The Golden week is a combination of Japanese national holidays, starting from late April throughout beginning of May, and it is one of the busiest holiday seasons in Japan.


The national holidays making up the Golden Week are:

  1. Showa Day (Showa no hi)

Date: April 29th

The Birthday of former Emperor Showa, who died in 1989.


  1. Constitution Day (Kenpo kinenbi)

Date: May 3rd

On this day in 1947, the new postwar constitution was put into effect.


  1. Greenery Day (Midori no hi)

Date: May 4th

It is used to be celeberated on April 29th, the birth of of former Emperor Showa until 2006. This day is dedicated to the environment and nature, because the emperor loved plants and nature.


  1. Children’s Day (Kodomo no hi)

Date : May 5th

It is a festival for boys, and families pray for their health and future success by hanging up crap streamers (Koinobori), and displaying Samurai dolls (Kabuto), which symbolizes strength, power and success in life.


Normally, during the Golden Week season, all the public transports such as trains and airports are fully crowed, highways often experience traffic jams, and accommodation in tourist areas can get booked out quickly,

but this year might going to be different because of COVID-19, but it will be a good time to spend with families and play indoor activities such as card games, cooking together, watching movies etc.


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