School Holidays in Japan in 2020-2021

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The Japanese school year begins in April. The first term runs to around July 20, when summer vacation begins. Kids return to school in early September for the second term, which lasts until about December 25. The final term begins in early January and continues to late March.

Summer vacation at most Japanese public elementary and middle schools now starts on Marine Day on July 20 and usually lasts for around six weeks through the end of August. 

The second term of the school year, which includes such big events as field day and the school festival, comes to an end in December. In most Japanese middle schools, finals begin toward the end of November and are usually held over three days, covering nine subjects: English, math, Japanese, science, social studies, physical education, home economics, music, and art.

Public elementary and middle schools are closed on national holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Japanese schools have three semesters, separated by vacations.

School Holidays in Japan 2020-2021

*All dates are subject to errors and changes

HolidayDateNotes
Spring Holidaysfrom 27-03-2019
to 12-04-2019
 
Shōwa Day29-04-2020 
Constitution Memorial Day03-05-2020 
Greenery Day04-05-2020 
Children’s Day05-05-2020 
Constitution Memorial Day (observed)06-05-2020 
Summer Holidaysfrom 20-07-2020
to 31-08-2020
 
Respect-for-the-Aged Day15-09-2020 
Autumnal Equinox Day23-09-2020 
Health-Sports Day10-10-2020 
Culture Day03-11-2020 
Labor Thanksgiving Day23-11-2020 
Emperor’s Birthday23-12-2020 
Winter Holidaysfrom 25-12-2020
to 07-01-2021
 
Coming of Age Day13-01-2021Second Monday in January
Adults’ Day15-01-2021 
National Foundation Day11-02-2021 
Emperor’s Birthday23-02-2021 
Vernal Equinox Day21-03-2021 

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