Translated by Hilary Keyes
Writer, translator, designer, weirdo.
All about Japan's National Holidays - sightseeing areas and public transportation are especially busy on these days, so those who aren't fans of crowds should take care. There are also many interesting events and activities on these holidays too!
Every year in Japan there are 16 national holidays. On these days, both sightseeing spots and shopping centers are crowded with people. If you are the type that hates crowds or would like to see the attractions in relative peace, then knowing which days to avoid would be very helpful, wouldn't it?
In this article you will find the dates and information about all of Japan's national holidays for 2017-2018!
*We will also be introducing longer holiday periods where crowds can be expected that are not technically national holidays in this article.
1) There are some activities and events that can only be experienced on national holidays. If you would like to participate in these, then it would be best to plan your sightseeing around these dates in particular.
2) If a national holiday falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday is a substitute holiday - please do not make the mistake of thinking that, as it is not an 'official national holiday', the sightseeing places will not be crowded. These substitute holidays can be exceptionally busy.
3) National holidays do not fall on the same day every year. There are cases where the date is decided and there are cases where holidays may take place 'on the third Monday of the month', so please confirm the dates of these holidays each year.
1. New Year's Day (January 1st)
2. Coming of Age Day (January 9th)
3. Foundation Day (February 11th)
4. Vernal Equinox Day (March 20th)
5. Showa Day (April 29th)
6. Constitution Memorial Day (May 3rd)
7. Greenery Day (May 4th)
8. Children's Day (May 5th)
9. Marine Day (July 17th)
10. Mountain Day (August 11th)
11. Obon (around August 13th-16th)
12. Respect for the Aged Day (September 18th)
13. Autumn Equinox Day (September 23rd)
14. Tokyo City Holiday (October 1st)
15. Health and Sports Day (October 9th)
16. Culture Day (November 11th)
17. Labor Thanksgiving Day (November 23rd)
18. Emperor's Birthday (December 23rd)
19. New Year's Holiday (about December 28th-January 4th)
20. Know the Holidays, Know When to Sightsee