What exactly is Golden Week?

It’s almost Golden Week in Japan!

But what exactly is Golden Week?
Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク, “Gōruden Wīku”) is a week from April 29 to May 5 containing a rare collection of four Japanese national holidays.
The name is related to the old Japanese radio slang “golden time,” referring to the period with the highest listener ratings.

The national holidays making up the Golden Week are:
April 29 – Shōwa Day (昭和の日, “Shōwa no Hi”)
May 3 – Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日, “Kenpō Kinenbi”)
May 4 – Greenery Day (みどりの日, “Midori no Hi”)
May 5 – Children’s Day (こどもの日, “Kodomo no Hi”)
When one of the dates falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the following working day instead.

Since it is one of the longest vacation periods in the year for many workers in Japan, most people use this time to return home and visit their families or go travelling.

Golden Week is one of the busiest weeks: airports and train stations tend to be extremely crowded, and traffic jams are to be expected. Additionally, flight and accommodation prices are known to be particularly expensive during this time.

If you are considering coming to Japan around Golden Week, plan ahead and book your accommodation early! Also, booking your train tickets (where possible) is highly recommended.

Stay tuned for more to come!

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