Japan 2024 National Holidays And Travel Tips When Travel in Japan

Before or after you plan your travel to Japan, it’s worthwhile to check if there are any public holidays during your stay in Japan, not only because some museums, shops and other facilities are closed on public holidays but also because Japanese people will be traveling and be visiting popular places on those holidays as well.

Shinkansen, flights, and accommodations may be booked out very early for those holidays if you don’t plan ahead. The prices could go up unless you book early. The public holidays in 2024 in Japan are as below.


Date Days of the Week Holiday
January 1th Sunday New Year’s Day
January 8th Monday Coming of Age Day
February 11th Sunday National Foundation Day
February 12th Monday Substitute holiday
February 23th Friday Emperor’s Birthday
March 20th Wednesday Spring Equinox
April 29th Monday Showa Day
May 3rd Friday Constitution Memorial Day
May 4th Saturday Greenery Day
May 5th Sunday Children’s Day
May 6th Monday Substitute holiday
July 15th Monday Marine Day
August 11th Sunday Mountain Day
August 12th Monday Substitute holiday
September 16th Monday Respect for the Elderly Day
September 22nd Sunday Autumn Equinox
September 23rd Monday Substitute holiday
October 14th Monday Sports Day
November 3rd Sunday Culture Day
September 4th Monday Substitute holiday
November 23rd Saturday Labor Thanksgiving Day



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1. Year-End and New Year Holiday

Although December 31st and January 3rd are not mentioned in the list above, they are also a part of Year-End and New Year Holiday.

2. What is “Substitute holiday” in Japan?

When a public holiday happens to be a Sunday in Japan,  the next Monday will become a public holiday, which is “Substitute holiday”.

When do Japanese people travel?
It may be helpful to know the three periods that are the busiest travel seasons in Japan. Shinkansen, air flights, and accommodations are booked out early and the prices could go up if you don’t book early for those periods.

1. New Year
Most companies close business from December 30 until January 3. 

2. Golden Week
Four public holidays; Showa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day, and Children’s Day are placed within 7 days. Some people use paid leave to combine those holidays and weekends and make it a long holiday week. 

3. Obon Week
Obon is a Japanese Buddhist event to honor ancestors and is observed from August 13 until 15 or 16 (in some regions July 13-15 or 16). Many Japanese people go back to their family places during this period. Some companies close down for the Obon week.

Avoid the busy times and enjoy Japan!
We recommend you avoid the three busiest travel seasons in Japan mentioned above to save your budget and to avoid the crowds.


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