Public Holidays in Japan in 2024

Date Name of the Holiday Comments
January 1New Year’s Day
January 4World Braille Day
January 6National Technology Day
January 6Epiphany
January 8Coming of Age Day
January 14International Kite Day
January 27UN Holocaust Memorial Day
February 3Setsubun
February 8Opera Day
February 9World Pizza Day
February 11International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 13Mardi Gras
February 13Pancake Day
February 14Valentine’s Day
February 15Kamakura Festival
February 21International Mother Language Day
March 1Global Employee Appreciation Day
March 3Hinamatsuri
March 3World Wildlife Day
March 8International Women’s Day
March 10The Academy Awards
March 14White Day
March 17St. Patrick’s Day
March 20International Day of Happiness
March 27HanamiFrom the end of March to early May, cherry trees bloom all over Japan.
April 1April Fool’s Day
April 22Earth Day
April 29Golden Week starts
May 4Star Wars Day
May 5Golden Week ends
May 15International Day of Families
June 5Global Running Day
June 20Summer Solstice
June 21Take Your Dog to Work Day
July 7World Chocolate Day
July 17World Emoji Day
July 26Paris Summer Olympics start
August 2International Beer Day
August 11Paris Summer Olympics end
August 26International Dog Day
September 16Respect for the Aged Day
October 1International Coffee Day
October 4World Animal Day
October 5World Teachers Day
October 10World Mental Health Day
November 3Culture Day
November 13World Kindness Day
November 19International Men’s Day
November 23Labour Thanksgiving Day
November 29Black Friday
December 2Cyber Monday
December 3International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 11International Mountain Day
December 14Free Shipping Day
December 31New Year’s Eve