On the 28th of February 2020 Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan announced further steps to tackle the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus that has been spreading in Japan and the rest of the world.
One of these steps is the closing and cancelation of attractions and events all over Japan. If you are in Nagoya and now wonder what is closed and what is open in the city in the months of March and April this post will hopefully help.
In the past couple of days, theme parks and other attractions have started reopening their doors to visitors. Please decide for yourself whether you feel it is a good idea to visit crowded places at the moment.
**If there is anything not listed below or you have other information please share it with everyone in the comments below**
Stay safe and healthy while you are in Nagoya!
For more information on the coronavirus in Nagoya read this post.
Attractions Closed in Nagoya due to the Coronavirus
Following is a list of the main attractions in Nagoya and their status as it is currently advertised on their websites.
(Last Updated March 24. 2020)
|Aichi Arts Center||all events canceled in March and April 2020||Website|
|Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing Museum||closed (dates not announced)||Website|
|Atsuta Jingu||open (some events and ceremonies are canceled)||Website|
|Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens||open (buildings and events during March 2020 will be closed and canceled, April cancelations to be announced)||Website|
|Legoland Japan||reopened March 23. 2020 (some events and activities canceled)||Website|
|Meiji Mura||reopened March 20. 2020 (some events and activities canceled)||Website|
|Nabana no Sato||open (some events in March 2020 are canceled)||Website|
|Nagashima Spaland||reopened March 20. 2020 (some events and activities canceled)||Website|
|Nagoya Aquarium||closed (March 2. – March 31. 2020)||Website|
|Nagoya Castle||open (all buildings are closed February 29. – March 31. 2020)||Website|
|Nagoya City Art Museum||closed (March 2. – April 24. 2020)||Website|
|Nagoya City Science Museum||closed (February 29. – March 26. 2020)||Website|
|Oasis 21||open (some events in March 2020 are canceled, restaurants and cafes might be closed)||Website|
|Osu Shopping Street||open (some events in March 2020 are canceled)||Website|
|SCMaglev Railpark||closed (February 29. – March 31. 2020)||Website|
|Shidami Kofungun Museum||closed (March 2. – March 31. 2020)||Website|
|Shirotori Garden||open (some events in March and April 2020 are canceled)||Website|
|Sky Promenade||closed (March 4. – )||Website|
|Togokusan Fruit Park||partly closed (events are canceled in March)||Website|
|Tokugawa Art Museum||reopened March 14. 2020 (some events are canceled)||Website|
|Tokugawa Garden||open (events in March 2020 are canceled)||Website|
|Toyota Automobile Museum||closed (February 29. – April 6. 2020)||Website|
|Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology||closed (February 29. – April 6. 2020)||Website|
|Toyota Kaikan||closed (March 2. – March 14. 2020), factory tours closed (March 2. – April 4. 2020)||Website|
|Yoki-so Villa||closed (February 29. – March 31. 2020)||Website|
Events Canceled in Nagoya because of the Coronavirus
Following is a list of events planned for February and March 2020 as well as their current status.
(Last Updated March 24. 2020)
|Higashibetsuin Morning Market||February 28. 2020||canceled||Website|
|Higashibetsuin Morning Market||March 28. 2020||takes place as usual||Website|
|Nagoya Noh Theater March Special Performance||March 7. 2020||canceled||Website|
|Nayabashi Night Market||February 28. 2020||canceled||Website|
|Nayabashi Night Market Sake Festival||March 27. + 28. 2020||postponed to May 2020 (regular Nayabashi Night Market will take place on March 27. 2020)||Website|
|Weeping Plum Tree Festival||February 22. – March 15. 2020||not canceled (some events during the festival are canceled)||Website|
|Ben Harper Concert||March 3. 2020||canceled||Website|
|Nagoya Castle Spring Festival||March 20. – May 6. 2020||canceled||Website|
|Nagoya Castle Hanami Lightup||end of March 2020||canceled||Website|
|Tsuruma Park Hanami Lightup||end of March 2020||canceled||Website|
|Yamazaki River Hanami Lightup||end of March 2020||canceled||Website|
Shops with Changed Opening Hours in Nagoya due to COVID-19
Following is a list of department stores, malls, and popular tourist shops and their status as it is announced on their websites. Websites without special announcements are assumed to operate normally.
(Last Updated March 1. 2020)
|Aeon Mall Nagoya Dome Mae||open normally||Website|
|Bic Camera Nagoya JR Gate Tower||changed opening hours 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (from March 3.)||Website|
|Bic Camera Nagoya Station West||changed opening hours 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (from March 3.)||Website|
|Don Quijote Sakae||open normally||Website|
|Kintetsu Pass’e||changed opening hours 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (March 2. – March 17. 2020)||Website|
|Lachic||changed opening hours 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. weekends 8:00 p.m. (March 2. – March 15. 2020)||Website|
|Matsuzakaya Department Store||closed (March 3., 10., 17., 24. 2020)||Website|
|Meitetsu Department Store||changed opening hours 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (March 2. – March 24. 2020)||Website|
|Midland Square||open normally||Website|
|Mitsui Outlet Shopping Mall||changed opening hours 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (March 2. – March 15. 2020)||Website|
|Mitsukoshi Department Store||changed opening hours 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (March 2. – March 13. 2020)||Website|
|Nadya Park||open normally||Website|
|Parco||changed opening hours 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (March 2. – March 18. 2020)||Website|
|Sunshine Sakae||open (Skyboat closed February 28. – March 13. 2020)||Website|
|Takashimaya Department Store||open (some events in March 2020 are canceled)||Website|
What to Do in Nagoya
If you are looking for things to do in Nagoya that take place even during the coronavirus and among the closures in Nagoya here are a couple of ideas.
Restaurants are open as usual so check out my restaurant recommendations or join me on a food tour of Nagoya.
Street Food Walking Tour of Osu
5000 yen/ person
Daily except for Wednesdays from 11 a.m.
Including 5 street foods
Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour
13.200 yen/ person
Daily from 2 p.m.
Including 4 restaurants and 3 snacks
If you are looking for things to do in Nagoya read the following posts, but make sure you check your chosen activity is actually open.
- 30+ Things to Do in Nagoya
- Things to Do in Nagoya at Night
- Things to Do in Nagoya with Kids
- Things to Do in Nagoya in Spring
In love with Japan and its amazing food, Lena wants to share her passion with the world. That’s why she started Nagoya Foodie. To teach about Nagoya, her adoptive home online through blog posts and offline through unique food tours.
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is not closed. I just went there (March 1, 1pm – 3pm). The “hot house” is closed, and they are not allowing the feeding of animals. There may be other small buildings that are closed but otherwise it is business as usual.
Hi Ben, thanks so much for the comment. I corrected what I wrote above. I also rechecked the website, you are right, the buildings and events have been closed and canceled.
Meiji mura open air museum is closed. Went there yesterday. Thanks
Thanks for sharing.
I’ll include it in the post.