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 Wednesday New Year's Day Public holiday

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

January 13 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 Tuesday 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 Friday St. Valentine's Day Observance

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

February 23 Sunday Emperor's Birthday Public holiday

Celebration of the birthday of the reigning Emperor, which is currently 23 December, ( Emperor Akihito's birthday). Akihito is due to retire on 30 April 2019, meaning that the holiday will not be observed in 2019, and its next celebration will be on the birthday of Crown Prince Naruhito (23 February 2020).

February 24 Monday Emperor's Birthday Holiday Public holiday

When the Emperor's Birthdayfalls on a weekend, an additional day-off will be on Monday after the weekend.

March 3 Tuesday Hinamatsuri Observance

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

March 20 Friday 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 Wednesday Shōwa Day Public holiday

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

May 3 Sunday Constitution Memorial Day Public holiday

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

May 4 Monday 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 Tuesday Children's Day Public holiday

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

May 6 Wednesday Constitution Memorial Day Holiday Public holiday

Additional day-off for the Constitution Memorial Day.

July 7 Tuesday 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 23 Thursday 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.

July 24 Friday 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.

August 11 Tuesday Mountain Day Public holiday

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

September 21 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 22 Tuesday Autumn Equinox Public holiday

Commemorates the autumnal equinox

November 3 Tuesday 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 15 Sunday 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 Monday Labor Thanksgiving Day Public holiday

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

December 25 Friday 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 2020

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 Wednesday New Year's Day Public holiday

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

January 13 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 Tuesday 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 Friday St. Valentine's Day Observance

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

February 23 Sunday Emperor's Birthday Public holiday

Celebration of the birthday of the reigning Emperor, which is currently 23 December, ( Emperor Akihito's birthday). Akihito is due to retire on 30 April 2019, meaning that the holiday will not be observed in 2019, and its next celebration will be on the birthday of Crown Prince Naruhito (23 February 2020).

February 24 Monday Emperor's Birthday Holiday Public holiday

When the Emperor's Birthdayfalls on a weekend, an additional day-off will be on Monday after the weekend.

March 3 Tuesday Hinamatsuri Observance

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

March 20 Friday 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 Wednesday Shōwa Day Public holiday

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

May 3 Sunday Constitution Memorial Day Public holiday

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

May 4 Monday 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 Tuesday Children's Day Public holiday

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

May 6 Wednesday Constitution Memorial Day Holiday Public holiday

Additional day-off for the Constitution Memorial Day.

July 7 Tuesday 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 23 Thursday 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.

July 24 Friday 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.

August 11 Tuesday Mountain Day Public holiday

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

September 21 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 22 Tuesday Autumn Equinox Public holiday

Commemorates the autumnal equinox

November 3 Tuesday 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 15 Sunday 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 Monday Labor Thanksgiving Day Public holiday

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

December 25 Friday 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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