Japan

Accurate, up-to-date public holidays, bank holidays, and observances in Japan for 2016 ready to be integrated into your application.

Often called the “Land of the Rising Sun,” Japan is an island country located on the coast of East Asia. Japan consists of an archipelago of approximately 6,852 volcanic islands and is the 2nd most populated country in the world. Through archeological findings, we know Japan was inhabited as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. It is believed that Japan became a country on February 11, 660 BC. During the 4th-9th centuries, imperialistic dynasties controlled by the Emperor ruled over Japan. Gradually military clans and samurai warriors took over. For many years the islands of Japan were isolated from the western world. By 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by shoguns, ruling in the name of the Emperor, however 1868 the imperial court once again regained political control and established the Empire of Japan. On May 3, 1947, Japan set in place its current constitution, and has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with both an elected Emperor and a legislature.

Date Weekday Name Notes
January 1st Friday New Year's Day Long weekend.
January 1st Friday Durin's Day
January 11th Monday Coming of Age Day Long weekend.
February 11th Thursday Foundation Day
February 23rd Tuesday Founder's Day
February 29th Monday Leap Day
March 3rd Thursday UN World Wildlife Day
March 20th Sunday March Equinox
March 20th Sunday Weasel Stomping Day
March 21st Monday Vernal Equinox Day (Observed) Long weekend.
April 5th Tuesday First Contact Day
April 29th Friday Shōwa Day Long weekend.
May 3rd Tuesday Constitution Memorial Day
May 4th Wednesday Greenery Day
May 5th Thursday Children's Day
May 8th Sunday Mother's Day
May 25th Wednesday The Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May
June 19th Sunday Father's Day
June 20th Monday June Solstice
June 22nd Wednesday Summerween
July 4th Monday Freedom Day
July 18th Monday Marine Day Long weekend.
August 11th Thursday Mountain Day
August 18th Thursday Mail Order Catalog Day
September 19th Monday Respect for the Aged Day Long weekend.
September 20th Tuesday Unification Day
September 22nd Thursday Autumnal Equinox Day
September 22nd Thursday September Equinox
September 29th Thursday Hive Day
October 9th Sunday Federation Day
October 10th Monday Health and Sports Day Long weekend.
October 31st Monday Harry Potter Day
November 3rd Thursday Culture Day
November 23rd Wednesday Labor Thanksgiving Day
December 21st Wednesday December Solstice
December 23rd Friday The Emperor's Birthday Long weekend.
December 25th Sunday Winter Veil
December 31st Saturday New Year's Eve
Public holidays (national, legal, government, civic, etc) are denoted in bold.
Holiday data for far-reaching years is subject to change due to laws and government decrees.

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To retrieve this list of holidays, simply make a GET request to /v1/holidays:
$ curl -G -d country="JP" -d year="2016" -d pretty
-d key="__YOUR_API_KEY__"
"https://holidayapi.com/v1/holidays"