Public Holidays in Japan 2021

The rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021 has forced Japan to reshape its national holiday schedule. In the current arrangement, the Marine Day shifts from the third Monday of July to the Thursday of July 22, the day before the opening ceremony of the Olympics; the Sports Day switches from October to July 23, the day of the opening ceremony; and the Mountain Day occurs on August 8, coinciding with the closing ceremony, rather than the normal August 11 ceremony.

Public holidays in Japan

Japan National & Official Public Holidays in 2021

Official holidays and non-working days in Japan in 2021:

1 January, Friday – New Year’s Day, 正月(Shougatsu)
11 January, Monday – Coming of Age Day, 成人の日(Seijin no hi)
11 February, Thursday – National Foundation Day, 建国記念の日(Kenkokukinen no hi)
23 February, Tuesday – The Emperor’s Birthday, 天皇誕生日(Tennou tanjoubi)
20 March, Saturday – Vernal Equinox Day, 春分の日(Shunbun no hi)
29 April, Thursday – Shōwa Day, 昭和の日(Showa no hi)
3 May, Monday – Constitution Memorial Day, 憲法記念日(Kenpou kinenbi)
4 May, Tuesday – Greenery Day, みどりの日(Midori no hi)
5 May, Wednesday – Children’s Day, こどもの日(Kodomo no hi)
22 July, Thursday – Marine Day, 海の日(Umi no hi)
23 July, Friday – Health and Sports Day, 体育の日(Taiiku no hi) / スポーツの日(Supo-tsu no hi)
8 August, Sunday – Mountain Day, 山の日(Yama no hi)
9 August, Monday – Mountain Day Holiday
20 September, Monday – Respect for the Aged Day, 敬老の日(Keirou no hi)
23 September, Thursday – Autumnal Equinox Day, 秋分の日(Shubun no hi)
3 November, Wednesday – Culture Day, 文化の日(Bunka no hi)
23 November, Tuesday – Labour Thanksgiving Day, 勤労感謝の日(Kinrou kansha no hi)

Public and National Holidays 2022 in Japan

Official holidays and non-working days in Japan in 2022:

1 January, Saturday – New Year’s Day, 正月(Shougatsu)
10 January, Monday – Coming of Age Day, 成人の日(Seijin no hi)
11 February, Friday – National Foundation Day, 建国記念の日(Kenkokukinen no hi)
23 February, Wednesday – The Emperor’s Birthday, 天皇誕生日(Tennou tanjoubi)
21 March, Monday – Vernal Equinox Day, 春分の日(Shunbun no hi)
29 April, Friday – Shōwa Day, 昭和の日(Showa no hi)
3 May, Tuesday – Constitution Memorial Day, 憲法記念日(Kenpou kinenbi)
4 May, Wednesday – Greenery Day, みどりの日(Midori no hi)
5 May, Thursday – Children’s Day, こどもの日(Kodomo no hi)
18 July, Monday – Marine Day, 海の日(Umi no hi)
11 August, Thursday – Mountain Day, 山の日(Yama no hi)
19 September, Monday – Respect for the Aged Day, 敬老の日(Keirou no hi)
23 September, Friday – Autumnal Equinox Day, 秋分の日(Shubun no hi)
10 October, Monday – Health and Sports Day, 体育の日(Taiiku no hi) / スポーツの日(Supo-tsu no hi)
3 November, Thursday – Culture Day, 文化の日(Bunka no hi)
23 November, Wednesday – Labour Thanksgiving Day, 勤労感謝の日(Kinrou kansha no hi)

Bank Holidays in Japan

In Japan the bank’s offices, head offices, branches, local offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and on National holidays (defined in Act No. 178 of 1948) also from December 31 to January 3.

Bank holidays in 2021 by month:

  • January – 1, 2, 3, 11
  • February – 11, 23
  • March – 20
  • April – 29
  • May – 3, 4, 5
  • July – 22, 23
  • August – 8, 9
  • September – 20, 23
  • November – 3, 23
  • December – 31

Interesting Facts About Japanese Holidays

Why does Japan have so many holidays?

The main purpose of setting up public holidays is to commemorate the birthday of the former emperor or to give thanks to the abundance of nature or to recognise the value of nature or to foster Japanese history, heritage and culture.

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