National Holidays in Japan

National Holidays in Nagoya in 2024

  • January: New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Coming of Age Day (Jan 8)
  • February: National Foundation Day (Feb 11), The Emperor’s Birthday (Feb 23)
  • March: Spring Equinox (Mar 20)
  • April: Showa Day (Apr 29)
  • May: Constitution Memorial Day (May 3), Greenery Day (May 4), Children’s Day (May 5)
  • July: Sea Day (Jul 15)
  • August: Mountain Day (Aug 11)
  • September: Respect for the Aged Day (Sep 16), Autumn Equinox (Sep 22)
  • October: Sports Day (Oct 14)
  • November: Culture Day (Nov 3), Labour Thanksgiving Day (Nov 23)
  • December: No national holidays.

National Holidays in Nagoya


  • January – New Year’s Day (元日 Ganjitsu): Marks the start of the year with family gatherings, special meals, and shrine visits.
  • January – Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi): Celebrates those turning 20 with ceremonies and traditional attire.
  • February – National Foundation Day (建国記念の日 Kenkoku Kinen no Hi): Commemorates the foundation of Japan and the accession of its first Emperor.
  • February – The Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日 Tennō Tanjōbi): Celebrates the current Emperor’s birthday with public greetings.


  • March – Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日 Shunbun no Hi): Focuses on nature and living things, with family reunions.
  • April – Showa Day (昭和の日 Shōwa no Hi): Reflects on the Showa era, part of Golden Week.
  • May – Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日 Kenpō Kinenbi): Commemorates Japan’s post-war constitution.
  • May – Greenery Day (みどりの日 Midori no Hi): Dedicated to nature and the environment, part of Golden Week.
  • May – Children’s Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi): Celebrates children’s personalities and happiness, concluding Golden Week.


  • July – Marine Day (海の日 Umi no Hi): Honors the ocean and maritime history with beach visits.
  • August – Mountain Day (山の日 Yama no Hi): Encourages appreciation of mountains and outdoor activities.


  • September – Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日 Keirō no Hi): Honors elderly citizens, celebrating their longevity.
  • September – Autumnal Equinox Day (秋分の日 Shūbun no Hi): Honors ancestors and the deceased.
  • October – Health and Sports Day (体育の日 Taiiku no Hi): Promotes sports and physical and mental health.
  • November – Culture Day (文化の日 Bunka no Hi): Celebrates Japanese culture, arts, and academic achievements.
  • November – Labour Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日 Kinrō Kansha no Hi): Originates from harvest festivals and now celebrates labor and workers’ contributions.

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