Japan Public Holidays 2013 Calendar

In Japan, public holidays were established by the Public Holiday Law of 1948. Based on this Public Holiday Law, Japan has 15 official holidays every year. However, there are many traditional holidays and festivals observed in Japan due to its strong adherence to the tradition.

A provision of Public Holiday Law determines that a substitute holiday, known as furikae kyujitsu or transfer holiday, must be observed when a national holiday in Japan falls on Sunday. Furthermore, Japan also decides to make a day falls between two national holidays as a public holiday, known as kokumin no kyujitsu or citizen’s holiday.

Japan Public Holidays 2013 and Japan Festivals 2013

The list of Japan public holidays and Japan festivals for the year of 2013 is available below. Please note that this is note an official Japan holidays calendar. Therefore, the accuracy of the information available are not and cannot be guaranteed.

New Year’s Day
Shogatsu
New Year is the most important holiday in Japan. January 1 is the only date designated as a national holiday, but many businesses in Japan remain closed until January 3. Bank and government employees are granted days off through January 3.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Coming of Age
Seijin no hi
A day to congratulate and encourage people who have reach the mature age (20) – Coming of Age Day 2013
2nd Monday of January
Monday, 14 January 2013

Beginning of Spring
Setsubun
The day before the Spring celebrated at shrines and temples nationwide. Not a national holiday.
Sunday, 3 February 2013

National Foundation Day
Kenkoku kinenbi
A day to reflect on the establishment of the nation – National Foundation Day 2013
Monday, 11 February 2013

Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day 2013 – Day of affection in which women give chocolates or gifts to the men. Not a national holiday.
Thursday, 14 February 2013

Doll’s Festival
Hinamatsuri
Also known as Girl’s Day. Family having a daughter usually displays a set of ornamental dolls on a platform covered with red carpet. Not a national holiday.
Sunday, 3 March 2013

White Day
White Day is observed a month after Valentine’s Day. In this occasion, men give chocolates or gifts to women as a reply of Valentine’s Day. Not a national holiday.
Thursday, 14 March 2013

Spring Equinox Day
Shunbun no hi
A day for the admiration of nature and the love of living things.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Showa Day
Showa no hi
A day to reflect on the events of the Showa Period.
Monday, 29 April 2013

Constitution Memorial Day
Kenpo kinenbi
Constitution Memorial Day 2013 – a special day to commemorate the effectuation of Japan’s post war constitution.
Friday, 3 May 2013

Greenery Day
Midori no hi
A special day to commune with nature and be grateful for its blessings.
Saturday, 5 May 2013

Children’s Day
Kodomo no hi
A day to esteem children personalities and to plan for their happiness. Children’s Day marks the end of Golden Week in Japan.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
*Monday, 6 May 2013 (substitute to Monday since Children’s Day 2013 falls on Sunday)

Star Festival
Tanabata
A day to celebrate the meeting of deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. Not a national holiday.
Sunday, 7 July 2013

Festival of Souls
Obon
Festival to honor the spirits of ones’ ancestors. Obon is not a national holiday, but many businesses close on this event. Kanto region celebrates it in July while the other regions observe Obon in August.
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Monday, 15 July 2013

Ocean Day
Umi no hi
A day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans.
3rd Monday of July
Monday, 15 July 2013

Festival of Souls
Obon
Festival to honor the spirits of ones’ ancestors. Obon is not a national holiday, but many businesses close on this event. Kanto region celebrates it in July while the other regions observe Obon in August.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Wednesday, 13 August 2013
Friday, 13 August 2013

Respect for the Aged Day
Keiro no hi
Respect for the Aged Day – A special day to respect the elderly and celebrate long life.
3rd Monday of September
Monday, 16 September 2013

Autumn Equinox Day
Shubun no hi
A day to honor the ancestors and remember the dead.
Monday, 23 September 2013

Health and Sports Day
Taiiku no hi
Health and Sports Day is a special day to enjoy sports and cultivate a healthy mind and body. Commemorates the opening of 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
2nd Monday of October
Monday, 14 October 2013

Culture Day.
Bunka no hi
Culture Day is a special day to celebrate peace and freedom and promote culture.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
*Monday, 4 November 2013 (substitute to Monday since Culture Day 2013 falls on Sunday)

Seven-Five-Three Festival
Shichi-go-san
A festival for children aged 3, 5, and 7. Not a national holiday.
Friday, 15 November 2013

Labour Thanksgiving Day
Kinro kansha no hi
A day to praise labor, celebrating production, and giving thanks to each other.
Saturday, 23 November 2013

Emperor’s Birthday
Tenno no tanjobi
The birthday of the reigning emperor.
Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is a celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday. Not a national holiday.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013

New Year’s Eve
Omisoka
Legal holiday only for bank and government employees. Yet, many businesses in Japan are closed from 25th December until 4th January.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013.

Happy Japan Holidays 2013! Enjoy Japanese Holidays and Festivals 2013!