The timezone JST in Japan

Timezones are always computed by their difference to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated". In Japan there is only a single tonezone at UTC+. For example, New York is currently at UTC-4 in Eastern Time, so the time difference between New York and Japan is 4 hours.

Japan has no time difference between summer and winter. A daylight saving time doesn't exist.

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Current time in all regions of Japan:
May 2023

Only 1 nationwide time zone

Standard time:UTC +9Japan Standard Time (JST)
Daylight saving time:UTC +10discontinued 1951

Japan has an east-west extension of 21.4 degrees of longitude. Given the country's location in East Asia, this corresponds to about 2000 kilometers. At this extension, the sun's course is noticeable at different positions in the country, but it still turns out to be moderate. The position of the sun in the west of the country differs from that in the east by about 86 minutes. This means the sun rises and sets 86 minutes later in the west than in the east.

No more daylight saving time in Japan

Due to the sun's orbit around the equator, the days are longer in summer (June to September in the northern hemisphere). Countries that switch to daylight saving time in the summer months align the daylight phase with the human rhythm. Unused bright morning hours are thus shifted into the evening (more information on daylight saving time here).

Due to its distance from the equator, the impact would be significant in Japan. Tokyo is located 4,000 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 04:24 to 19:01, but from 05:24 to 20:01. Nevertheless, in 1951 it was decided to finally abandon daylight saving time in Japan.

Changes in Daylight Saving Times

In Japan Daylight Saving Time has been observed since 1948 until 09/09/1951.

Japan: Sunrise + sunsetTimes for sunrise and sunset in JapanTimes of sunrise and sunset for the most important cities in Japan and the avg. length of daylight per month
Countries with DSTAll Countries with DSTA summary of all countries that currently observe Daylight Saving Time with further info on introductions and upcoming changes.
Japan: Public HolidaysPublic holidays in Japan 2023-2027Statutory and inofficial holidays in Japan for 2023 to 2027