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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Business Hours & Holidays

Business Hours & Holidays

The business hours of banks, post offices, department stores, as well as museums, parks and other public services and spaces in Japan may differ from that of your home country. These business hours will also vary throughout the country.

Below is a rough guide to some of the more general businesses and services. However, make sure to check the individual websites for the opening hours of the places or facilities that you are planning to visit.

Weekdays Sat. Sun. & National Holidays
Banks (with tellers) 09:00-15:00 closed closed
Post Offices 09:00-17:00 closed closed
Dept. Stores 10:00-20:00 10:00-20:00 10:00-19:30
Shops 10:00-20:00 10:00-20:00 10:00-20:00
Museums 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
Offices 09:00-17:00 closed closed

Holidays in Japan

Along with regular national holidays, there are longer holiday periods when almost the whole nation takes time off from the office and heads to the beaches, mountains, or back to family homes. The last week of December into the first week of January, Golden Week—a few days at the end of April into May—and the Obon holiday in mid-August are three of the main holiday periods. Many businesses are closed during the few days surrounding New Years. Golden Week sees a lot of both domestic and international travel, while during Obon many Japanese head to their family homes in more rural parts of the country.

Traffic and resorts tend to be extremely busy during these times, so make sure to book any tickets or hotels in advance. Generally, the shinkansen, express trains, night-buses, and other forms of long-distance transportation can only be booked a month in advance of the date you wish to travel, meaning a mad scramble as people try to get hold of tickets for the first day of the holidays. Be sure to research thoroughly and make the necessary arrangements.

The dates on this calendar are bank holidays, so be aware of closures and crowded transportation. For more culturally and spirtually significant days, look up regional festivals and events.

List of National Holidays

Date Name of the Day
January 1st New Year's Holiday
The 2nd Monday of January Coming-of-Age Day
February 11th National Foundation Day
March 20th or March 21st* Vernal Equinox Day
April 29th Showa Day
May 3rd Constitution Memorial Day
May 4th Greenery Day
May 5th Children's Day
The 3rd Monday of July Maritime Day
The 3rd Monday of September Respect for the Aged Day
September 22nd or September 23rd* Autumnal Equinox Day
The 2nd Monday of October Health and Sports Day
November 3rd Culture Day
November 23rd Labor Thanksgiving Day
December 23rd The Emperor's Birthday