National Holidays in Japan 2018-2019

Japanese typically take fewer paid holidays than workers in other countries, but to make up for it, the government provides plenty of statutory days off.

2018

January
Jan 1 (Monday) New Year’s Day (Oshogatsu)
Jan 8 (Monday) Coming of Age Day (Seijin no hi). The day on which 20 year olds get drunk and celebrate the start of adulthood.
February
Feb 11 (Sunday) National Foundation Day (Kenkoku kinen no hi)
March
Mar 21 (Wednesday) Spring Equinox (Shunbun no hi)
April
Apr 29 (Sunday) Showa Day (Showa no hi). The birthday of the Hirohito, the Showa emperor.
May
May 3 (Thursday) Constitution Day
May 4 (Friday) Greenery Day (midori no hi)
May 5 (Saturday) Childrens’ Day (Boys’ Day) (kodomo no hi)
July
July 16 (Monday) Marine Day (umi no hi)
August
August 11 (Saturday) Mountain Day
September
September 17 (Monday) Respect-for-the-Aged Day (keiro no hi)
September 23rd (Sunday) Autumn Equinox
October
October 8 (Monday) Sports Day (taiiku no hi)
November
November 3 (Thursday) Culture Day (bunka no hi)
November 23 (Friday) Labour Thanksgiving Day (kinro kansha no hi).
December
December 23 (Sunday) Emperor’s Birthday (Tenno tanjobi)
December 31 (Monday) New Years Eve (omisoka) (not actually a public holiday)

2019

January
Jan 1 (Tuesday) New Year’s Day (Oshogatsu)
Jan 2 (Wednesday) Day after New Year’s Day
Jan 14 (Monday) Coming of Age Day (Seijin no hi). The day on which 20 year olds get drunk and celebrate the start of adulthood.
February
Feb 11 (Monday) National Foundation Day (Kenkoku kinen no hi)
February 23 (Saturday) Emperor’s Birthday (Tenno tanjobi)
March
Mar 21 (Thursday) Spring Equinox (Shunbun no hi)
April
Apr 29 (Monday) Showa Day (Showa no hi). The birthday of the Hirohito, the Showa emperor.
May
May 3 (Friday) Constitution Day
May 4 (Saturday) Greenery Day (midori no hi)
May 5 (Sunday) Childrens’ Day (Boys’ Day) (kodomo no hi)
July
July 15 (Monday) Marine Day (umi no hi)
August
August 11 (Sunday) Mountain Day
September
September 16 (Monday) Respect-for-the-Aged Day (keiro no hi)
September 23 (Monday) Autumn Equinox
October
October 14 (Monday) Sports Day (taiku no hi)
November
November 3 (Sunday) Culture Day (bunka no hi)
November 23 (Saturday) Labour Thanksgiving Day (kinro kansha no hi).
December
December 31 (Tuesday) New Years Eve (omisoka) (not actually a public holiday)

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