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Raccoon dog sitting on grass = Shutterstock

Raccoon dog sitting on grass = Shutterstock

Holidays in Japan! Tourist attractions are crowded in spring's Golden Week

There are 16 statutory holidays in Japan. If the holiday falls on Sunday, the closest weekday
(usually Monday) after that will be a holiday. Japanese holidays are most concentrated in the week
from the end of April to the beginning of May. This week is called "Golden Week". In addition, there are many days off from mid-September to late September for a week. This week is called "Silver
Week". School holiday is from the end of July to the end of August. Please note that during these periods tourist destinations around the country will get crowded.

New Year's Day : January 1st

Torii gate at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo = Shutterstock

Torii gate at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo = Shutterstock

New Year is the most important holiday for Japanese people. Many people will take leave from

December 29th and spend time with family on New Year's Day. People visit shrines or temples to pray for the new year.

 

Coming of Age Day : The second Monday of January

Young Japanese women wearing kimonos for the coming of age, to celebrate the year they turn twenty = Shutterstock

Young Japanese women wearing kimonos for the coming of age, to celebrate the year they turn twenty = Shutterstock

Women in kimono outside the culture center during Coming of Age Day celebrations in Kagoshima City, Japan = Shutterstock

Women in kimono outside the culture center during Coming of Age Day celebrations in Kagoshima City, Japan = Shutterstock

On this day, the Japanese celebrate those who are 20 years old. Many municipalities celebrations in their honor. Young people wear Kimono or Suits and celebrate Coming of Age.

 

National Foundation day : February 11th

It is a day to celebrate the foundation of Japan. According to an old legend, Emperor Jinmu, the first emperor, was given the throne this day.

 

Vernal Equinox Day : Around March 21st

On this day, the lengths of the day and night are almost equal. Japanese people often visit the graves of their ancestors at this time.

 

Showa Day : April 29th

Calendar of national holidays as Golden Week in japan. In Japanese it is written "April and May", "Sunday to Saturday " and "Golden week holiday" = Shutterstock

Calendar of national holidays as Golden Week in japan. In Japanese it is written "April and May", "Sunday to Saturday " and "Golden week holiday" = Shutterstock

Shōwa Day is a Japanese annual holiday.

 

Constitution Memorial Day : May 3rd

Traffic jam on street at Motohakone-ko around Hakone port due to Japan Golden Week

Traffic jam on street at Motohakone-ko around Hakone port due to Japan Golden Week = Shutterstock

On this day in 1947 the present Japanese constitution that values peace was enacted.

 

Greenery Day : May 4th

"Greenery Day" is a relatively new holiday. It was enacted to try to rest on May 4th between "Constitution Day" and "Children's Day".

 

Children's Day : May 5th

Japanese koinobori flags for Children's day on blue sky background = Adobe Stock

Japanese koinobori flags for Children's day on blue sky background = Adobe Stock

Children 's Day was enacted in hopes of the healthy growth of children. In families with boys, people pray for their growth and set up a kind of flag called "Koinobori" in the garden. "Koinobori" comes from the legend of a carp becoming a dragon after cheerfully climbing a waterfall. The time from "Showa Day" to "Children's Day" is called "Golden Week" in Japan. The weather is good during this time so many Japanese people will enjoy the outdoors.

 

Marine Day : The third Monday of July

Miyakojima in summer. A couple watching the ocean at Sunayama beach = Shutterstock

Miyakojima in summer. A couple watching the ocean at Sunayama beach = Shutterstock

“Marine day" was also recently enacted as a national holiday. Until then, there was no holiday in the month of July. This holiday was enacted so that Japanese people who are overworked can refresh properly in July.

 

Mountain Day : August 11th

Crowds of climbers at the summit of Mt. Fuji. Most Japanese climb the mountain at night in order to be in a position at or near the summit when the sun rises = Shutterstock

Crowds of climbers at the summit of Mt. Fuji. Most Japanese climb the mountain at night in order to be in a position at or near the summit when the sun rises = Shutterstock

In Japan, the period of time from August 13th to 15th is called "Obon". During this period, many Japanese people will return home and spend time with their families. "Mountain Day" is a relatively new national holiday that aims to provide rest even before "Obon."

 

Respect for the Aged Day : The third Monday of September

On this day, Japanese give gifts or make phone calls to old parents and grandparents.

 

Autumnal Equinox Day : Around September 23rd

Japanese women of the elderly that visit the grave = Shutterstock

Japanese women of the elderly that visit the grave = Shutterstock

On this day, the lengths of the day and night are almost equal. From Respect for the Aged Day to the Autumnal Equinox Day there are many days to rest. This is why in Japan it is increasingly called “Silver Week”. In this period, there are many people who visit the grave of their ancestors.

 

Sports Day : The second Monday of October

Students running in a field. Sports day in Japan = Shutterstock

Students running in a field. Sports day in Japan = Shutterstock

“Sports Day” is a holiday enacted in commemoration of the Tokyo Olympics held in 1964. From this time on, the weather in Japan is very good.

 

Culture Day : November 3rd

It was enacted in commemoration of the fact that the Japanese Constitution was promulgated on November 3, 1946.

 

Labor Thanksgiving Day : November 23rd

At this time, the autumn leaves in Kyoto and Tokyo are very beautiful. There are so many tourists around "Labor Thanksgiving Day" - Shutterstock

At this time, the autumn leaves in Kyoto and Tokyo are very beautiful. There are so many tourists around "Labor Thanksgiving Day" - Shutterstock

Japan, holding it’s agriculture of great importance, held ceremonies to appreciate God for harvest during this time for many years. Before the war there was a holiday named after this traditional ceremony. This is how Labor Thanksgiving Day came to be a national holiday.

 

Emperor's Day : December 23rd

People enjoy playing snow, ski, snow boad, sled at Gala Yuzawa ski resort, Nigata plefecture, Japan = Shutterstock

People enjoy playing snow, ski, snow boad, sled at Gala Yuzawa ski resort, Nigata plefecture, Japan = Shutterstock

It is the current Emperor 's birthday.

 

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About me

Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

2018-06-20

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