Public Holidays Japan 2024

Japan is a country that seamlessly blends its rich traditional heritage with cutting-edge technology and modernity. It continues to be a major economic and cultural force, navigating challenges with innovation and a forward-looking approach.

List of Public Holidays and National Holidays in Japan for the year 2024

  • New Year’s Day: Monday, 1 January 2024
  • Coming of Age Day: Monday, 8 January 2024
  • National Foundation Day: Sunday, 11 February 2024
  • National Foundation Day Holiday: Monday, 12 February 2024
  • The Emperor’s Birthday: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Vernal Equinox Day: Wednesday, 20 March 2024
  • Shōwa Day: Monday, 29 April 2024
  • Constitution Memorial Day: Friday, 3 May 2024
  • Greenery Day: Saturday, 4 May 2024
  • Children’s Day: Sunday, 5 May 2024
  • Children’s Day Holiday: Monday, 6 May 2024

  • Marine Day: Monday, 15 July 2024
  • Mountain Day: Sunday, 11 August 2024
  • Mountain Day Holiday: Monday, 12 August 2024
  • Respect for the Aged Day: Monday, 16 September 2024
  • Autumnal Equinox Day: Sunday, 22 September 2024
  • Autumnal Equinox Holiday: Monday, 23 September 2024
  • Health and Sports Day: Monday, 14 October 2024
  • Culture Day Holiday: Monday, 4 November 2024
  • Labour Thanksgiving Day: Saturday, 23 November 2024
  • New Year’s Day is on Wednesday, 01 January 2020
  • Coming of Age Day is on Monday, 13 January 2020
  • National Foundation Day is on Tuesday, 11 February 2020
  • The Emperor’s Birthday is on Sunday, 23 February 2020

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Country Profile Japan

  • Population: 126.9 million (UN, 2010)
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Area: 377,864 sq km (145,894 sq miles)
  • Monetary unit: yen
  • Internet domain: .jp
  • International dialling code: +81
Flag of Japan
Flag of Japan


  • Ancient and Feudal Japan: Influenced by ancient China and Korea, Japan developed a distinctive culture and society. The feudal era was marked by the rule of shoguns and samurai.
  • Meiji Restoration: The late 19th century saw the Meiji Restoration, which propelled Japan into rapid modernization and industrialization.
  • World War II and Post-War Era: Japan’s expansionist policies led to its involvement in World War II and subsequent devastation. Post-war, Japan experienced remarkable economic growth, becoming one of the world’s leading economies.


  • Island Nation: An archipelago located in East Asia, consisting of four main islands – Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku – and numerous smaller islands.
  • Varied Terrain: Ranges from the snowy landscapes of Hokkaido to subtropical beaches in Okinawa. Notable for its mountainous terrain, with Mount Fuji being the most iconic landmark.
  • Climate and Natural Disasters: Experiences a range of climatic conditions, from temperate to subtropical. Prone to natural disasters like earthquakes and typhoons.


  • Rich Cultural Heritage: A unique blend of traditional and modern influences. Known for its art forms like tea ceremony, calligraphy, and ikebana (flower arranging), as well as contemporary pop culture, including manga and anime.
  • Religion and Philosophy: Shinto and Buddhism are the primary religions, deeply ingrained in Japanese culture and daily life.
  • Cuisine: Japanese cuisine (washoku) is renowned worldwide, featuring sushi, tempura, ramen, and sake. Recognized for its emphasis on seasonal ingredients and presentation.


  • Technological Advancement: A global leader in technology, automobile manufacturing, and robotics. Home to major multinational corporations like Toyota, Sony, and Panasonic.
  • Economic Challenges: Faces challenges like a stagnant economy, deflation, and an aging population.
  • Innovation and Sustainability: Investing in sustainable energy, smart technology, and scientific research to drive future growth.


  • Population: Characterized by a high life expectancy and a declining birth rate, leading to an aging society.
  • Education System: Highly valued, competitive education system. High literacy rates and technological proficiency.
  • Work Culture: Notable for its work ethic, corporate culture, and phenomena like karōshi (death from overwork).

Environmental Initiatives

  • Conservation Efforts: Commitment to environmental conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Leaders in recycling and waste management.
  • Natural Beauty: Rich in natural beauty, from cherry blossoms (sakura) in spring to colorful autumn leaves (koyo). Numerous national parks and hot springs (onsen).

Government and Politics

  • Constitutional Monarchy: A parliamentary system with a constitutional monarchy. The Emperor is a ceremonial figurehead; political power is held by the Prime Minister and the elected Diet.
  • International Relations: A key player in global affairs, particularly in Asia. Strong ties with Western countries, especially the United States.


  • Cultural and Historical Sites: Attractions include ancient temples and shrines, historical Kyoto, modern Tokyo, and Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park.
  • Tourism Trends: Growing tourism sector, with efforts to attract more international visitors through cultural festivals, sports events, and rural tourism.

Challenges and Future Outlook

  • Demographic Shifts: Addressing the challenges posed by an aging and shrinking population.
  • Economic Revitalization: Focusing on economic revitalization through innovation, tourism, and international trade.
  • Global Engagement: Continuing to play an influential role in global economic, political, and environmental issues.