On average, there are around 15 National 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.
1/1 First Day of the Year
1/10 Coming of Age Day
2/11 National Foundation Day
2/23 The Emperor’s Birthday
3/21 Vernal Equinox Day
4/29 Showa Day
5/3 Constitution Memorial Day
5/4 Greenery Day
5/5 Children’s Day
7/18 Marine Day
8/11 Mountain Day
9/19 Respect of the Aged Day
9/23 Autumn Equinox
10/10 Health-Sports Day
11/3 Culture Day
11/23 Labour Thanksgiving Day
The dates in this table are an estimate. We will update this page once the official public holiday dates for 2022 are released.
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.