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Business Hours & Holidays

Business Hours & Holidays

The business hours of banks, post offices, department stores, as well as museums, parks and other public services and spaces in Japan may differ from that of your home country. These business hours will also vary throughout the country.

Below is a rough guide to some of the more general businesses and services. However, make sure to check the individual websites for the opening hours of the places or facilities that you are planning to visit.

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

Holidays in Japan

Along with regular national holidays, there are longer holiday periods when almost the whole nation takes time off from the office and heads to the beaches, mountains, or back to family homes. The last week of December into the first week of January, Golden Week—a few days at the end of April into May—and the Obon holiday in mid-August are three of the main holiday periods. Many businesses are closed during the few days surrounding New Years. Golden Week sees a lot of both domestic and international travel, while during Obon many Japanese head to their family homes in more rural parts of the country.

Traffic and resorts tend to be extremely busy during these times, so make sure to book any tickets or hotels in advance. Generally, the shinkansen, express trains, night-buses, and other forms of long-distance transportation can often be booked just one month in advance of the date you wish to travel, meaning a mad scramble as people try to get hold of tickets for the first day of the holidays. Be sure to research thoroughly and make the necessary arrangements.

The dates on this calendar are bank holidays, so be aware of closures and crowded transportation. For more culturally and spiritually significant days, look up regional festivals and events.

List of 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
February 23rd The Emperor's Birthday
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 Marine 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

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