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Japan Public Holidays 2017

Today – 23 October 2017 – is not a holiday in Japan.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year 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

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), Greenery 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.

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