National Holidays (2005)


  Month / Date National Holidays


Jan. 1 (Sat.) New Year’s Day
  Jan 10 (Mon.) Coming-of-Age Day


Feb. 11 (Fri.) National Foundation Day


Mar. 20 (Sun.) Vernal Equinox Day
  Mar. 21 (Mon.) Substitute Holiday


Apr. 29 (Fri.) Greenery Day


May 3 (Tue.) Constitution Day
  May 4 (Wed.) National Holiday
  May 5 (Thu.) Children’s Day


July 18 (Mon.) Marine Day


Sept. 19 (Mon.) Respect-for-the-Aged Day
  Sept. 23 (Fri.) Autumnal Equinox Day


Oct. 10 (Mon.) Health and Sports Day


Nov. 3 (Thu.) Culture Day
  Nov.23 (Wed.) Labor Thanksgiving Day


Dec. 23 (Fri.) Emperor's Birthday


* If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday becomes a holiday.
* Since May 4 falls between two national holidays, it has also become a holiday to make a continuous holiday period.
* Christmas (December 25) is not a national holiday in Japan.
* The holiday period from the end of the year into the start of the new year is arranged as follows:
Government offices: Closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3.
Banks: Banking services are unavailable from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3.
Stores: Many stores are closed on Jan. 1.
Business offices: Many offices are closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3.
Schools: Winter vacation usually lasts from near the end of December to early January.