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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 most recent weekday (mostly 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". Please note that during these periods tourist destinations around the country will get crowded with the period of summer vacation from the end of July to the end of August. .

New Year's day : January 1

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 Japanese will take leave from December 29th and spend the day with family and relatives on New Year's Day. People visit shrines or temples to go to pray so that the new year will be a good 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 have a celebration for them. Young people wear Kimono or Suit and participate in the celebration.

National Foudation day : February 11

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

Vernal Equinox Day : around March 21

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 29

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 3

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 of 1947, the present Japanese constitution that values peace is enacted.

Greenery Day : May 4

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

Children's Day : May 5

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 children' s healthy growth. In families with boys, people pray for the growth of boys, setting up a kind of flag called "Koinobori" in the garden. "Koinobori" came to be raised from the legend that the carp cheerfully climbs the waterfall and becomes a dragon. From "Showa Day" to "Children's Day" is called "Golden Week" in Japan. Climate is also good, so many Japanese go out for pleasure.

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

This "marine day" was also recently enacted. Until then there was no holiday in July. This holiday was enacted so that Japanese people who are overworked can refresh properly in July.

Mountain Day : August 11

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, from August 13th to 15th is called "Obon". During this period, many Japanese will return home and spend time with their families and relatives. "Mountain Day" is a relatively recently enacted holiday, aiming to 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 23

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 the Respect for the Aged Day to the Autumnal Equinox Day, there are many days to rest. So, in Japan it is increasingly called' Silver Week. In this period, there are many Japanese 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

It 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 3

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

Labor Thanksgiving Day : November 23

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

In Japan, an agricultural state, ceremonies were held to appreciate God for harvest at this time from ancient times. Before the war there was a holiday named after this traditional ceremony. Labor Thanksgiving Day was enacted taking over this holiday.

Emperor's Day : December 23

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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