Public Holidays in Japan

New Year's Day January 1st
Coming of Age Day second Monday of January
Foundation Day February 11th
Vernal Equinox Day around March 20th
Shōwa Day April 29th
Constitution Memorial
May 3rd
Greenery Day May 4th
Children's Day
May 5th
Marine Day third Monday of July
Mountain Day August 11th
Respect for the Aged
third Monday of September
Autumn Equinox Day around September 23rd
Health and Sports Day second Monday of October
Culture Day
November 3rd
Labor Thanksgiving Day November 23rd
Emperor's Birthday December 23rd


Japan has long vacations 3 times a year when many Japanese people take trips or return to their hometown. During these periods we recommend that you reserve your hotels and transportation well in advance or choose different dates, if you can, to avoid the crowds!

Golden Week: April 29th – May 5th
Obon Week: August 13th – 15th
New Year: December 29th – January 3rd
(Some shops start business on January 2nd, but banks are closed through January 3rd.)


 WeekdaysSaturdaysSundays &
National Holidays
Banks 09:00 – 15:00 closed closed
Post Offices 09:00 – 17:00 closed closed
Department Stores 10:00 – 20:00 10:00 – 20:00 10:00 – 19:30
Shops 10:00 – 20:00 10:00 – 20:00 10:00 – 20:00
Museums 10:00 – 17:00 10:00 – 17:00 10:00 – 17:00
Offices 09:00 – 17:00 closed