The 2019 Japanese Calendar in English
For foreigners living in Japan, a calendar showing Japan’s national holidays is indispensable tool for everyday life. It is however difficult to find one in English. We here at PLAZA HOMES would like to share our original calendar that we make every year displaying all the Japanese holidays in English.
The pictures for each month are represented with landscapes, cityscapes or nightscapes of various tourist attractions throughout Japan. To add a bit of charm and to represent seasonal changes in Japan, some additional illustrations have been added to the pictures.
Along with the pictures for each month below are a description of the location and its name.
Read here for more information about Japanese Holidays in Japan.
Please click the link below the each month to download for a free PDF copy of our calendar.
Occurring only in Toyokorocho, Hokkaido, “Jewelry Ice” is a natural phenomenon that can only be seen during the winter. This natural phenomenon has been garnering attention as a popular winter spot in Hokkaido. Originating at the mouth of the Tokachi river, this frozen ice breaks off and flows out into the ocean. Moving with the current, the waves rub the ice against each other smoothing their rough edges and polishing them crystal clear. The ice ends its journey upon the Otsu Beach, where visitors come to visit and take pictures of the sunlight reflecting through transparent chunks of ice.
This wild monkey park is located in the furthest depths of Jigokudani (“Hell Valley”) in Nagano Prefecture. Since its establishment in 1965, this has been known as “the” place to see wild monkeys up close. Monkeys in Jigokudani are known as “bathing monkeys”, and in the winter time attract tourists from around the world. The bathing in hot springs is to protect themselves against the extreme cold during winter seasons and not as a way to relax.
Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi-Pref.
Lake Kawaguchi can be found in the central part of the main island of Japan near Mt.Fuji, and is one of the Fuji Five Lakes. It belongs to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Among the five lakes it has the longest shoreline, it is located at the lowest altitude spot, and it is the second largest. It is well-known that there are many good spots from which to view Mt.Fuji around the lake, including the inverted image of Mt. Fuji reflected upon the lake’s surface.
Yoyogi Park, Tokyo
Yoyogi Park is a city park that’s size is equivalent to that of 11 Tokyo Domes placed side by side. This park is also where you can see the largest piece of unobstructed sky within central Tokyo. Together with the Meiji Jingu Shrine adjacent, the Yoyogi Park area forms a vast forested stretch of land. There is lush greenery everywhere allowing you to enjoy the seasonal changes of nature while remaining in Tokyo. Within this urban oasis are many points of interest and various facilities, making it a place of recreation and relaxation for the citizens of Tokyo. During the spring when cherry-blossoms are blooming, cherry-blossom viewing parties are often held here. It considered one of the best places to view cherry blossoms in Tokyo while being able to stretch out.
Zerubu Hill, Bieicho, Hokkaido
Against the backdrop of magnificent natural scenery, such as that of Mt. Ashidake and the Tokachidake mountain range, Bieicho is town full of hills and unique landscapes. Many of these landscapes, including patchwork hills, have appeared in commercials over the years. The town’s Zerbu Hill, located along Route 237 (connecting Asahikawa and Furano), offers a flower garden of lavender from June till July and sunflowers along with other brightly colored flowers from August till September. The Zerbu Hill is open from the end of April till early October. Those interested can even rent an ATV buggy or an electric cart to tour the vast gardens at their leisure.
Kamakura Meigetsuin, Kanagawa-Pref.
Meigetsuin, an old temple located in Kita-Kamakura, is surrounded by a number of historical temples and shrines with lush greenery. The temple has various historically valuable buildings and gardens, and it is also called Ajisaidera (“Hydrangea Temple”). Many visitors love to visit the temple during the rainy season. The hydrangeas here were planted at the temple’s entrance after World War II because they’re easy to care for. Currently, approx. 2500 blooming hydrangeas fill up both sides of the approach. Only here is the blue color of hydrangeas called “Meigetsuin Blue”. The hydrangeas bloom from the end of May to the beginning of July, with the peak bloom last from the beginning till the end of June.
Uganzaki Cape, Okinawa-Pref.
Unganzaki cape is located at the westernmost point of Ishigaki Island. Its landscape is unique with its many strangely shaped rocks and rocky steep cliffs showing ancient crustal movement. Such land features attract many visitors with its scenic beauty providing and its panoramic view from the symbolic white lighthouse on the hilltops. On sunny days you can see Iriomote Island far off to the west in the sea. Under the name of Uganzaki, the spot is considered as a sacred place where God descends. The people of Ishigaki Island have shown their veneration for it since old days.
Kurashiki City, Okayama-Pref.
This preserved old townscape lies along the Kurashiki River. The river flows through the center of the city and on both sides of the river are lined with buildings with impressive white walls and tiled roofs. It was designated as the nation’s Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 1979. White-walled traditional residences and storehouses, townhouses and a row of willow trees along the river are very tasteful. This historical townscape stretching from early Edo Era has been beautifully persevered.
Sogabecho, Kameoka City, Kyoto
In the countryside of Sogabecho, which lies in the mid-western part of Kyoto Prefecture, is one of the most well-known places in the Kansai district for its cluster amaryllis’ full bloom during autumn. Sogabecho is often called “Town of Cluster Amaryllis” as it is surrounded by rice fields with plenty of cluster amaryllis. The end of the rice harvest, in autumn, is highlighted by the red colors of the cluster amaryllis blooming throughout the fields. The view of flowers blooming against the backdrop of a traditional farm village draws photographers from all over, trying to capture the mixture of beauty and nostalgia in a single shot.
Nara Park, Nara-Pref.
Nara Park, with its lush greenery and magnificent natural beauty, was established in 1880 and extends over an area of 660 hectares covering the eastern part of downtown Nara city. Within the park is Todaiji temple, Kohfukuji Temple, and Kasugataisha Shrine. Also included within the park are cultural institutions such as the Nara National Museum and the Shosoin Repository. One of the main attractions for tourists is the parks 1200 wild deer. These deer are not only designated as a natural treasure, they are the symbol of Nara city. Nara Park is also known as a famous spot for viewing Autumn leaves. The scenery of grazing deer against the background of Autumn trees with gold and red leaves is like something out of a fairy tale.
Goshikinuma (Five Colored Ponds) is a group of picturesque lakes and ponds in the Urabandai area at the northern foot of Mt. Bandai. It is officially called “Goshikinumba lakes group” and is made up of many swamps; Bishamon-numba, Akanumba, Midoro-numa, Benten-numa, Ruli-numa, and Aonuma. The surfaces of these ponds shine with emerald greens and cobalt blues, attracting visitors with their mystical colors. During autumn you can enjoy the beauty created by the mixture of colorful light reflecting off the water among red and gold leaves.
Hakuba Village, which lies in the northwestern part of Nagano Prefecture against the backdrop of the Hakuba mountain range, with plenty of high-quality powdered snow, is a one of the most well-known snow sports resorts in Japan. It gained its worldwide fame as one of the event sites for the Nagano winter Olympic Games. Hakuba is becoming popular for stargazing as it is located at a high altitude and has very little light pollution. Recently, various stargazing tours have become popular as you can enjoy stargazing year around. During the winter you can see the Winter Triangle, which is an asterism formed by the bright stars of Betelgeuse in the Orion constellation, Procyon in the Canis Minor constellation and Sirius in the Canis Major constellation. You envelope yourself in a fantastic world created by the light countless stars arriving to the earth after traveling over hundreds of millions of years.