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School holidays in Japan in 2020

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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 2019-20

*All dates are subject to errors and changes

Holiday Date Notes
Spring Holidays from 27-03-2019
to 12-04-2019
Shōwa Day 29-04-2020
Constitution Memorial Day 03-05-2020
Greenery Day 04-05-2020
Children’s Day 05-05-2020
Constitution Memorial Day (observed) 06-05-2020
Summer Holidays from 20-07-2020
to 31-08-2020
Respect-for-the-Aged Day 15-09-2020
Autumnal Equinox Day 23-09-2020
Health-Sports Day 10-10-2020
Culture Day 03-11-2020
Labor Thanksgiving Day 23-11-2020
Emperor’s Birthday 23-12-2020
Winter Holidays from 25-12-2020
to 07-01-2021
Coming of Age Day 13-01-2021 Second Monday in January
Adults’ Day 15-01-2021
National Foundation Day 11-02-2021
Emperor’s Birthday 23-02-2021
Vernal Equinox Day 21-03-2021

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