In this article, we will see how to convert the date from one timezone to another.

Timezones are regions of the world with the same standard time. In Java, timezones are represented by the ZoneId class. In Java, we have a list of timezone identifiers that can be used to specify the source and destination time zones for conversions.

In Java 8, we have a ZonedDateTime class in the java.time package and using which we can convert a date from one timezone to another.

  • Create an ZonedDateTime object representing the source date and its timezone using the of() method and the appropriate ZoneId identifier.
  • Using the withZoneSameInstant() method we can convert the ZonedDateTime object to the desired destination timezone. This method ensures that the converted date remains the same instant in time.
  • Format the converted date using the DateTimeFormatter class to get the desired display format.

Following is an example of how to convert the Datetime from one timezone to another

import java.time.LocalDateTime;
import java.time.ZoneId;
import java.time.ZonedDateTime;
import java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter;

public class TimeZoneConverter {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Define the source date and timezone
        LocalDateTime sourceDateTime =;
        ZoneId sourceTimeZone = ZoneId.of("America/New_York");

        // Convert the source date to the destination timezone
        ZoneId destinationTimeZone = ZoneId.of("Asia/Tokyo");
        ZonedDateTime destinationDateTime = sourceDateTime.atZone(sourceTimeZone).withZoneSameInstant(destinationTimeZone);

        // Format the destination date as per the desired pattern
        DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
        String formattedDate = destinationDateTime.format(formatter);

        // Print the converted and formatted date
        System.out.println("Converted Date (Asia/Tokyo): " + formattedDate);

In the above example, we specified the destination timezone as “Asia/Tokyo” using the ZoneId class. The source date is converted to the destination timezone by using the atZone() and withZoneSameInstant() methods of the ZonedDateTime class.

We used the ofPattern() method in the DateTimeFormatter class to convert the date to a desired format i.e. “yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss“.


Q1: How can I obtain a list of available timezones in Java?

A: You can use the ZoneId.getAvailableZoneIds() method to retrieve a set of all available timezone identifiers in Java.

Q2: Can I convert dates between any timezones using Java’s timezone conversion techniques?

A: Yes, Java provides extensive support for conversions between various timezones. You can specify the desired source and destination timezones using the appropriate ZoneId identifiers.

Q3: Are timezone conversions affected by daylight saving time?

A: Yes, when converting dates between timezones, Java’s timezone conversion techniques consider daylight saving time which ensures accurate conversions even when transitioning between standard time and daylight saving time.

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