past two weeks, will also be denied entry.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser frequently.  
- Keep a safe distance from other visitors in the museum.
- Keep track of the day and time of your visit to aid in contact tracing.
- The number of people admitted will be limited.
- Refrain from talking inside the exhibition rooms.

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Tokyo Toy Museum

Museums Yotsuya-Sanchome

Reopening date: June 5

Admission only with reservation via the museum’s official website (Japanese only).

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands regularly.
- The number of people admitted will be limited.

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Ueno Royal Museum

Museums Ueno

Reopening date: June 1

Safety measures:
- Temperature check on entry. Anyone with a fever and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- The number of people entering the museum will be limited.
- Provide the museum with your contact information, which will be used to track possible coronavirus infections.
- Admire the exhibitions quietly and keep a safe distance from other visitors.

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