Major Renovations around Japan

Japan's beauty and heritage is in no small part due to its dedication to preserving and maintaining traditional culture, including arts and historical structures. Be it the impact from earthquakes and typhoons or merely the natural passage of time, Japan goes to great lengths to protect its heritage and cultural assets.

For foreign tourists, this inevitably means some destinations in Japan will be undergoing restorative or renovation works at any given time. We do our best to maintain a list of the main restoration/renovation programs below that we feel may impact the visitor's experience to some degree — if you feel something is missing, feel free to let us know.

While every effort has been made to keep the information listed here complete and accurate, we advise to always check the official website for any place or event you intend to visit to get the most up-to-date-information

List of Places Undergoing Renovation Works in Japan

Ginza Sony Park

Ginza Sony Park

The first phase of the Ginza Sony Park will open in September 2021 with the second phase debuting in 2025.

東京
サツキとメイの家

サツキとメイの家

Redevelopment has been taking place since July 2020 to help prepare for ongoing construction of Studio Ghibli's planned theme park in Aichi prefecture...

愛知
修学院離宮

修学院離宮

Due to roof maintenance of the Jugetsukan Pavilion, the Lower Villa cannot be seen until March 2021.

京都
厳島神社

厳島神社

5 (口コミ7件)

Beginning in June 2019, the large torii gate of Itsukushima has been undergoing renovations, though a completion date has not been announced.

広島
国立西洋美術館

国立西洋美術館

The National Museum of Western Art is closed due to maintenance until approximately spring of 2022.

東京
延暦寺

延暦寺

The main hall at Enryakuji is undergoing a ten-year program of renovations that began in 2016. The main hall itself can still be entered, though it is..

滋賀
日光東照宮

日光東照宮

4.7 (口コミ7件)

Toshogu Shrine has been undergoing a wide-ranging renovation program since 2007 and is expected to last until March 2024. Works are gradual and isolated..

栃木
熊本城

熊本城

5 (口コミ2件)

As a result of the 2016 earthquake, Kumamoto Castle sustained heavy damage. During the summer of 2021, the inner keep reopened after a 5-year reconstruction..

熊本
道後温泉本館

道後温泉本館

4 (口コミ2件)

Renovation works are being carried out until 2024. During the first phase, two baths on the first floor remain open to the public while the floors above..

愛媛
首里城

首里城

5 (口コミ1件)

A significant number of the castle's main buildings were burnt down in October 2019. The site is closed to the public for the time being, but Shurijo..

沖縄