Japan Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Public holidays in Japan were established by the Public Holiday Law of 1948 (as amended)
  • If a Public Holiday falls on a Sunday, the following day is treated as a replacement holiday, except New Year’s Day
  • If Respect the aged day falls on 21 September and Autumnal Equinox falls in 23 September, then 22 September is declared as a holiday, creating “Silver Week“.
  • Silver week is use is refer to consecutive holidays in September, this usually happen every 5-7 years.
  • Golden Week (occurs annually) becomes one of Japan’s three busiest holiday seasons, besides New Year and the Obon week, as there are 4 national holidays within a week
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    DateDayHoliday
    January 2017
    1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Gantan) - New Year's Day marks the beginning of Japan's most important holiday season, the New Year season (正月), which generally refers to the first one, three or seven days of the year.
    9 JanMonComing of Age Day (成人の日) - Established in 1948 as a day to congratulate and encourage people who have reached the age of maturity (20) during the year.
    February 2017
    11 FebSatNational Foundation Day (建国記念の日)- Established in 1966 (and first held in 1967) as a day to reflect on the establishment of the nation and to nurture a love for the country.
    March 2017
    20 MarMonVernal Equinox Day (春分の日) - Established in 1948 as a day for the admiration of nature and the love of living things
    April 2017
    29 AprSatShōwa Day (昭和の日) - Established in 2007 as a day to reflect on the events of the Shōwa period. As the birthday of Hirohito, officially known as Emperor Shōwa, April 29 was originally celebrated as a holiday during his lifetime. Day marks the start of the Golden Week holiday period
    May 2017
    3 MayWedConstitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日) - Established in 1948, to commemorate the day on which Japan's postwar constitution took effect
    4 MayThursGreenery Day (みどりの日) - Celebrated as a day to commune with nature and be grateful for its blessings.
    5 MayFriChildren's Day (こどもの日) - Established in 1948, as a day on which to esteem the personalities of children and plan for their happiness. It is on this day that the Japanese equivalent of the Dragon Boat Festival (端午の節句) is held
    July 2017
    17 JulMonMarine Day (海の日 Umi no Hi) - Established in 1995 (and first held in 1996) as a day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans and for hoping for the prosperity of the maritime nation that is Japan.
    August 2017
    11 AugFriMountain Day (山の日)* - (Established in 2014 (and first held in 2016), as a day on which to appreciate Japan's mountains. It is intended to coincide with the vacation time usually given during the Bon Festival held in mid-August. August 11 or following Monday if it falls on a Sunday)
    September 2017
    18 SeptMonRespect for the Aged Day (敬老の日 Keirō no Hi) - Established in 1966 as a day to respect the elderly and celebrate long life. 3rd Monday of September
    22 SeptFriAutumnal Equinox Day (秋分の日) - Established in 1948 as a day on which to honor one's ancestors and remember the dead. September 23 or September 24
    October 2017
    9 OctMonHealth and Sports Day (体育の日) - Established in 1966 as a day on which to enjoy sports and cultivate a healthy mind and body. 2nd Monday of October
    November 2017
    3 NovFriCulture Day (文化の日) - Recognized as a day to celebrate peace and freedom and promote culture. November 3 or following Monday if it falls on a Sunday
    23 NovThursLabour Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日) - Established in 1948 as an occasion for praising labor, celebrating production and giving one another thanks. November 23 or following Monday if it falls on a Sunday
    December 2017
    23 DecSatThe Emperor's Birthday (天皇誕生日) - In 1989, Emperor Akihito became Japan's 125th emperor)

    DateDayHoliday
    1 JanWedNew Year's Day
    12 JanMonComing of Age Day
    11 FebTueNational Foundation Day
    21 MarFriVernal Equinox Day
    29 AprTueShōwa Day
    3 MaySatConstitution Memorial Day
    5 MayMonChildren's Day
    6 MayTueGreenery Day
    21 JulMonMarine Day
    15 SeptMonRespect for the Aged Day
    23 SeptTueAutumnal Equinox Day
    13 OctMonHealth and Sports Day
    3 NovMonCulture Day
    24 NovMonLabour Thanksgiving Day
    23 DecTueThe Emperor's Birthday

    DateDayHoliday
    1 JanThursNew Year's Day
    12 JanMonComing of Age Day
    11 FebWedNational Foundation Day
    21 MarSatVernal Equinox Day
    29 AprWedShōwa Day
    3 MaySunConstitution Memorial Day
    4 MayMonGreenery Day
    5 MayTueChildren's Day
    20 JulMonMarine Day
    21 SeptMonRespect for the Aged Day
    22 SeptTueNational Holiday / Citizen's Holiday
    23 SeptWedAutumnal Equinox Day
    12 OctMonHealth and Sports Day
    3 NovTueCulture Day
    23 NovMonLabour Thanksgiving Day
    23 DecWedThe Emperor's Birthday

    DateDayHoliday
    1 JanFriNew Year's Day
    11 JanMonComing of Age Day
    11 FebThursNational Foundation Day
    21 MarMonVernal Equinox Day
    29 AprFriShōwa Day
    3 MayTueConstitution Memorial Day
    4 MayWedGreenery Day
    5 MayThursChildren's Day
    18 JulMonMarine Day
    11 AugThursMountain Day *
    19 SeptMonRespect for the Aged Day
    22 SeptThursAutumnal Equinox Day
    10 OctMonHealth and Sports Day
    3 NovThursCulture Day
    23 NovWedLabour Thanksgiving Day
    23 DecFriThe Emperor's Birthday

    DateDayHoliday
    1 JanMonNew Year's Day (Gantan)
    8 JanMonComing of Age Day (Seijin no Hi. 2nd Monday of January)
    11 FebSunNational Foundation Day
    21 MarWedVernal Equinox Day (March 20 or March 21)
    30 AprMonShōwa Day - Observed (Part of Golden Week)
    3 MayThursConstitution Memorial Day (Part of Golden Week)
    4 MayFriGreenery Day (Part of Golden Week)
    5 MaySatChildren's Day (Kodomo no Hi. Part of Golden Week)
    16 JulMonMarine Day (Umi no Hi. 3rd Monday of July)
    11 AugSatMountain Day * (August 11 or following Monday if it falls on a Sunday)
    17 SeptMonRespect for the Aged Day (Keiro no Hi. 3rd Monday of September)
    24 SeptMonAutumnal Equinox Day (September 23 or September 24)
    8 OctMonHealth and Sports Day (Taiiku no Hi. 2nd Monday of October)
    3 NovSatCulture Day (November 3 or following Monday if it falls on a Sunday)
    23 NovFriLabour Thanksgiving Day (November 23 or following Monday if it falls on a Sunday)
    24 DecMonThe Emperor's Birthday (In 1989, Emperor Akihito became Japan's 125th emperor)

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