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Japan – 2019 National Holidays

Japan’s national holidays in 2019 will be rather different from normal since the new Emperor is planning to accede to the throne this year. This will especially effect Golden Week( so-called because even in a normal year there are 4 national holidays in the space of 7 days) in late April and early May. But this year Golden Week is 10 days of national holidays IN A ROW and will become one of Japan’s busiest holiday seasons.

The Cabinet Office also revealed that Oct. 22nd this year will be set as a one-off national holiday, celebrating the enthronement ceremony that will be held that day for the new Emperor. Also the national holiday that is the birthday of the current emperor that is on December 23rd will be removed from the list of national holidays this year and also we will not have the birthday holiday of the new emperor this year either. It will have be assigned to December 23rd from 2020.

Golden Week 2019

In 2019, the Emperor is scheduled to abdicate on April 30, followed by the new Emperor’s ascension to the throne on May 1 which will be made a national holiday. As a result, April 30 and May 2 will also become national holidays (because according to law, a day between two holidays also becomes a holiday), consecutive 10-day holiday from April 27 to May 6.

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