Translated by Greg
Sightseeing Spots In Japan Under Renovation In 2019 - Know Before You Visit
Temples, shrines, castles, and other major sightseeing spots undergo periodic repairs and renovation in Japan. This article introduces Kiyomizudera Temple and other locations that are under construction in 2019, how much repair work is being done, and how long the renovations will last.
Written by TeiChayangkul
Major Japanese Sightseeing Locations Undergoing Repairs
People traveling in Japan may be disappointed when a restaurant or museum they want to go to is closed or out of business. Perhaps even more disappointing is visiting famous sightseeing destination, only to discover it is under construction.
Renovations and repair work throughout Japan at train stations and major destinations in preparation for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is currently being carried out.
This article has a list of famous sightseeing spots in Japan that are under repair in 2019.
Most destinations are only under partial renovation. Even though you might not be able to view the buildings or structures up close or go inside, many places are still worth visiting. Visitors can also see large-scale structures, such as castles, during the renovation process and observe Japan's traditional wood building techniques.
Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto
For the first time in fifty years, Kyoto's famous, World Heritage Site-designated Kiyomizudera Temple is having the roof of its main hall replaced.
Most of the building is covered under construction sheets, but visitors can still enter the structure and grounds with over 1,200 years of history.
Expected completion date: March 2020
Admission information: Part of the complex is covered with sheets, but admission is available as usual.
|Address||Kyoto, Higashiyama, Kiyomizu 1-294|
|Business Time||6:00-18:00 *Depending on the season, closing times can sometimes be around 17:30 or 18:30. On December 31, evening visits are possible starting from 22:00.|
|Accepted Credit Cards||-__|
|Nearest station||Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, Keihan line|
|Access||25 minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station|
|Price||Entrance fee - high school age and over 400 yen, junior high age and under 200 yen|
Nagoya Castle was built by the general Tokugawa Ieyasu and is designated as a National Historic Site for its prominence during the Edo period (1603 - 1868). It is one of the most well-regarded castles in Japan and is a must-see in Nagoya.
As of 2019, the castle keep is under reinforcement renovation. Visitors cannot enter the keep, but there are many things to see still, including Honmaru Palace.
Also, during the last one to two weeks in March, the castle becomes painted in a beautiful delicate pink from the blooming cherry blossoms.
Expected completion date: 2022
Admission information: Visitors can enter the general castle area, but the castle keep is currently closed.
|Address||Nagoya, Naka, Honmaru 1-1|
|Business Time||9:00-16:30 (Entrance closes at 16:00.)
*Please note that the tower keep is currently closed.
|Fixed holidays||From December 29 to January 1.
(The date will change according to special events.)
|Accepted Credit Cards||VISA,MASTER,JCB,American Express,Diners Club,銀聯Card,Other|
|Languages||Japanese and English.|
|Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages||English/Chinese/Korean|
|Nearest station||Shiyakusho Station (Meijo Subway Line)|
|Access||Five minute walk from Exit 7 of Shiyakusho Station.
Or take Me-guru, a Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus.
|Price||Adults: 500 yen
There is no admission fee for junior high school
students and under.
|Telephone number||+81-52-231-1700 (Japanese/English)|
Nagoya TV Tower
Since January 7, 2019, Nagoya TV Tower, Japan's first consolidated radio tower, has been under general renovation and necessary construction to meet higher earthquake-resistant standards.
The entire area, including the nearby park, is currently under renovations.
Instead of the tower, visitors can go to Oasis 21, an ideal area for strolls and taking photos. From Oasis 21, you can capture a great picture of Nagoya TV Tower and its surroundings. Please note that the tower is not lit up at night, so take a photo during the day.
Expected completion date: Summer 2020 (between July and September)
Admission information: Both the tower and the nearby Hisaya-odori Park are closed to visitors.
|Address||Nagoya, Naka, Nishiki 3-6-15|
|Business Time||Currently closed for renovations. It is slated to re-open in 2020.|
|Accepted Credit Cards||Not Available|
|Nearest station||Sakae Station or Hisaya-odori Station|
|Access||Just 3 minutes on foot from either Sakae Station or Hisaya-odori Station.|
|Website||Nagoya TV Tower|
A large-scale earthquake occurred in 2016 in the area. The castle, including the keep and grounds, suffered significant damage, so the structure is currently undergoing extensive restoration work.
Presently, visitors are limited to strolls along the walking route surrounding the castle. However, in fall 2019, part of the castle grounds will be open, allowing for a close-up look at the restoration work.
For details, please check the schedule below.
Expected completion date: The castle keep is estimated to be finished in 2021.
Admission information: Visitors are free to walk outside the castle area. (castle guide)
Upon completion, a route around the outside of the castle keep will be open on Sundays and national holidays (October 5-14, 2019, open daily). However, entry inside the keep will be off limits.
A special passage for tours will be open.
Upon completion of the castle keep restoration, the castle will be open to the public.
For details, see the official castle homepage
|Address||Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Chuo, Honmaru 1-1|
|Business Time||The area from Sakura no Baba Josaien to Ninomaru Parking Lot is open from 8:00 - 24:00. Entrance to other areas is prohibited. * Kumamoto Castle received enormous damage from the April 2016 earthquakes. Currently, many of its areas cannot be entered, but Ninomaru Plaza, Kato Shrine, and the nearby castle keep and towers can be visited.|
|Accepted Credit Cards||Not Available|
|Nearest station||Kumamoto Castle/Shiyakusho-mae stop (Kumamoto Streetcar A Line)|
|Access||Take the Kumamoto Streetcar A Line from Kumamoto Eki-mae Station located immediately outside JR Kumamoto Station for 15 minutes, then exit at the Kumamoto Castle/Shiyakusho-mae stop (170 yen). Walk for 5 minutes|
Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima
The image of a large, vermilion-colored torii gate (pictured above) standing majestically in the water is symbolic to Itsukushima Shrine in the Miyajima area in Hiroshima Prefecture.
The gate's position in the water has led to natural erosion over time from the salt water. As a result, the gate is subject to periodic restoration work. The renovation includes repainting and repairing the damaged areas, as well as replacing the gate's roof.
Schedule: Restoration work begins June 17, 2019. The completion date is undetermined.
Admission information: Admission is unaffected.
|Address||Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima１−１|
|Business Time||January 1 0:00 - 18:30
January 2 6:30 - 18:30
January 4- February 06:30 - 17:30
March 1-October 14 06:30 - 18:00
October 15-November 30 06:30 - 17:30
December 1-31 06:30 - 17:00
|Accepted Credit Cards||Not Available|
|Price||Adults 300 yen, High school students 200 yen, Elementary & Junior high students 100 yen.|
Famous Sightseeing Spots Offer Visitors Some Never Before Seen Views
Visiting Japan when landmark sites are under construction can be disappointing, but in most cases, the restoration is only partial and has a minor impact on the sightseeing experience.
It can be an ideal opportunity to get an inside perspective on the renovation and construction work needed to preserve these world-famous sites.