Coronavirus; What it Means For Your Trip to Japan

Coronavirus is in Japan, here's how to protect yourself. Face masks are great for protecting the spread of the coronavirus Japan

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many major tourist attractions have been closed in attempts to negate the spread of the infectious virus. While Japan has a low number of confirmed cases in comparison to the overall population – a large majority of which were on the cruise ship ‘Diamond Princess’ which docked in Yokohama.  But with 127 million people in Japan – mostly living in close quarters with each other – Japan has taken precautions to slow down the spreading of the virus.

Universal Studios Japan, Tokyo Disney & Osaka Castle are among many of the major tourist destinations which have closed doors for a 14-day period (potential to extend or shorten) as the nation tries to contain the virus. National art galleries, museums, and a variety of other local businesses and attractions are closing shop for a few weeks. If you are in Japan from now until the 14th of March 2020, then you can expect to see a lot of major tourist spots closed for the time being. However, with the fears caused by the virus, there are many tourist destinations that are desolate of people. Kyoto has been heavily impacted by this, and once sprawling areas of people shoulder to shoulder have become ghost towns, providing for better opportunities to grab once in a lifetime photos.

The long-term goal for these measures is to protect the Olympics; there has been speculation about cancelling them, but that would ring devastating for national morale and the economy, but that’s the worst-case scenario.  

If You're Heading To Japan Soon, Here's How You Can Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

If you are in Japan travelling, then you should have little concern really. It appears the Japanese government is quite onto it and is encouraging those who think they might have the virus to self-isolate, and as such, most places are quite safe for you to travel. That being said, there are precautions that you should really take to ensure your safety.

  1. Avoid other people where you can.

Use automated ticketing booths for attractions, trains, and restaurants where possible. Self service in grocery stores will also work well.  While you shouldn’t avoid talking to the locals, for your safety and their safety, it’s best that you keep your distance – talk from a little further apart.

  1. Wear a face mask.

While paper masks are next than useless against the spread of the virus, they can still protect you a little. When you arrive in Japan, go immediately to a convenience store at the airport and stock up on enough face masks to last you your trip. You should consider changing masks twice a day.

  1. Sanitize.

Before entering buildings make sure you give your hands a quick sanitize and kill the germs on your hand. Touching money can also transfer a lot of germs as well, so after a transaction and handling money between people, consider sanitizing again to negate any unlikely nasties on the money.

  1. Go to the hospital if you feel sick.

Probably the most important thing to do is to head to the hospital if you start feeling sick. The worst thing to do is carry out your trip if you have a potentially infectious virus. It could simply be a common cold, but it could also be COVID-19, and not checking any sickness could be fatal.


Protecting your money is also important if you have an upcoming vacation to Japan. With flights being cancelled and travel restrictions in place, you never know what will happen. But by having travel insurance, you are giving yourself a safety net in the event that something happens on your trip. Whether it’s a flight being cancelled, or a trip to the hospital, it’s always best to be prepared. Check out what travel insurance options suit you now at

Are you planning a trip to Japan soon? Then you really should consider purchasing a JR Rail Pass, especially if you are planning on hitting all the major tourist cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Sapporo. 

The JR Rail Pass makes getting around the country easy, and can save you several hundreds in travel expenses. All you need to do is just show your pass at the ticket gate, and you have access to any and all JR rail lines across the country, and not just the standard commuter trains, but luxury trains, and even the world famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train). A JR Rail Pass is an essential item for any visitor to Japan. Buy your pass today by clicking here now!

Off The Track Japan supports self-isolation as a means of preventing the spread of the infection, if you feel like you might be at risk of contracting the virus prior to arriving in Japan, consult your doctor to prior to departing to ensure that you are fit to travel. Our suggestions on how to protect yourself are not 100% effective due to the nature of the virus and how it is transferred. These are only measures to reduce your chances of getting the virus. Off The Track Japan, a subsidiary of Miruzu Travel Solutions, claims no responsibility for damages, loss of life, or medial bills, as a result of travelling to Japan and contracting COVID-19. By Travelling to Japan, you are accepting that there is a risk travelling the country and you are fully responsible for the entirety of your trip. Please make sure you have the appropriate cover before heading to Japan, consider purchasing travel insurance with medical and flight cancellation options in case something happens on your trip. 

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