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Mountain Day

Mountain Day 2024, 2025 and 2026

Mountain Day is the most recent addition to a long list of Japanese national holidays. It was first announced in 2014 and first celebrated in 2016. It occurs every 11 August and is meant to honour the mountainous terrain and ecosystems of Japan’s islands and the ancient cultural traditions that are connected with that geography.

202411 AugSunMountain Day
12 AugMonMountain Day Holiday
202511 AugMonMountain Day
202611 AugTueMountain Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Although Mountain Day itself is rather new, it was long sought after by The Japanese Alpine Club and other hiking and skiing enthusiast groups. With so many ways to enjoy the local mountains, along with the religious significance of the many mountain-based shrines, it seemed only appropriate that Japan should have a “Mountain Day”.

Why 11 August? One reason is that August is the eighth month of the year, and the number eight looks like “mountain” in kanji characters. Eleven looks like two trees, and Japans’ mountains are largely forested. Also, many localities already had a mountain day on 11 August, and there weren’t any national holidays in August as of yet.

Mountain Day is the perfect day to go hiking or trekking in Japan’s scenic mountain landscape.

Previous Years

202311 AugFriMountain Day
202211 AugThuMountain Day
20218 AugSunMountain Day
9 AugMonMountain Day Holiday
202010 AugMonMountain Day
201911 AugSunMountain Day
12 AugMonMountain Day Holiday
201811 AugSatMountain Day
201711 AugFriMountain Day