School and National Holidays

The following national holidays are observed in Japan. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following day is treated as a holiday. If a day falls between two holidays then it too is treated as national holiday. There are a number of traditional holiday periods in Japan when the whole country seems to be on the move and many smaller shops and businesses are closed. It is best to avoid travelling during these peak periods.

National Holidays

Name of holiday Date
Japanese English  
Ganjitsu New Year's Day Jan 1
Seijin no Hi

Coming of Age Day

Kenkoku Kinen Bi National Foundation Day Feb11
Shunbun no Hi Vernal Equinox Day **
Midori no Hi Greenery Day Apr 29
Kempo Kinen Bi Constitution Memorial Day May 3
Kokumin no Shukujitsu (Adjoining holiday between
the two holidays)
May 4
Kodomo no Hi Children's Day May 5
Umi no Hi Marine Day July 21
Keiro no Hi Respect-for-the-Aged Day Sep 15
Shuubun no Hi Autumnal Equinox Day **
Taiiku no Hi Sports Day ***
Bunka no Hi Culture Day Nov 3
Kinro Kansha no Hi Labor Thanksgiving Day Nov 23
Tenno Tanjo Bi The Emperor's Birthday Dec 23

* The second Monday in January.
** Equinox date varies between March 19 - 21
(Shunbun no Hi), and September 21 - 25 (Shuubun no Hi).
*** The second Monday in October.

For information on what is open on National Holidays,
see Banking & Business Hours.

School Holidays
School holidays in Japan usually take place from the end of March through the beginning of April, from the end of July until the end of August, and over the New Year period from 24 December to 7 January.

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  Information provided by Japan National Tourist Organization.


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