Japanese Public Holidays

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Here is a list of the Public Holidays for 2010 and 2011 in Japan. Please be advised that if you are travelling on these dates that it may be best to book your accommodation well in advance and possibly your transfers. Talk to us at the White Horse Group to see what the best option is for you. During Japan’s Ski Boom days of the 80s and 90s it was so busy here that lift lines could be 30 minutes long. Hakuba is now renowned to international travellers for it’s lack of crowds. Most days you will hardly see a lift line at any of the resorts. It can get a little busy though during the holiday periods but nothing like some of the big resorts in North America or Europe.

2010

January

1 Friday New Year’s Day (gantan): Only 1st January is an official national holiday, but the New Year period (shogatsu) is considered to last until the 3rd, and many business re-open on the 4th or 5th.
2-3 Officially a holiday for bank and government employees only.
11 Monday Coming of Age Day (seijin no hi): all young people who turn 20 this year are celebrated on this national holiday.

February

3 Wednesday Beginning of Spring (setsubun): traditional holiday
11 Thursday National Foundation Day (kenkoku kinen no hi)

March

3 Girls’ or Dolls’ Festival (hina matsuri): not a national holiday.
21 Sunday Spring Equinox (shunbun no hi)
22 Monday taken for Spring Equinox, as it falls on a Sunday *

April

29 Thursday Showa Day (Showa no hi): the birthday of the Showa Emperor (Hirohito). Due to the way the weekdays fall in 2010, Showa Day is an isolated holiday and not really part of Golden Week.

May

3 Monday Constitution Day (kenpo kinenbi)
4 Tuesday Greenery Day (midori no hi)
5 Wednesday Childrens’ Day (Boys’ Day) (kodomo no hi)

July

7 Tanabata (Star Festival) is not a national holiday
13-15 Obon (Festival of Souls): although this is not an official national holiday, many offices are closed (Tokyo celebrates in July)
19 Monday Marine Day (umi no hi)

August

13-15 Obon (Festival of Souls): although this is not an official national holiday, many offices are closed (most of the country celebrates in August)

September

20 Monday Respect for the Aged Day (keiro no hi)
23 Thursday Autumn Equinox

October

11 Monday Sports Day (taiku no hi)

November

3 Wednesday Culture Day (bunka no hi)
15 Shichi-go-san (7/5/3 Festival): not a holiday but a traditional festival
23 Tuesday Labour Thanksgiving Day (kinro kansha no hi)

December

23 Thursday Emperor’s Birthday (Tenno tanjobi)
25 not a national holiday
31 New Years Eve (omisoka): officially a holiday for bank and government employees only. But for many offices, 25th will be the last working day until 4th January.

2011

January

1 Saturday New Year’s Day (gantan): Only 1st January is an official national holiday, but the New Year period (shogatsu) is considered to last until the 3rd, and many business re-open on the 4th or 5th.
2-3 Officially a holiday for bank and government employees only.
10 Monday Coming of Age Day (seijin no hi): all young people who turn 20 this year are celebrated on this national holiday.

February

3 Thursday Beginning of Spring (setsubun): traditional holiday
11 Friday National Foundation Day (kenkoku kinen no hi)

March

3 Girls’ or Dolls’ Festival (hina matsuri): not a national holiday.
21 Monday Spring Equinox (shunbun no hi)

April

29 Friday Showa Day (Showa no hi): the birthday of the Showa Emperor (Hirohito).

May

3 Tuesday Constitution Day (kenpo kinenbi)
4 Wednesday Greenery Day (midori no hi)
5 Thursday Childrens’ Day (Boys’ Day) (kodomo no hi)

July

7 Tanabata (Star Festival) is not a national holiday
13-15 Obon (Festival of Souls): although this is not an official national holiday, many offices are closed (Tokyo celebrates in July)
18 Monday Marine Day (umi no hi)

August

13-15 Obon (Festival of Souls): although this is not an official national holiday, many offices are closed (most of the country celebrates in August)

September

19 Monday Respect for the Aged Day (keiro no hi)
23 Friday Autumn Equinox

October

10 Monday Sports Day (taiku no hi)

November

3 Thursday Culture Day (bunka no hi)
15 Shichi-go-san (7/5/3 Festival): not a holiday but a traditional festival
23 Wednesday Labour Thanksgiving Day (kinro kansha no hi)

December

23 Friday Emperor’s Birthday (Tenno tanjobi)
25 not a national holiday
31 New Years Eve (omisoka): officially a holiday for bank and government employees only. But for many offices, 25th will be the last working day until 4th January.
* If a national holiday falls on Sunday, the following day will be taken as the holiday instead.
If a day lies between two national holidays, that day will also be a holiday.
Actual national closing days shown in bold.
Follow the links to find out more about the traditional festivals shown.

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