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.

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


Moving Holidays in Japan

holiday20182019202020212022
Adult's DayJan, 8thJan, 14thJan, 13thJan, 11thJan, 10th
Mother's DayMay, 13thMay, 12thMay, 10thMay, 9thMay, 8th
Father's DayJun, 17thJun, 16thJun, 21stJun, 20thJun, 19th
Day of the SeaJul, 16thJul, 15thJul, 20thJul, 19thJul, 18th
Day of honouring the elderlySep, 17thSep, 16thSep, 21stSep, 20thSep, 19th
Day of SportsOct, 8thOct, 14thOct, 12thOct, 11thOct, 10th


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


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