Golden Week

Golden week is a collection of four national holidays happening within seven days. It is one of Japan’s busiest holidays besides New Years Day and the Obon week. Many Japanese citizens take paid leave for that week, and some companies also closes down completely and give their employees time off. Golden Week is the longest vacation period of the year for many.

Days celebrated in Golden Week:

Showa Day (Showa on hi) April 29th:
This day is the birthday fof former Emperor Showa, who died in 1989. Before 2007. April 2007 was known as Greenery Day (Which is now Celebrated on May 4th). It is also a day to reflect on the Showa era.

Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinenbi) May 3rd:
A national holiday celebrating the new constitution that came in effect in 1947 after World War 2.

Greenery Day (Midori no hi) May 4th:
This day is dedicated to the environment and nature, because the emperor loved plants and nature. This day used to be celebrated on April 29th until 2006.

Children’s day (Kodomo no hi) May 5th:
The Boy’s festival (Tango no Sekku) is celebrated on this day. Families pray for their son’s health and future success by hanging up streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both to symbolize strength, power and success in life.

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So you are a tourist in Japan and wondering what you can do during Golden Week. Let’s have a look and see what the Japanese and tourist do during Golden Week.

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 covers some of these and many more from a tourist’s viewpoint – http://goo.gl/IUQizP

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/fhzG6B), go to the beach, clubbing at club hot spots around the city, visit onsens (Read more here – http://goo.gl/YEkzbX) go to movies… the choices are endless.

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/V6pJF5

Interested in more ideas? Here is an article that tells you more: http://goo.gl/GTyBkt

There are a few problems on Golden Week. The biggest is that traveling in Japan will be rather slow at times because of all the Japanese citizens and the visitors and tourists from all over the world traveling around as well, 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?