Many people might think that Japanese people are hard workers and some tend to be workaholics. This is somewhat true, however, unexpectedly Japan has more public holidays than you might think!
Japanese people call such public holidays “shuku-jitsu” (shuku-祝: celebration + jitu-日), so they are not just days-off! Each shuku-jitsu is a celebration of something.
In 2019, Japan had 17 public holidays + 2 people’s holidays* (*days falls between two public holidays are treated as holidays) + 3 substitute holidays (in case holidays fall on Sunday) ! Due to people’s holidays and substitute holidays, they can get a longer holiday week!
Let’s see the list of “shuku-jitu” in 2019.
January 1 - New Year’s Day
January 14 - Coming-of-age Day
February 11 - National Foundation Day
March 21 - Vernal Equinox Day
April 29 - Shōwa Day (Shōwa Emperor’s Birthday)
April 30 - People’s Holiday
May 1 - Coronation Day (of the new Emperor)
May 2 - People’s Holiday
May 3 - Constitution Memorial Day
May 4 - Greenery Day
May 5 - Children’s Day
May 6 - substitute holiday
July 15 - Marine Day
August 11 - Mountain Day
August 12 - substitute holiday
September 16 - Respect for the Aged Day
September 23 - Autumnal Equinox Day
October 14 - Health-Sports Day
October 22 - The core enthronement ceremony
November 3 - Culture Day
November 4 - substitute holiday
November 23 - Labour Thanksgiving Day