Top events in Japan

March
01

Noh theatre and bon-odori dancing are held in the castle grounds in the evening, and there are food and games stalls.

March
12

Osaka Sumo Basho is one of the six annual big sumo wrestling tournaments in Japan which attracts huge crowds of sumo fans. Tickets can be...

April
01

The cherry blossom (sakura) season is celebrated throughout Osaka during the colourful month of April. Families gather in parks for...

Japan Public Holidays

Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

Public holiday note

Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday. When there is a single day between two national holidays, it is also taken as a holiday.

2017

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2017
January
09
Coming of Age Day
Start date:
9 January 2017
February
11
National Foundation Day
Start date:
11 February 2017
March
20
Vernal Equinox
Start date:
20 March 2017
April
29
Showa Day
Start date:
29 April 2017
May
03
Constitution Memorial Day
Start date:
3 May 2017
May
04
Greenery Day
Start date:
4 May 2017
May
05
Children's Day
Start date:
5 May 2017
July
17
Marine Day
Start date:
17 July 2017
September
18
Respect for the Aged Day
Start date:
18 September 2017
September
23
Autumnal Equinox
Start date:
23 September 2017
October
09
Health and Sports Day
Start date:
9 October 2017
November
03
Culture Day
Start date:
3 November 2017
November
23
Labour Thanksgiving Day
Start date:
23 November 2017
December
23
Emperor's Birthday
Start date:
23 December 2017
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