Since the spreading of Covid-19 or coronavirus from Wuhan (China) to the rest of the world, the atmosphere of instability and worries have been increasing considerably day by day.
To minimize the risk of mass infections across the country, Japan’s president Abe Shinzō made an official announcement last week forcing the nation’s primary, secondary and preparatory schools to close until the beginning of April. Also, indoor activities have been canceled and / or postponed, as well as food-related events, until March 15.
Check out the list of places that are temporarily closed and events that are canceled / postponed or are currently active in Nagoya and Aichi due to the coronavirus.
Aichi events in February 2020
NOT ALLOW TO PUBLIC 1. Tagata Shrine Hōnen Matsuri 田縣神社豊年祭 (Komaki city)
A very rare and unique festival where local people are carrying on their shoulders a portable shrine which bears a pennis wooden sculpture. This festival celebrates the blessings of a bountiful harvest and all manner of prosperity and fertility. Designated Intangible Folk Cultural.
Due to the Coronavirus, this year this festival will held only the rituals within the sanctuary. All events that were scheduled from the morning are canceled, as well as the procession of the mikoshi. The launch of mochi has also been canceled, and there will be no food stalls in the enclosures or on the surrounding roads.
- WHEN: March 15 (Sunday)
- HOURS: 10:00 to 16:00
- WHERE: Tagata Jinja MAP
- HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Meitetsu Komaki Line to Tagata Jinja-mae Station. From there 5 minutes walk. Or take the Kami-iida Subway Line from Heian-dori Station.
- PRICE: Free admission
CANCELED EVENTS 2. Plum festival in the Nagoya City Agricultural Center delafarm (Nagoya City)
Enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms during the Weeping Plum Blossoms Festival (Shidare Ume Matsuri) at the Nagoya Agricultural Center “dela Farm”. This is an installation that has one of the largest plum fields in Japan.
Major events and exhibitions have been canceled to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection. For more information, please contact the Nagoya City Agricultural Center, Tel: (+81) 052-801-5221.
- WHEN: February 29 to March 22
- HOURS: 9:00 to 16:30
- WHERE: Nagoya City Agricultural Center delaform MAP
- HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Tsurumai subway line and get off at Hirabari station. Take exit 1.
- PRICE: Free admission
CANCELLED 3. Gyōza Festival 2020 Spring (Nagakute city)
- WHEN: March 20 to 22 (Friday to Sunday)
- HOURS: 10:00 to 17:00
- WHERE: Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park Moricoro Park MAP
UNKNOWN 4. Funa Asobi 岡崎城下舟あそび (Okazaki city)
- WHEN: March 7 to 20
- HOURS: 11:00 to 16:00
- WHERE: Koseicho 康生町 MAP
- HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station take the Meitetsu train to Higashi Okazaki Station. From there, about 14 minutes walk.
- PRICE: 500 yen/person. Under 3 years old child: free
NOT ALLOWED TO PUBLIC 5. The Shinshiro Rally 2020 新城ラリー2020 (Shinshiro city)
The Shinshiro Rally 2020 will be held without spectators, and the rest of the events will be canceled.
- WHEN: March 13 to 15
CANCELLED 6. CLUB ENDOJI クラブ円頓寺 (Nagoya city)
The Endōji shopping district, one of Nagoya’s oldest shopping arcades, is transformed into a dance hall in this event with local products + art + music and more.
- WHEN: March 28 and 29 (Saturday and Sunday)
- HOURS: 11:00 to 20:00
- WHERE: Endōji Shotengai Shopping Street MAP
- HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Sakura-dori Line subway to Kokusai Center Station. From exit 2 5 minutes walk.
- PRICE: Free admission
- WEBSITE (Japanese)
UNKNOWN 7. Arakogawa Park Cherry Blossom Festival 荒子川公園 さくらまつり (Nagoya city)
In Arakogawa Park there are around 1000 cherry trees on both sides of the Arakogawa River. The park extends 2.5 km following the river and it’s perfect to peacefully enjoy the sakura trees. There are multiple recreation areas, a park for the little ones, barbecue area, a Japanese garden and a Tea Room. Arakogawa Park is also famous for its 3,000 square meter lavender field. In this article you can read more information about Arakogawa Park.
- WHEN: March 20 to April 9
- WHERE: Arakogawa Park MAP
- HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station take the Aonami Train Line to Arakogawa Koen Station.
- PRICE: Free admission
CANCELLED 8. Nayabashi Japanese Sake Night Market なやばし夜イチ日本酒まつり (Nagoya city)
On the fourth Friday of every month the riverside promenade between Nayabashi and Nishikibashi bridges (a couple of minutes from the Hilton Hotel) is the Nayabashi Night Market. In Nayabashi Japanese Sake Night Market you can wander along the canal, sampling many different types of nihonshu from around the country.
- WHEN: March 27 and 28
- HOURS: 27th 16:00 – 21: 00, 28th 13:00 – 21:00
- WHERE: Nayabashi Yoichi MAP
- HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station take the Higashiyama Subway Line to Fushimi Station. From there, 9 minutes walk.
- PRICE: Free admission. 4 spells of sake + 1 snack ticket 1,300 yen. Nayabashi Original Sake cup 300 yen
UNKNOWN 9. Kawabun Cultural Night 河文カルチャーナイト (Nagoya City)
Held in the oldest Nagoya’s Japanese restaurant, Kawabun Culture Night is a special event aimed at anyone, whether Japanese or foreigner, who has the curiosity to know about the traditional world of geishas.
- WHEN: February 17 to March 27
- HOURS: 21:30 – 23:00
- WHERE: Kawabun Ryotei MAP
Mondays: Geisha’s Game
Mar. 2, Mar. 9, Mar. 16, Mar. 23
Tuesdays: Traditional Instruments
Mar. 3, Mar. 10, Mar. 17, Mar. 24
Wednesdays: Japanese Casino
Mar. 4, Mar. 11, Mar. 18, Mar. 25
Thursdays: Kimono Experience:
Mar. 5, Mar. 12, Mar. 19, Mar. 26
Fridays: Magic & Sword Performance:
Mar. 6, Mar. 13, Mar. 20, Mar. 27
- HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Sakura Doori subway line or Meijo subway line and get off at Marunouchi station. 7 minutes walk from exit number 4. Or take the Higashiyama subway line (the yellow line) to the Hisaya Odori station. 8 minutes walk from exit number 1.
- PRICE: 5,000 yen with one drink and a sweet
Attractions closed temporarily in Aichi
Legoland Japan Resort: February 29 to March 15 2020
Nagoya Castle: February 29 to March 15 2020
Tokugawa Art Museum: February 29 to March 13. 2020
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens: February 29 to March 15 2020
Nagoya Aquarium: March 2 to 13 2020
Nagoya City Art Museum: March 2 to 24 2020
Nagoya City Science Museum: February 29 to March 15 2020
SCMaglev Railpark: February 29 to March 17 2020
Toyota Automobile Museum: February 29 to March 16 2020
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology: February 29 to March 16 2020
Toyota Kaikan: March 2 to 14 2020
FLIGHT OF DREAMS: February 29 to March 15 2020
Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya
Some facilities and stores in Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya will be temporarily closed or change its business hours. Check out here the info.
Alternatives to visit
Although many of the facilities and entertainment venues are temporarily closed throughout the country, you can still enjoy some of the less-known attractions. Natural places, such as gardens and parks, can be excellent alternatives because they are open spaces.
What to do if you are in Japan and you are not feeling well
Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth. When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or with your elbow to prevent the spread of disease. If you do not feel well, stay at home or in the hotel where you stay and avoid crowded places to prevent others from getting sick.
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare says that anyone who experiences a fever of at least 37.5ºC for more than four days, symptoms of a cold, fatigue and / or shortness of breath should contact a Covid-19 consultation center.
Call the Japan Visitors Hotline (within Japan 050 3816 2787, from abroad +81 50 3816 2787) in case of illness or emergency. The hotline offers services in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
You can also check the Japan National Tourism Organisation website for multilingual assistance.
Please travel safe and stay healthy while you are travelling around Japan!