Covid19 Saitama – This is the list of places that have re-opened or remained closed after the initial round of Covid19 closures in Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. Jump to open places.
Covid19 Closures Saitama
At the end of February 2020 dozens of places in Saitama Prefecture announced they would temporarily close their doors in a bid to help slow down the spread of novel coronavirus, Covid19. The temporary closures were by and large scheduled to end, today, Sunday March 15th 2020.
However, further to an appeal from the Government to extend temporary closures and dates of event cancellations, several places have opted to extend their temporary closure period. Many of them extended closure periods to March 31st. However, several have not yet released their planned re-opening date, just a note to say that when they decide they will post it on their websites.
There are some places that have announced a reopening date and even a small handful who have decided not to extend their closures. There are also places, particularly factory tours, that had planned from the start to remain closed until April. Below information on the places that will remain closed from March 16th during the Covid19 outbreak in Saitama Prefecture in the Greater Tokyo area of Japan. (Jump to open places).
Please note that there are likely to be changes again, so please do check with the official website for the most recent updates.
“Not fixed” indicates that the location is remaining closed, but has not yet decided on what date they will reopen and / or have not yet released an opening date to the public.
“New” indicates that the date was extended from the original date set at the end of February.
** indicates that the location has not indicated information either way as in Saitama Prefecture Museum of Literature.
The prefectural libraries are closed, but you can borrow online or by phone from the official website.
All the prefectural “genki plaza” have extended their closures to March 31st.
|Chukaman Museum||3/1 – 3/31||Official notice|
|Meiji Chocolate Factory||3/2 – 3/31||Official notice|
|Glico Pia Pocky Factory||3/2 – 4/03||Official notice|
|Iwako Eraser Factory Tour||(New) 4/04||Official notice|
|Saitama Railway Museum||(New) 3/31||Offical notice|
|Museum of History and Folklore||Not fixed||Official notice|
|Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds||Not fixed||Official notice|
|Ranzan Historical Museum||Not fixed||Official notice|
|Museum of Natural History||Not fixed||Official notice|
|The Museum of Rivers||2/29 – 3/16||Official notice|
|MOMAS||Not fixed||Official notice|
|Saitama Prefectural Archives||Not fixed||Official notice|
|Museum of Literature||**||Official notice|
|Kawaguchi Science Museum||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Skip City Visual Museum||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Peace Museum||Not fixed||Official notice|
|Tokorozawa Aviation Museum||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Youth Astronomical Museum||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|JAXA||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Bonsai Art Museum||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Saitama Prefectural Libraries|
Kumagaya and Kuki
|Kazo Genki Plaza||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Otaki Genki Plaza||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Nagatoro Genki Plaza||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Ogawa Genki Plaza||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Kamikawa Genki Plaza||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Naguri Genki Plaza||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Zoo / Aquarium|
|Saitama Children’s Zoo|
(were the last to close – March 5th)
|(New) 3/19||Official notice|
|Saitama Aquarium||(New) 3/31||Official website|
|Chikozan Park Zoo||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Tobu Zoo||(New) 3/19||Official notice|
|Omiya Park Zoo||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Seibu Amusement Park||(New) 3/20||Official notice|
|Kazo Miraikan Planetarium||2/27 – 3/31||Official notice|
|Trampoland Saitama||(New) 3/23||Official notice|
|CESS (under construction)||~3/23||Official notice|
|Ageo Waku Waku Land||(New) 4/01||Official notice|
|Musashi No Mura||(New) 3/18||Official notice|
|Smaland Ikea Shinmisato||(New) 3/31||Official notice|
|Little Planet Shinmisato||(New) 3/18||Official notice|
There are other places throughout Saitama that have enforced partial closures, but are thankfully still open to the public. For example, Shinrin Park (Musashi Kyuryo National Goverment Park) in Namegawa Town. They announced on Friday the 28th that they are closing all indoor facilities including restaurants and exhibition spaces, but the park itself is still open.
Open Places during Covid19
There are some places that currently have no official notifications of changes to their schedule or temporary closures. For example, most of the public parks are open per normal. Similarly cherry blossom sightseeing spots are for the most part open, although they have cancelled their Sakura Matsuri (cherry blossom festivals).
Also, and very surprisingly, several of the jidokan children’s community centers remained open (just cancelled events) during the recommended closure period until March 15th. There are hundreds throughout Saitama so I cannot possibly check each, but there is information on each of the municipalities official websites.
Moominvalley park opened back up for business as normal from Saturday March 14th.
Saiboku no Mori also reopened on Saturday March 14th.
Teamlab Islands in Lalaport Fujimi also reopened for business on Saturday March 14th.
The Saitama Prefecture Museum of Rivers will open back up on Tuesday March 17th.
Chichibu Muse Park have a note on their website to say hours may change and facilities may close, but apart from cancelling the plum blossom festival they haven’t made any other significant changes or closures. They have requested that people do not conduct drinking parties under the prunus trees this year.
Round1 also have not yet announced closures or a plan to close. However, until March 19th school students are not allowed enter the facilities until after 3 pm. The excellent Spocha (three floors of sports, games and play areas), which is a great place to let off steam, has also remained open.
The background image of this article is of rapeseed at Arakawa Tarouemon Nature Restoration Park. Rapeseed is currently blooming in various locations in Saitama Prefecture. A lot of the rapeseed, known as Nanohana in Japanese, are along riverside walks, which are currently less busy than parks and / or playgrounds.
Coronavirus Saitama Resources
In Saitama Prefecture, the Saitama Information & Support is offering telephone support services in 10 languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Nepalese.
The service is available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 048-833-3296.NHK World News
Click here for the official Saitama Prefecture Coronavirus web page, unfortunately Japanese language only. They do have a few articles in English (and other foreign languages) linked here (click).
Up-to-date information and useful resources in English on the Japan National Tourism Organization website. The linked page also shows attraction closures for Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara, but not Saitama.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
No, Seibuen aka Seibu Amusement Park was temporarily closed on February 29th initially planning to reopen on March 15th. However, further to Covid19 developments, they extended their closure period until Friday March 20th.
Moominvalley park was closed until March 13th, while Metsa village remained open with shortened hours. Both opened up for business as normal on Saturday March 14th.
The Bonsai Art Museum was initially closed until Sunday March 15th, while the village itself remained open. However, further to Covid-19 developments, the museum extended its closure period until March 31st.
The Saitama Children’s Zoo initally remained open in early March despite closures almost everywhere else due to the novel coronavirus. At first they just cancelled all events. However, they eventually announced a temporary closure until March 19th.