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Japanese national holidays


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Listed below are the National Holidays in Japan. On these days not only the University but most government and municipal offices and banks are also closed.
Month Day Holiday Reason
January 1 New Year's Day Celebrate the New Year
2nd Monday Coming-of-Age Day To honor those who reached the age of 20
February 11 National Foundation Day To pray for the development of the country
March Around 20 Vernal Equinox Day Day for thanking the nature
April 29 Showa Day Birthday of the Shōwa Emperor
May 3 Constitution Day Day Japan's new Constitution was founded
4 Green Day To think about the nature around us
5 Children's Day To wish happiness for our children
July 20 Sea Day To thank the sea
August 11 Mountain Day To thank the mountain
September 15 Senior Citizen’s Day To think about and respect our elderly
Around 23 Autumnal Equinox Day To think and pray about our ancestors
October 2nd Monday Health-Sports Day To encourage the nation to enjoy sports
November 3 Culture Day To celebrate the development of culture 
23 Labor Thanksgiving Day To recognize and thank the nation's labor force
December 23 The Emperor's Birthday Celebrate the Emperor's birthday
  • When a holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday will be a holiday.
  • May 4th will also be a holiday because of the law concerning National Holidays.
  • Normally in Japan, banks, post offices, and companies are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays but department stores and shops are open.
  • In addition to the holidays listed above, many companies and stores are closed during “Obon” in the middle of August.
  • Many banks, companies, and stores will also be closed at the beginning and end of the year, especially January 1st to 3rd.