Japan National Holidays 2020

2020 will be a special year for Japan, mainly due to the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. In order to accomodate the events, several national holidays will be celebrated on different dates this year. The reason for this is to avoid traffic congestion and reduce rush hour frenzy.

National holidays itself are popular times for Japanese people to leave their city area and visit other ones. Some main attraction areas will be more crowded during national holidays and you may need to purchase train tickets in advance to secure a seat. Besides that, trains run as usual but may be less frequent. There also may be less restaurant choices to choose from.

Here is the calendar for 2020 so that you can plan accordingly:

January

Carp streamers are flown on Children’s Day

13 – Coming of Age Day

February

11 – National Foundation Day

24 – Emperor’s Birthday (February 23th, moved for festivity)

March

3 – Hina Matsuri, female children’s day

20 – Vernal Equinox Day

April

29 – Showa Day

Go to coast to celebrate Marine Day

May

3 – Constitution Memorial Day

4 – Greenery Day

5 – Male Children’s Day

6 – Constitution Memorial Day (additional day for Golden Week)

July

23 – Marine Day (2020 only)

24 – Sports Day (2020 only)

August

Summer holds smaller holidays and firework displays

10 – Mountain Day (2020 only)

September

21 – Respect for the Aged Day

22 – Autumnal Equinox Day

November

3 – Culture Day

23 – Labor Thanksgiving Day