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Japan Holidays 2024

The Land of the Rising Sun is a beautiful country filled with culture, tradition and of course, holidays. With the year 2024 fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your trip to Japan. Here’s a look at the public holidays, school holidays and religious holidays you can expect to find in Japan in 2024.

Public Holidays

Japan has a total of 16 public holidays each year. These are national holidays, so the whole country takes part in the festivities. In 2024, the public holidays are as follows:

January 1: New Year's Day

February 11: National Foundation Day

March 20: Vernal Equinox Day

April 29: Showa Day

May 3: Constitution Memorial Day

May 4: Greenery Day

May 5: Children's Day

July 15: Marine Day

August 11: Mountain Day

September 16: Respect for the Aged Day

September 23: Autumn Equinox Day

October 9: Health and Sports Day

November 3: Culture Day

November 23: Labour Thanksgiving Day

December 23: The Emperor's Birthday

School Holidays

The school year in Japan runs from April to March. The 2024 school holidays are as follows:

Summer Vacation: July 20 - August 31

Winter Vacation: December 26 - January 5

Spring Vacation: March 19 - March 27

Religious Holiday

Japan is home to a number of different religions, and each of them has their own set of holidays. In 2024, the main religious holidays are:


January 15: Coming of Age Day

February 11: Setsubun

April 8: Buddha’s Birthday


January 1: New Year’s Day

February 11: Setsubun

April 29: Shinto Festival


March 25: Palm Sunday

April 1: Easter Sunday

So if you’re planning a trip to Japan in 2024, make sure to keep these holidays in mind. From public holidays to religious holidays, Japan has something for everyone.

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