On March 13, Japan dropped the indoor masking recommendation. So, you no longer need to mask up in shops, restaurants, attractions, on public transport etc. Notably, Japan’s airlines also dropped their masking recommendation, so you no longer need to mask up on Japanese airlines flying to/from Japan or within Japan (most foreign carriers dropped their mask requirements several months ago).
The government still allows individual businesses to ask their customers to mask, so don’t be surprised if you’re asked to mask in a restaurant or small shop. You might carry a mask for such occasions, but shops that ask their customers to mask will likely have a box of masks on hand.
Commentary by Chris
While the Japanese government dropped the indoor masking recommendation on March 13, you might be surprised to see many Japanese wearing masks both indoors and out. And you may hear announcements on some forms of public transport recommending that you wear a mask during crowded times. But, apart from the odd restaurant or shop, you no longer have to wear a mask anywhere in Japan, and that includes public transport. The only place where you are really likely to be asked to mask is at a hospital or clinic.
Tokyo Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Tokyo guide
- Check Tokyo accommodation availability and pricing on Booking.com – usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Tokyo
- You can buy a Japan SIM card online for collection on arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda airports. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Compare airline flight prices and timings for the best Japan flight deals. Check my guides to arriving at Narita Airport and at Haneda Airport.
- If you're visiting more than one city, you might save money with a Japan Rail Pass – see if it's worth it for you
- A prepaid Suica card makes travelling around Tokyo much easier - here's how
- World Nomads offers simple and flexible travel insurance. Buy at home or while traveling and claim online from anywhere in the world