In light of the recent Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, Tokyo has taken several preventative measures to inhibit the spread of the virus by temporarily closing schools, cancelling large-scale events (including two cherry blossom festivals) and shutting down major attractions for a period of two weeks. Furthermore, a number of department stores have announced a change in opening hours for the month of March 2020 as a precaution to protect shoppers as well as store employees.
While the opening hours have only been shortened by a small amount, it’s best to keep the time changes in mind so you’re not left hanging should you decide to window shop high-end brands or have a gander at the myriad of food stands in the depachika.
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Until further notice, Daimaru Tokyo will operate from 10am-8pm (usual hours 10am-9pm) except on Thursdays and Fridays.
Until further notice, Ginza Six will operate from 11am-7pm (usual hours 10.30am-8.30pm). The building's restaurants will be open during regular business hours from 11am-11pm.
Until April 3, Ginza Mitsukoshi will be open from 11am-7pm on weekdays. The store will operate as usual on weekends from 10am-8pm.
Until April 2, Matusya Ginza will operate from 11am-7pm (normal hours 10am-8pm).
Until April 5, Wako will operate from 11am-7pm (usual hours 10.30am-7pm).
Until April 14, Matsuzakaya Ueno will operate daily from 11am-7pm (usual hours 10am-8pm).
Until April 12, Shibuya Scramble Square will operate from 11am-9pm. The building's observation deck, Shibuya Sky, will also operate on shorter hours from 11am-9pm. The building's restaurants are open during normal business hours (12F 11am-11pm, 13F 11am-12midnight).
Until further notice, Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. will operate from 10.30am-8pm. The original Takashimaya building adjacent to Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. will operate as per usual (10.30am-7.30pm).
Until further notice, Takashimaya Shinjuku will now operate from 11am-8pm (regular hours 10am-8pm).
Until April 3, Isetan Shinjuku will operate from 11am-7pm (usual hours 10am-8pm).
Until April 3, Isetan Men's will operate from 11am-7pm (usual hours 10am-8pm).
Until further notice, Shibuya 109 will operate from 11am-9pm daily. The store will be open during normal hours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (10am-9pm).
Until further notice, Magnet by Shibuya 109 will operate from 11am-9pm daily. The store will be open during normal hours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (10am-9pm).
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