The Japanese calendar is step 2 of the 6 essentials on our Tokyo Travel Essentials guide. We know it may seem odd to put the calendar in second place when you're planning your Tokyo vacation, but there's a very good reason why. Imagine you plan your holiday. You decide your dates, you book your flights, you choose your hotel... and then you find out that one of the biggest Japan festivals of the year is happening on the morning you're due to fly out. You'd be disappointed, right?
That's why it's step 1 for us : ) There are 15 fixed national holiday dates on the Japanese calendar We don't want you to miss out so we've put together all the key dates so you can see what's on and when.
If you just want to go straight and check the dates then head straight on over to our Japanese national holidays page. If you want to know a little more about why you should bother checking all this out just carry on reading down.
You're probably wondering why we're making such a big deal of the whole national holiday and festivals thing in Japan. After all, every country has festivals and special cultural events so why should you care when you're in Japan?
As a visitor there's 3 reasons for knowing what's going on when while you're here:
This one is a little tricky to answer as some of it depends on what's ok for you. What do we think? The general rule for us would be the more people expected to attend, the more difficult and stressful for parents.
Dates like Kodomo no Hi and National Sports Day are all about kids so it's most definitely ok to take them to any of these celebrations. They'll love it and you'll probably find you get special attention just for turning up.
When do you need to think twice? Some of the bigger festivals, like the Sanja Festival I mentioned on the Japanese National Holidays page can be a handful, especially if you have a little one that likes to wander off. Many festivals can get pretty crowded and the last thing you want is to have a lost child situation on your hands. Just be careful, make sure you keep them in sight and all should be fine.
Want to know about special Japanese calendar events being held in Tokyo? Why not join our readers who get a heads up on where, when, and how to get there : ) As well as timely reminders of major annual events, we also share news about any unusual or one-off celebrations that will be going on during your stay.
Don't miss out!
Ok. If you've filled out any special dates happening during your stay in Japan in your Tokyo Travel Essentials it's time to move to step 3...
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