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Business Hours & Holidays

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Business Hours

  Weekdays Sat. Sun. & National Holidays
Banks (with tellers) 09:00-15:00 closed closed
Post Offices 09:00-17:00 closed closed
Dept. Stores 10:00-20:00 10:00-20:00 10:00-19:30
Shops 10:00-20:00 10:00-20:00 10:00-20:00
Museums 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
Offices 09:00-17:00 closed closed

Some main post offices are open seven days a week.
Most department stores are closed for two to three weekdays a month.
Most museums are closed on Mondays.
These are examples of business hours. There are also facilities with hours not listed in the above, so if there is a facility you plan to go to, please visit their website or contact them by phone for their correct business hours.


National Holidays

Date Name of the Day
January 1st New Year's Holiday
The 2nd Monday of January Coming-of-Age Day
February 11th National Foundation Day
March 20th or March 21st* Vernal Equinox Day
April 29th Showa Day
May 3rd Constitution Memorial Day
May 4th Greenery Day
May 5th Children's Day
The 3rd Monday of July Maritime Day
The 3rd Monday of September Respect for the Aged Day
September 22nd or September 23rd* Autumnal Equinox Day
The 2nd Monday of October Health and Sports Day
November 3rd Culture Day
November 23rd Labor Thanksgiving Day
December 23rd The Emperor's Birthday

Seasonal holidays in Japan that do not need to be on specific dates fall on Monday. There are also long holiday seasons such as the year-end and new-year holidays (the last week of December to the first week of January), Golden Week (the last week of April to the first week of May), and the Bon holiday (mid-August). Traffic and resorts tend to be extremely busy during these times.
*Depending on the year.

ANNUAL EVENTS IN JAPAN [PDF]