Golden Week a cluster of holidays from late April to early May

In “May, for many a month for mothers and many celebrations” you could read that for the European citizens the month of Spring brings a lot of holidays. In Japan it is also such a month full of holidays and the same as here there are gaps in between meaning that they never really get a literal week of holidays.

In Japan they have Showa Day (April 29), referring to the birthday of previous Emperor Showa (known to most non-Japanese as Hirohito, Japan’s Imperial ruler during World War II); Constitution Memorial Day (May 3) for the ratification of Japan’s new post-war constitution; Greenery Day (May 4); and Children’s Day (May 5).

Greenery Day was originally on April 29th, as the former Emperor Showa was a lover of nature and a fan of plants and flowers.

However, thanks to an obscure law, May 4th must be treated as a holiday since it falls between two other national holidays. In any case, Greenery Day was moved and April 29th was renamed. {Celebrate: Golden Week 2016}

Such holidays in Japan mean that the roads get congested; plane and bus tickets get sold out; hotels fully booked (and prices raised). As in Europe such days of festivities mean you can expect crowds at most tourist spots.

But many Japanese professionals are so busy that even though they have paid holidays, they either don’t or can’t really use them, so public holidays are the best chances for them to travel. Some avoid the Golden Week crowd by travelling overseas, though.

golden week madness train station crowds tokyo

Read more about it:

  1. Tokyo Cheapo’s Tips for Avoiding the Golden Week Crowd in Tokyo
  2. Golden Week Holidays, a truly golden time
  3. Japan Diaries: Showa Day (Golden Week)
  4. Goden Week by Jennifer Bachdim
  5. Golden Week by Japan 39etc
  6. Golden Week 3
  7. Golden Week Starts with Great Weather
  8. Golden Week Nothings
  9. Golden Week Day 1: Chichibu
  10. Avoiding crowds during Golden Week
  11. Celebrate: Golden Week 2016
  12. Japan Diaries: Greenery Day (Golden Week)
  13. Episode 53: Edgar’s Adventures!
  14. The blue sensation at Hitachi Seaside Park
  15. For Golden Week, I’ll Blog Every Single Day!
  16. Bugaku & Traditional Weddings at Meiji Shrine
  17. Hong Kong warning icons
  18. Inner Mongolia Trip part 1 | Great sights but . . . NEVER AGAIN ! | Golden Week Holidays in China !
  19. Inner Mongolia Trip part 2 | Wudang Temple | Golden Week Holidays in China !
  20. Inner Mongolia Trip part 3 | Gobi Desert + Dschinghis Khan Mausoleum | Golden Week Holidays in China !
  21. 中国的黄金周 – China’s Golden Week
  22. 兵马俑土地 – The Land of Terracotta
  23. Golden Week: Kyushu~! The JR Kyushu International Student Pass
  24. Golden Week: Kyushu~! Day One: Train-hopping from Fukuoka to Miyazaki
  25. Golden Week: Kyushu~! Day Two: Absorbing the ashes of a volcano
  26. Golden Week: Kyushu~! Day Three: Catching ferries and climbing bridges


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6 responses to “Golden Week a cluster of holidays from late April to early May

  1. About 83,000 Japanese are expected to visit South Korea during the Golden Week holiday, and the local hospitality scene and retailers are ready to welcome them, the state tourism agency here said Wednesday.

    The number of Japanese expected to visit South Korea during Golden Week, a combination of public holidays that lasts from April 25 to May 6, is up 3.1 percent from a year earlier, the Korea Tourism Organization said.

    The number of Japanese travelers grew 2.5 percent on-year in March, the first such rise in three years, it said.

    The KTO said it will hold a series of events to welcome the incoming visitors at Gimpo International Airport in western Seoul between Friday and Saturday.

    It will provide photo services for Japanese tourists with characters from the popular mobile application “Line Friends” as well as Korean tourism mascots, and calligraphers will write their names in Korean characters.

    The KTO said it will offer 24-hour phone translation service for individual Japanese travelers and provide information on regional tours during the period. (Yonhap)


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