The 2020 Japanese Calendar in English

Poste date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

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 aboutJapanese Holidays in Japan

Please click the link below the each month to download for a free PDF copy of our calendar.

January

Shirakawago, Gifu-Pref.

The many traditional Gassho Style houses in the area were designated as World Heritage sites in 1995. Around the area are various facilities, allowing visitors to experience the local traditional culture, and an open-air museum, that provides a glimpse into the historical lifestyle of the areas inhabitants. This well-known destination attracts many tourists each year to view its perfectly maintained historical Japanese landscape and its scenic beauty as well. The picture posted here is of the famous panoramic view from the Ogimachi-Jyoshi (the observation platform).

PDF: January 2020

February

Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi-Pref.

Known as one of the Fuji Five Lakes, this lake is located in the central part of Japan’s main island near Mt. Fuji. This lake is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It stands out among the five lakes as it has the longest shoreline, it is located at the lowest altitude spot, and it is the second largest of the lakes. It is also famous for having many spots from which to view Mt. Fuji from around the lake. The most well known of which is spot where visitors can view the inverted image Mt. Fuji reflected on the lake surface.

PDF: February 2020

March

Kameishitouge, Oita-Pref.

Sky Farm Road Hita is a popular road for enjoying the scenery of the surrounding mountain landscape while driving cars and riding motorcycles. This farm road is approx. 55km and connects Hita City, Oita Prefecture, and Ogunimachi, Kumamoto Prefecture. This picture is of the view from a rest stop on Kameishi touge Pass near the prefectural border, which is approximately 800m above sea level. You can enjoy the view of field mustard in full bloom spreading out over the high plateau in spring.

PDF: March 2020

April

Sakitama Ancient Tomb Park, Saitama-Pref.

This is a historic park with ancient tombs, which is located approx.1km southeast of the center of Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture. It is well-known nationwide for its many ancient tombs concentrated in the area. The park was designated as a historic site in August of 1938 and has been maintained well since then. Within the park are 9 large tombs along with multiple smaller ones, which were constructed 1300-1500 years ago. A development program of the park in harmony with these many ancient tombs, is on-going by Saitama Prefecture. The park was designated in February, 2007 as one of Japanese 100 historic parks.

PDF: April 2020

May

Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki-Pref.

The park is a government managed park located in Hitachinaka city, Ibaraki prefecture. The park has planted approx. 4,500,000 Nemophila flowers covering the entire hill-approx. 3.5 hectares-which is aptly named Nemophila Hill. When the Nemophila are in full bloom-mid-April to early May-the park becomes a magnificent blue world where in a blue sky connects to the pretty beautiful blue flowers over the hill.

PDF: May 2020

June

Mt. Shiude, Kagawa-Pref.

This mountain, located on the Shonai Peninsula sticking out into the Seto Inland Sea, is 352m above sea level and located in Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture. It is famous for its superb view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea and The Great Seto Bridge which can all be viewed from the mountaintop observatory. Around the mountaintop area there is a promenade named “Hydrangea Road”. Along the road you can enjoy the view of the blue sky and sea uniting with the blue and purple of Hydrangeas during their full bloom (from the end of June till the end of July).

PDF: June 2020

July

Tsunoshima Bridge, Yamaguchi-Pref.

This bridge one of Japan’s longest bridges (1780m length) that connect a free public road to a remote island. As the bridge is located within Kita-Nagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park, during construction considerations were made in the design and structure in regards to the surrounding landscape, such as limiting the height of bridge piers. It is an up and coming sightseeing spot in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The bridge is considered to be one of the best scenic spots in the area due to its majestic figure that stretches across the cobalt blue sea and peacefully blending with the landscape of the surrounding area.

PDF: July 2020

August

Zamami Island, Okinawa-Pref.

The island is located towards the center of the Kerama Islands and is approx. 40km west of Naha City. The island’s Furu Zamami Beach is famous for having one of the most transparent sea waters in Okinawa and also an abundance of colorful corals that can be seen through the water. Also on the island is Ama Beach, one of the best snorkeling spots on the island where the appearance of sea turtles is frequent. It is also possible to take pictures and swim with the turtles.

PDF: August 2020

September

Kikuchi valley, Kumamoto-Pref.

This valley is located nearby the river source of Kikuchi River in Kumamoto Prefecture. It is part of Aso City, Kikuchi City, and is also located within Aso-Kuju National Park. It is well-known as a summer retreat and is a good view spot for viewing the changing of leaves in autumn. It is also one of Kumamoto’s best natural recreation forests. Kikuchi Valley has been listed in various water and greenery related top 100 ranks, such as 100 selections of famous Japanese clear water, The BEST 100 Waterfalls in Japan, and the best 100 forests for forest bathing in Japan. The mountain stream weaves the superb views of various shallows and waterfalls, and such views change seasonally. Many tourists and photographers from within and from outside the prefecture visit the valley all year around.

PDF:September 2020

October

Nara Park, Nara-Pref.

Nara Park is a city park with lush greenery and magnificent natural beauty. The park was established in 1880 and extends across an area of 660 hectares covering the eastern part of downtown Nara city. The park includes Todaiji Temple, Kohfukuji Temple and Kasugataisha Shrine, as well as cultural institutions such as Nara National Museum and the Shosoin Repository. Another tourist attraction of the park is the nearly 1200 wild deer which have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. Nara Park is also a famous spot for its beautiful autumn leaves. The scenery of deer walking and standing against the background of trees with colored leaves is like a fantasy.

PDF: October 2020

November

Rurikouin, Kyoto

Rurikouin is an annex temple of the Komyo-ji Temple (Gifu Pref.) built in Yase, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City. Yase lies at the foot of Mt. Hiei and was a health resort town loved by nobles and high class samurais for a long time. It is well-known for its view of autumn colored leaves from the 2nd floor of the drawing room. From the drawing room you can see an overview of the various colored leaves within the temple garden and in the mountains of Yase simultaneously. The best photo spot is of the corner of the drawing room where tables are placed to create a reflection of the colored leaves on the table surface making for great artistic photographs.

PDF: November 2020

December

Jodogahama, Iwate-Pref.

This beach is located in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture, and is designated as a national scenic site. It is also one of the best scenic spots in the Sanriku district, which is part of the Sanriku Restoration National Park. The sharp and white rhyolite rocks are lined in the sea water, each showing a different face, creating a vivid color contrast of white rocks, green pines, against the deep blue sea. When night falls, the beach becomes a place where you can see the most beautiful starlit sky in the Tohoku District. You can view the best starlit sky at this beach from fall until winter, as the air is clear during the time of the year.

PDF: December 2020

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