Universal Studios Japan Closes Again

April 23, 2021, 11:31 AM · Due to rising numbers of Covid cases in the Osaka area, Universal Studios Japan has been forced to close again, for an indefinite period.

Universal's most-visited theme park will close starting April 25 and will remain closed until further notice.

"We sincerely apologize for causing any inconvenience to our guests who were looking forward to visiting us. Detailed instructions regarding previously purchased tickets will be listed on our official website tonight," the park said in a press release.

The closure is in compliance with a state of emergency for Osaka prefecture, where Universal Studios Japan is located.

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Replies (5)

April 23, 2021 at 11:52 AM

I've been thinking about this. Do you all think the country is being extra cautious about this because of the Olympics? I mean Covid could care less about any of this but maybe Japan is being to cautious in order to get the Olympics underway and over with. I feel other nations, including in Asia, are being a bit more liberal when it comes to Covid precautions similar to what is going on here in the U.S. I could be wrong and Japan really is going through a nasty spike but I can't help but think the olympics have something to do with this.

April 23, 2021 at 12:28 PM

I don’t think so Manny. The numbers are clearly soaring in Japan again, and could outstrip that December peak


This, and India, is what complacency buys you. Keep wearing your mask and keep distancing. Let’s not lose before we’ve won.

April 23, 2021 at 2:50 PM

Thanks Chad, well said.

April 23, 2021 at 4:19 PM

I think it's also because Japan currently has the lowest vaccination rate in the G7. Their vaccine rollout is not going super well and I'm sure their being extra cautious because of the Olympics coming up.

April 24, 2021 at 1:02 PM

I think a combo of Olympics but also slow vaccines in Japan and the nation has had issues (a culture emphasizing work/busy nightlife/a packed population on an island) so while they seemed okay for a bit, a new surge starting up.

Now serious concern if Olympics are going to be postponed again as Japan seems slower than expected getting their rollouts going.

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