About Mountain Day

“Mountain Day” was newly established as the 16th national holiday in Japan. A revision to the Law on National Holidays was enacted in a parliament session on May 23, 2014 to be enforced from January 1, 2016. The holiday has been introduced for the purpose of “celebrating a day which offers people the opportunity to come close to mountains and appreciate the benefits of mountains.” August 11 will become a national holiday to be known as “Mountain Day.” A national holiday related to mountains is the first of its kind in the world, and has attracted much interest both at home and abroad.