2017 Public Holidays in Japan
Before or after you plan your travel to Japan, it's worthwhile to check if there are any public holidays during your stay in Japan, not only because some museums, shops and other facilities are closed on public holidays but also because Japanese people will be traveling and visiting popular places on those holidays as well.
Shinkansen, flights, and accommodations may be booked out very early for those holidays if you don't plan ahead. The prices could go up unless you book early. There will be 17 public holidays in 2017 in Japan as below.
Public Holidays 2017
1, Sunday: New Year's Day
2, Monday: New Year's Day (Observed0)
9, Monday: Coming of Age Day
11, Saturday: National Foundation Day
20, Monday: Spring Equinox
29, Saturday: Showa Day
3, Wednesday: Constitution Memorial Day
4, Thursday: Greenery Day
5, Friday: Children's Day
17, Monday: Marine Day
11, Friday: Mountain Day
18, Monday: Respect for the Eldery Day
23, Saturday: Autumn Equinox
9, Monday: Sports Day
3, Friday: Culture Day
23, Thursday: Labor Thanksgiving Day
23, Saturday: Emperor's Birthday
When do Japanese people travel?
It may be helpful to know the three periods that are the busiest travel seasons in Japan. Shinkansen, air flights, and accommodations are booked out early and the prices could go up if you don't book early for those periods.
1. New Year
Most companies close business from December 30 until January 3.
2. Golden Week
Four public holidays; Showa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day, and Children's Day are placed within 7 days. Some people use paid leave to combine those holidays and weekend and make it a long holiday week.
3. Obon Week
Obon is a Japanese Buddhist event to honor ancestors and is observed from August 13 until 15 or 16 (in some regions July 13-15 or 16). Many Japanese people go back to their family places during this period. Some companies close down for the Obon week.
Avoid busy time and enjoy Japan!
We recommend you avoid the three busiest travel seasons in Japan mentioned above to save your budget and to avoid the crowds.