UPDATE: 7th May

The Japanese government has declared it will extend the current State of Emergency until the end of May for Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo & Kyoto Prefectures and from May 12, this will also include Aichi & Fukuoka Prefectures. For Kanagawa, Saitama & Chiba Prefectures, the “priority measures to prevent the spread of the virus” will continue until the end of May and Hokkaido, Gifu and Mie prefectures will be added to the list from the 9th. Miyagi prefecture will be removed from this group on May 9th.

As of May 5th, 3.8million Japanese (or roughly 3% of the population) have been vaccinated including just over one million who have had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Situation as of 30th April:

The Japanese government has declared another state of emergency from April 25 to May 12 in Tokyo due to concerns about the rapid spread of the COVID-19 and has also applied “priority measures to prevent the spread of the virus” to Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures, which all are part of the Kanto Region, calling for thorough infection prevention measures such as refraining from unnecessary travel between prefectures and shortening business hours.

For the 23 wards of Tokyo this means that large commercial, entertainment and sporting facilities will have to close including cinemas, game centers, night clubs, restaurants, department stores, museums, parks, aquariums, zoos etc but supermarkets and convenience stores will continue to operate as usual. Educational facilities and businesses will also be subject to certain restrictions including cancellation of school trips and sporting activities and shorter operating hours or online learning.

Tokyo’s state of emergency also looks very different to a lock down in Australia. There are no laws or fines that prevent people from venturing outdoors, the police are not monitoring people’s movements and there are no domestic border closures, the government merely requests that people follow the rules, so let’s hope everyone does.

As Japan struggles with its 3rd wave of COVID infections and deaths have now exceeded 10,000—half of which have been in the past 3 months—Japan Holidays is wishing our family and friends in Japan all the best during these difficult times.

For further information on the current state of entry to Japan, please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s website.