Japan Data

Imperial Accession Set to Bring 10-Day Golden Week in 2019


A wrap-up of Japan’s 2019 national holidays, including special holidays to commemorate the beginning of a new imperial era.

Japanese people will enjoy 10 consecutive days off in Golden Week 2019, due to a special national holiday for when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor. At the first meeting of a committee that will decide the particulars of ceremonies related to the imperial succession, the accession of the new emperor was scheduled for May 1, 2019, which will become a national holiday. The enthronement ceremony is due to take place on October 22, 2019, and will also be a national holiday. An official announcement is expected to be made after the extraordinary Diet session this autumn. According to laws pertaining to national holidays, a weekday sandwiched between two holidays also becomes a holiday. This means April 30 and May 2 will also become holidays, making Golden Week 10 consecutive days long next year.

A national holiday for the emperor’s birthday will be held for the last time on December 23 in 2018. After his abdication, it will become a regular day. The new emperor’s birthday is February 23, and this will be celebrated as a holiday from 2020 onwards. This means that there will be no national holiday for the emperor’s birthday in 2019.

National Holidays in 2019

New Year’s Day January 1
Coming of Age Day January 14
National Foundation Day February 11
Vernal Equinox Day March 21
Shōwa Day April 29
Holiday April 30
Accession of new emperor May 1
Holiday May 2
Constitution Memorial Day May 3
Greenery Day May 4
Children’s Day May 5
Children’s Day (observed) May 6
Marine Day July 15
Mountain Day August 11
Mountain Day (observed) August 12
Respect for the Aged Day September 16
Autumnal Equinox Day September 23
Health and Sports Day October 14
Enthronement ceremony October 22
Culture Day November 3
Culture Day (observed) November 4
Labor Thanksgiving Day November 23
Emperor’s Birthday

The highlighted national holidays above are scheduled to be officially determined at the extraordinary Diet session beginning on October 24. They are one-off holidays for 2019 only.
Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from the Cabinet Office website.

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)

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