This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Japan. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 14 Monday Coming of Age Day Public holiday

Japanese holiday to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) and became adults. It's held annually on the second Monday of January

February 11 Monday National Foundation Day Public holiday

Celebrating the foundation of Japan and the accession of its first emperor, Emperor Jimmu at Kashihara gū on 11 February 660 BC

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 3 Sunday Hinamatsuri Observance

A traditional Japanese holiday also is known as Doll's Day or Girls' Day.

March 21 Thursday Vernal Equinox Day Public holiday

It's the holiday celebrating the spring (vernal) equinox. People spend the day with their families and pay homage to the ancestors, visiting their graves. Usually it fall between March 19–22.

April 29 Monday Shōwa Day Public holiday

Shōwa Day honors the birthday of Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito), the reigning emperor from 1926 to 1989.

May 3 Friday Constitution Memorial Day Public holiday

It's a national holiday in Japan which celebrates the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan.

May 4 Saturday Greenery Day Public holiday

It's a national holiday in Japan stems from the celebration of the Emperor Shōwa's birthday. Now it is a day to commune with nature and to be thankful for blessings.

May 5 Sunday Children's Day Public holiday

A day recognised to celebrate children. May 5th in South Korea and Japan

May 6 Monday Children's Day Holiday Public holiday

Additional day-off for the Children's Day.

July 7 Sunday Star Festival Observance

The Japanese festival also often called the "festival of stars". The date of Tanabata varies depending on the region of the country (in the period from July to August.), but the first celebrations begin on July 7 in the Gregorian calendar.

July 15 Monday Sea Day Public holiday

Japanese national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July 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 11 Sunday Mountain Day Public holiday

The holiday is to provide opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.

August 12 Monday Mountain Day Holiday Public holiday

When the Mountain Day falls on a Sunday, an additional day-off will be on Monday after the weekend.

September 16 Monday Respect for the Aged Day Public holiday

A Japanese designated public holiday to honor elderly citizens. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in September.

September 23 Monday Autumn Equinox Public holiday

Commemorates the autumnal equinox

October 14 Monday Sports Day Public holiday

Commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and also the promotion of sports and an active lifestyle. Falls in the second Monday in October. For 2020 only, Sports Day will be held on July 24, to coincide with the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

November 3 Sunday Culture Day Public holiday

A national holiday held for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavor. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.

November 4 Monday Culture Day Holiday Public holiday

When the Culture Day falls on a Sunday, an additional day-off will be on Monday after the weekend.

November 15 Friday 7-5-3 Day Observance

Traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys

November 23 Saturday Labor Thanksgiving Day Public holiday

Commemorates labor and production and giving one another thanks; formerly a harvest festival

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Observance

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Countries such as Japan or China, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas trees.

Holidays in Japan in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Japan. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 14 Monday Coming of Age Day Public holiday

Japanese holiday to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) and became adults. It's held annually on the second Monday of January

February 11 Monday National Foundation Day Public holiday

Celebrating the foundation of Japan and the accession of its first emperor, Emperor Jimmu at Kashihara gū on 11 February 660 BC

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 3 Sunday Hinamatsuri Observance

A traditional Japanese holiday also is known as Doll's Day or Girls' Day.

March 21 Thursday Vernal Equinox Day Public holiday

It's the holiday celebrating the spring (vernal) equinox. People spend the day with their families and pay homage to the ancestors, visiting their graves. Usually it fall between March 19–22.

April 29 Monday Shōwa Day Public holiday

Shōwa Day honors the birthday of Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito), the reigning emperor from 1926 to 1989.

May 3 Friday Constitution Memorial Day Public holiday

It's a national holiday in Japan which celebrates the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan.

May 4 Saturday Greenery Day Public holiday

It's a national holiday in Japan stems from the celebration of the Emperor Shōwa's birthday. Now it is a day to commune with nature and to be thankful for blessings.

May 5 Sunday Children's Day Public holiday

A day recognised to celebrate children. May 5th in South Korea and Japan

May 6 Monday Children's Day Holiday Public holiday

Additional day-off for the Children's Day.

July 7 Sunday Star Festival Observance

The Japanese festival also often called the "festival of stars". The date of Tanabata varies depending on the region of the country (in the period from July to August.), but the first celebrations begin on July 7 in the Gregorian calendar.

July 15 Monday Sea Day Public holiday

Japanese national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July 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 11 Sunday Mountain Day Public holiday

The holiday is to provide opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.

August 12 Monday Mountain Day Holiday Public holiday

When the Mountain Day falls on a Sunday, an additional day-off will be on Monday after the weekend.

September 16 Monday Respect for the Aged Day Public holiday

A Japanese designated public holiday to honor elderly citizens. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in September.

September 23 Monday Autumn Equinox Public holiday

Commemorates the autumnal equinox

October 14 Monday Sports Day Public holiday

Commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and also the promotion of sports and an active lifestyle. Falls in the second Monday in October. For 2020 only, Sports Day will be held on July 24, to coincide with the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

November 3 Sunday Culture Day Public holiday

A national holiday held for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavor. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.

November 4 Monday Culture Day Holiday Public holiday

When the Culture Day falls on a Sunday, an additional day-off will be on Monday after the weekend.

November 15 Friday 7-5-3 Day Observance

Traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys

November 23 Saturday Labor Thanksgiving Day Public holiday

Commemorates labor and production and giving one another thanks; formerly a harvest festival

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Observance

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Countries such as Japan or China, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas trees.

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