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 2017

1/1           First Day of the Year

1/2          New Year’s Day (Substitution of 1/1)

1/9          Coming of Age Day

2/11         National Foundation Day

3/20        Spring Equinox

4/29        Showa Day

5/3          Constitution Day

5/4          “Green Day”

5/5          Children Day

7/17        Marine Day

8/11        Mountain Day

9/18        Respect of the Aged Day

9/23        Autumn Equinox

10/9        Health-Sports Day

11/3         Culture Day

11/23       Labor Thanksgiving Day

12/23       Emperor’s Birthday

Japan national holidays in 2018

1/1            First Day of the Year

1/8           Coming of Age Day

2/11          National Foundation Day

2/12          National Foundation Day (Subustition of 2/11)

3/21          Spring Equinox

4/29         Showa Day

4/30         Showa Day (Substition of 4/29)

5/3            Constitution Day

5/4            “Green Day”

5/5            Children Day

7/16          Marine Day

8/11          Mountain Day

9/17          Respect of the Aged Day

9/23         Autumn Equinox

9/24         Autumn Equinox (Substition of 9/23)

10/8         Health-Sports Day

11/3          Culture Day

11/23        Labor Thanksgiving Day

12/23        Emperor’s Birthday

12/24        Emperor’s Birthday (Substition of 12/23)

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.