2019: A bumper year for holidays in Japan

While Japan is known for its intense working culture and long office hours, this year offers a break from the norm. With a new Imperial Era beginning on May 1, Golden Week 2019 is set to last for TEN WHOLE DAYS! In fact, there are around twelve long weekends to look forward to in the Year of the Pig.

Here’s the rundown:


1st, 2nd, 3rd
(Take off Friday the 4th, and return to work on Monday January 7th)
12th, 13th, 14th
Coming of Age Day

9th, 10th, 11th
National Foundation Day

21st, 23rd, 24th
(Take off Friday the 22nd and have a 4 day weekend)
Vernal Equinox Day

27th, 28th, 29th, 30th
(The bumper Golden Week begins, marking the current Emperor’s abdication, and new Emperor’s ascension)

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
(Return to work on Tuesday May 7th)

No additional days off

13th, 14th, 15th
Marine Day

10th, 11th, 12th
Mountain Day

14th, 15th, 16th
Respect for the Aged Day
21st, 22nd, 23rd
Autumnal Equinox Day

12th, 13th, 14th
Health / Sports Day

2nd, 3rd, 4th
Culture Day
(Nov 23rd is also a holiday, but lands on a Saturday, which means no extra day off)

21st, 22nd, 23rd
Emperor’s Birthday

Mega Year

As well as the holidays above, Japan’s due to have a big year in the global spotlight thanks to the Imperial transition (May), G20 (June), and Rugby World Cup (Sep-Nov). Luckily we get to enjoy a few four-day work weeks to help us recover from all the excitement!

Have you planned out your trips for 2019? I hope you enjoy whatever this year brings 🙂

More reading

2019 Calendar at a glance

Public Holidays in Japan in 2019