Japan National Holidays

National/ public holidays system in Japan

On average, there are around 15 public holidays a year in Japan.

There are four national holidays: Coming of age day; Marine day; Respect of the Aged day; Health-Sports day which are scheduled to come on Mondays so the date is subject to change every year.

If any of the remaining national holidays fall on a Sunday, the holiday will be moved to the following Monday.

 

Japan national holidays in 2020

1/1            First Day of the Year

1/13          Coming of Age Day

2/11          National Foundation Day

2/24          The Emperor’s Birthday

3/20          Vernal Equinox Day

4/29          Showa Day

5/4            Greenery Day

5/5            Children’s Day

5/6            Constitution Memorial Day

7/23          Marine Day

7/24          Health-Sports Day

8/10          Mountain Day 

9/21          Respect of the Aged Day

9/22          Autumn Equinox

11/3          Culture Day

11/23        Labour Thanksgiving Day

Japan national holidays in 2021

1/1            First Day of the Year

1/11          Coming of Age Day

2/11          National Foundation Day

2/23          The Emperor’s Birthday

3/20          Vernal Equinox Day

4/29          Showa Day

5/3            Constitution Memorial Day

5/4            Greenery Day

5/5            Children’s Day

7/19          Marine Day

8/10          Mountain Day 

9/20          Respect of the Aged Day

9/23          Autumn Equinox

10/11        Health-Sports Day

11/3          Culture Day

11/23        Labour Thanksgiving Day

 

Other significant holidays in Japan

In Japan, there are 3 main holidays throughout the year.  New Year holidays, Golden week and “Obon”.

– The Japanese New Year celebrated on 1st January is the most important holiday of the year. Companies in Japan usually close their offices for about a week, around 3 days prior to the New Year and 3 days after the New Year.

– Golden week is a period when there are three consecutive national holidays. Many employees in Japan combine their paid vacations days with the national holidays and take a week long vacation.

-“Obon” is a Buddhist festival period in August and many Japanese companies give their employees additional paid vacation days during this period.