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

Dogo Onsen Honkan

Dogo Onsen Honkan

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..

Ehime
Enryaku-ji Temple

Enryaku-ji Temple

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..

Shiga
Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine

5 (6Reviews)

Beginning in June 2019, the large torii gate of Itsukushima will be covered for renovations until sometime in 2020.

Hiroshima
Kintai Bridge

Kintai Bridge

5 (1Review)

From December 2nd 2019, until March 16th 2020, the Kintai Bridge has been undergoing renovation works. Visits are largely unaffected and it is still possible..

Yamaguchi
Kita Noh Theatre

Kita Noh Theatre

Events at this attraction are canceled as part of a nationwide drive to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19 disease).

Tokyo
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4.6 (8Reviews)

During the summer of 2020, the Main Hall's stage floorboards will be undergoing replacement works. However, visitors can still enter the Main Hall..

Kyoto
Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle

As a result of the April 2016 earthquake, Kumamoto Castle sustained heavy damage. While the inner grounds remain closed for renovation, the fortress can..

Kumamoto
Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle

3.5 (2Reviews)

Nagoya Castle's main concrete keep is to be reconstructed until sometime in 2022 and cannot be entered anymore. Demolition of the keep is expected f..

Aichi
Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

4.6 (5Reviews)

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..

Tochigi
Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

4.1 (14Reviews)

The iconic large lantern at the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) entrance of Sensoji Temple has been temporarily removed for repair until April 17th (planned)...

Tokyo
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