Busy & Crowded Japan

2019 Holidays and observances in Japan

Japan is a highly populated country with set holidays that are followed by most companies. These dates and vacation days are known to have many travelers all off work at the same time.

In order to inform guests looking at hotels in Osaka or Japan may be interested in avoiding these busy national holidays or at least understand them.

Click on any holiday name to learn more about any of the days.

DateWeekdayHoliday NameHoliday Type
1 JanTuesdayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
2 JanWednesdayJanuary 2 Bank HolidayBank holiday
3 JanThursdayJanuary 3 Bank HolidayBank holiday
14 JanMondayComing of Age DayNational holiday
11 FebMondayNational Foundation DayNational holiday
14 FebThursdayValentine’s DayObservance
3 MarSundayDolls’ Festival/Girls’ FestivalObservance
21 MarThursdayMarch EquinoxSeason
21 MarThursdaySpring EquinoxNational holiday
29 AprMondayShōwa DayNational holiday
30 AprTuesdayCoronation Day holidayNational holiday
1 MayWednesdayCoronation DayNational holiday
2 MayThursdayCoronation Day holidayNational holiday
3 MayFridayConstitution Memorial DayNational holiday
4 MaySaturdayGreenery DayNational holiday
5 MaySundayChildren’s DayNational holiday
6 MayMondayChildren’s Day observedNational holiday
22 JunSaturdayJune SolsticeSeason
7 JulSundayStar FestivalObservance
15 JulMondaySea DayNational holiday
6 AugTuesdayHiroshima Memorial DayObservance
9 AugFridayNagasaki Memorial DayObservance
11 AugSundayMountain DayNational holiday
12 AugMondayMountain Day observedNational holiday
16 SepMondayRespect for the Aged DayNational holiday
23 SepMondaySeptember EquinoxSeason
23 SepMondayAutumn EquinoxNational holiday
14 OctMondayHealth and Sports DayNational holiday
22 OctTuesdayEnthronement Ceremony DayNational holiday
3 NovSundayCulture DayNational holiday
4 NovMondayCulture Day observedNational holiday
15 NovFriday7-5-3 DayObservance
23 NovSaturdayLabor Thanksgiving DayNational holiday
22 DecSundayDecember SolsticeSeason
25 DecWednesdayChristmasObservance
31 DecTuesdayDecember 31 Bank HolidayBank holiday