Japan Government Masking Recommendations
- Masks not necessary unless in close proximity to others.
- However, most Japanese wear masks when they’re outside.
- Masks recommended unless you are more than two meters (six feet) from other people and not talking.
- However, almost all Japanese wear masks when indoors.
On Public Transport
- Masks recommended.
Commentary by Chris
Foreign visitors to Japan may be surprised at the mask situation in Japan: Most Japanese faithfully mask up both indoors and out, whether or not they are near other people. The government has been trying to change this habit. Months ago, they announced that it wasn’t necessary to mask outdoors unless you’re very close to other people. And, more recently, they announced that you could remove your mask when indoors if you’re not talking and at least two meters from others.
But government policy and social customs are two different things. Japanese don’t usually care if you go maskless outside, but if you remove your mask indoors – even when it’s okay to do so according to the regulations – be prepared to get a lot of nasty looks from the Japanese people around you.
Where Are These Places Located?See these places on the Inside Osaka Google map:
- Open the Osaka map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
Osaka Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Osaka guide
- Check Osaka 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 Osaka
- You can buy a Japan SIM card online for collection on arrival at Osaka's Kansai International Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router
- View my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Compare flight prices and timings to find the best Japan flight deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with the Japan Rail Pass – here's why it's worth it
- Get a prepaid Icoca card to make travelling around Osaka easy – here's how
- Find out why travel insurance for Japan is essential – World Nomads is well-regarded