Last week we looked at Golden Week but this week we look at how Japanese Citizens as well as tourists from other countries spend the holiday.
Tourists from other countries have a lot of choices. They can visit the many shrines in Japan, or throw down a blanket and watch the cherry blossoms, visit the imperial Palace, do dolphin watching, explore one of the many awesome Japanese Islands, or visit Museums… Let’s read this article that cover some of these and many more from a tourist’s viewpoint – http://goo.gl/XEVf0I
Besides doing basically everything a tourist will do from another country, Japanese will also travel overseas for holiday. Places like Bali, Taiwan and Hawaii are popular holiday spots for Japanese. As explained in this news clipping: http://goo.gl/OKJZLR.
Japanese also take the trains and go on outings like to many events that are held all over Japan, have barbecues, play video games at net cafes (Some interesting facts about net cafes here – http://goo.gl/QtpQyN), go to the beach, clubbing at club hot spots around the city, visit Onsens (Read more here – http://goo.gl/cV5mCm) go to movies… the choices are endless.
Here is an article that tells you more: http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/20-things-to-do-on-golden-week-in-Japan
There are a few problems on Golden Week. The biggest is that travelling in Japan will be rather slow at times because of all the Japanese travelling around as well and the visitors and tourists from all over the world, so make sure you have a picnic basket to fight off any traffic jams that might occur. Another thing is to know that trains, hotels and tourist attractions will be crowded too so it is wise to remember that prevention and preparation are the best policy in such a busy time.
But let’s be honest, the whole country will be filled with the warm fuzzy holiday feel, so Golden Week sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?