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Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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In 2015, employees in Japan are entitled to 15 national public holidays. Mountain Day (11 August) will be added as the 16th national holiday in 2016. According to the amendment made in the Public Holiday Law, this new holiday is intended to strengthen the appreciation of mountains in Japan.

The Golden Week is known to be one of Japan’s busiest holiday seasons as there are four national holidays within one week. The national holidays that make up the Golden Week are Shōwa Day (29 April), Constitution Memorial Day (3 May), Greenary Day (4 May) and Children’s Day (5 May).

Similarly, the term Silver Week is used to make up the consecutive holidays in September. The first Silver Week occurred in 2009 where Japanese get to enjoy a five-day holiday.

Unlike the Golden Week which occurs annually, Silver Week occurs every 5-7 years. The national holidays that make up the Silver Week are Respect for the Aged Day (September), Autumnal Equinox (23 September) and Kokumin nokyūjitsu, known also as Citizen’s Holiday, which is an extra holiday between the 2 national holidays.

Public Holidays 2016

* Mountain Day is a new holiday for the first time in 2016.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
11 JanMonComing of Age Day
11 FebThuNational Foundation Day
20 MarSunVernal Equinox Day
21 MarMonVernal Equinox Day Holiday
29 AprFriShōwa Day
3 MayTueConstitution Memorial Day
4 MayWedGreenery Day
5 MayThuChildren's Day
18 JulMonMarine Day
11 AugThuMountain Day *
19 SepMonRespect-for-the-Aged Day
22 SepThuAutumnal Equinox Day
10 OctMonHealth and Sports Day
3 NovThuCulture Day
23 NovWedLabour Thanksgiving Day
23 DecFriThe Emperor's Birthday

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
9 JanMonComing of Age Day
11 FebSatNational Foundation Day
20 MarMonVernal Equinox Day
29 AprSatShōwa Day
3 MayWedConstitution Memorial Day
4 MayThuGreenery Day
5 MayFriChildren's Day
17 JulMonMarine Day
11 AugFriMountain Day
18 SepMonRespect-for-the-Aged Day
23 SepSatAutumnal Equinox Day
9 OctMonHealth and Sports Day
3 NovFriCulture Day
23 NovThuLabour Thanksgiving Day
23 DecSatThe Emperor's Birthday