Safety Measures in Japan to Curb the Spread of the Coronavirus

The Japanese government has recommended avoiding the "three Cs as part of their anti-coronavirus strategy. The three Cs are: poorly-ventilated "closed spaces" "crowded places", where many people gather; and "close-contact settings", where people converse up close. Situations where these three conditions are present should be avoided. This page will inform you on the specific steps Japanese businesses are taking to follow the government's calls and ensure public health and safety in the face of the coronavirus.

How Japanese Businesses Are Combating the Coronavirus

Browsing for souvenirs and unique local items is an unmissable part of any trip. Let's look at the health and safety measures, like sanitation and ventilation, in place at busy shopping areas.


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A major shopping mall with a view of Sakurajima, the well-known symbol of Kagoshima. One of Kagoshima's largest shopping centers with approximately 200 specialty stores including restaurants. The free parking lot has a capacity of 4,000, and includes an EV charging station that can charge up to 10 cars simultaneously. Open all year.


■ Health and Safety Measures

186 stores in the mall (as of December 10, 2020) have stickers declaring that they are implementing COVID-19 prevention measures, following the Kagoshima Prefectural Government's initiative to identify facilities and restaurants that custome... Read More


■ Special Offer

A "Tuesday Market" with special deals is held every Tuesday

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AEON MALL KYOTO is a large shopping center located a 5-minute walk from the Hachijo Exit of Kyoto Station. It gathers together 130 stores, making it the largest commercial facility near Kyoto Station, so stop by if you’re looking for a place to eat or buy souvenirs!


■ Health and Safety Measures

They are conducting the following coronavirus prevention measures: ① Staff members get health checks, including temperature checks, every day. ② Alcohol disinfectant has been placed by all entrances and exits. ③ Surfaces that customers fr... Read More


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Ario is a large-scale shopping mall chain featuring Ito-Yokado brand supermarkets as well as various specialty stores. It operates 18 branches, not just in major tourist destinations like Tokyo, Osaka, and Sapporo, but also in cities like Okayama and Sendai. These shopping malls provide fun for adults and kids alike, including food, shopping, and entertainment.


■ Health and Safety Measures

With the reopening of their shopping centers, Ario is undertaking numerous efforts to promote social distancing and avoid the three C’s in order to prevent infections and ensure customers’ safety and peace of mind. Some examples of these mea... Read More


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EDION Namba Main Store, with 1 floor underground and 9 floors above ground, is the largest store in the EDION chain. It’s well known for its many products and stellar customer service. With a tourist information center and the NINJA facility, whatever you need, you can always find it there.


■ Health and Safety Measures

Wearing of masks regular health checks, setting hand sanitizers throughout the premises, installing plastic covers thorough cleaning of the store and social distancing *As of July 21, 2020


■ Special Offer

Tell them that you saw the “Traveling Safely in Japan” page to receive 10% off at the NINJA facility (8F).

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Ito-Yokado

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Founded in 1920, Ito-Yokado has about 130 locations, including those in Hokkaido, Tokyo, and Osaka. This department store chain conveniently gathers everything tourists might need in one place, from travel necessities to souvenirs. You’ll find anything and everything, including Japanese brand makeup and desserts, as well as Japanese culinary staples like sushi and tempura.


■ Health and Safety Measures

In addition to offering alcohol hand disinfectant to customers, surfaces such as shopping baskets and escalator handrails are thoroughly disinfected. Staff members follow several measures to prevent infection, from wearing masks to checking... Read More


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This department store connected directly to Kyoto Station offers everything from the latest fashion to popular cosmetics, wagashi (traditional Japanese confections), matcha (green tea), fruit, and traditional crafts from long-established Kyoto shops. You will find the same kind of variety in the restaurant area, where guests can enjoy sukiyaki, tempura, tonkatsu, and so on. For the ultimate shopping experience, visit JR Kyoto Isetan today.Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the complex.


■ Health and Safety Measures

1. Store Health Initiatives - Regular disinfection of entrances and exits, escalators, elevators, shopping baskets, carts, and other areas/items that customers frequently come into physical contact with - Marked lines to help customers kee... Read More


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Introducing the Guest Card, which gets you a 5% discount on your shopping! Please apply at the tax-exemption counter. * This offer is only available to foreign tourists in Japan and other non-residents. Please bring your passport. * Some items are not covered by the promotion.

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A major convenience store chain in Japan. You can find all variety of lifestyle goods here, including groceries and household goods. In particular, Lawson Original Sweets allows you to enjoy top-class desserts on a whim; every new item release becomes the talk of the town.


■ Health and Safety Measures

• Vinyl sheet installed at cash registers to prevent droplet infections • Use of masks by staff members • Alcohol disinfectant is available • During payments, change is exchanged with a tray rather than handed directly • Improving ventil... Read More


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Kyushu's largest outlet mall. Located a 30-minute drive from central Fukuoka. The mall houses over 160 establishments, including retail shops, cafes, restaurants, and entertainment facilities, allowing for a full day of fun.


■ Health and Safety Measures

Marinoa City Fukuoka has implemented the following coronavirus prevention measures to ensure that patrons can visit the establishment without worry. ・Hand sanitizing stations have been set up ・Employees must wear masks ・Vinyl curtains hav... Read More


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The first Korean fashion specialty store in Okinawa. This is the only store in Okinawa that offers the latest trends in clothing, as well as the only place where you can find select Korean brands. The store is completely decked out in pink, making for a fantastic photo spot. It's full of items that deserve a look while you're out sightseeing!


■ Health and Safety Measures

1. Alcohol dispensers are set up at the store entrance 2. Store is disinfected with alcohol every day 3. Acrylic panels are set up at the register 4. All staff wear masks 5. The door is always opened to allow for proper ventilation The ... Read More


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Takashimaya

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One of Japan’s most iconic department stores, Takashimaya traces its origins to Kyoto in 1831. Today it operates 17 stores throughout the country, including Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, and Kyoto, each offering everything from foods such as freshly-made side dishes, desserts, and sake to the latest fashion items. In Osaka, you will find the Takashima Archives, where you can find exhibits on the history and culture of Japanese department stores. Entrance is free.


■ Health and Safety Measures

To ensure your peace of mind while shopping, Takashimaya is undertaking the following: ・Employees maintain rigorous health standards (including a daily temperature check, wearing masks, and regularly washing and disinfecting their hands). ... Read More


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A high-class underground shopping street inspired by 19th-century European design, with cobblestone floors and arabesque designs on the ceiling. It is filled with everything from fashion shops to gourmet restaurants.


■ Health and Safety Measures

[Thorough Cleaning/Disinfection/Air Circulation] ・Handrails, doorknobs, and so on are regularly disinfected ・Air inside the facility is thoroughly ventilated [Disinfectant Availability] ・Hand sanitizer is available in all restrooms [Emp... Read More


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TOKYU HANDS

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Tokyu Hands gathers a wide range of convenient, talked-about, and longtime best-selling items from both within and outside of Japan. You will find items in categories such as beauty, stationery, kitchen, DIY, and travel goods. They make connections between customers and all sorts of items, ideas, and people.


■ Health and Safety Measures

Requests for customers: • Please observe cough etiquette, wear a mask, and use the available alcohol hand sanitizer • There may be entry restrictions depending on the situation • Please enter the store in small groups • When lining up at... Read More


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