Public holidays in Japan 2018-2022

In Japan, unlike many other Asian countries, the Gregorian calendar is almost exclusively valid. Even the "Setsubun" (beginning of spring), originally aligned to the lunar calendar, is regularly placed here on February 3.

There are hardly any remnants of the lunar calendar in Japan until 1873. Christian holidays such as Christmas or Easter are understandably rare. Christmas is well known in Japan, but it is not a legal holiday.

Public holidays actually mean a day off. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a day off.

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Non-movable holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

New Year's DayJan 1
SetsubunFeb 3
Founding DayFeb 11
Doll FestivalMar 3
Beginning of springMar 21
Birthday of the Shōwa EmperorApr 29
Constitution DayMay 3
Day of GreenMay 4
Children's DayMay 5
Remembrance Day Irei no hi (Okinawa only)Jun 23
Star Festival TanabataJul 7
Day of the MountainsAug 11
O-bonAug 13
Beginning of autumnSep 22
Day of CultureNov 3
Seven-Five-ThreeNov 15
Labor Thanks DayNov 23
Birthday of the EmperorDec 23
ChirstmasDec 25

Movable Holidays in Japan

Adult's DayJan 8Jan 14Jan 13Jan 11Jan 10
Mother's DayMay 13May 12May 10May 9May 8
Father's DayJun 17Jun 16Jun 21Jun 20Jun 19
Day of the SeaJul 16Jul 15Jul 20Jul 19Jul 18
Day of honouring the elderlySep 17Sep 16Sep 21Sep 20Sep 19
Day of SportsOct 8Oct 14Oct 12Oct 11Oct 10

Movable holidays with (so far and for us) uncalculatable dates:

Cherry Blossom Festivalmehrere Tage im März, je nach Region und Wetter unterschiedlich