What’s Golden Week? 7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Japanese Holidays

What's Golden Week? 7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Japanese Holidays

Japan’s Golden Week is a week of successive National Holidays. It starts off on April 29 and ends at May 5. Japanese look forward to this weeklong holiday to plan family get together, join festivals and vacations. Golden Week was coined by Japanese film producers. It is the golden opportunity to release blockbuster films.



 

What’s Golden Week? 7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Japanese Holidays

 

1. Research in advance the exact start and end of the Golden week

It is vital to research on Golden Week in advance, the starting date of the Golden Week and when it ends. Golden week starts on April 29, Showa Day, mark on the date and on what day this falls on. And it ends on May 5, Children’s Day. In some cases the holiday does not end on May 5 but is extended a day more.

 

2. Make hotel reservations in advance

If you are planning to join or watch Golden Week festivities or planning a trip to an Onsen destination make hotel reservations in advance, one or two months before Golden Week if possible. This way you are assured of your bookings because hotels will be packed with local tourists. Make sure to have advance bookings.

 

3. Research about traffic congestion forecasts

Traveling around Japan can be a little nerve wrecking during Golden Week. Make sure to research in advance the places where most Japanese frequent during Golden Week and look at traffic forecast on these destinations. When in doubt, travel by rail. Trains are more efficient transport during this week as these go right on schedule.

 

4. Prepare to fall in long queues at popular spots

Expect long queues on almost everything during the Golden Week. Remember this a weeklong holiday for the Japanese. So expect long lines on bus or train stations, restaurants, on tourist spots, movie houses, nightclubs and bars. When in Japan, do what the Japanese do, fall in line and wait for your turn patiently.

 

5. Be careful of traffic accidents

Although high speeds and racing are prohibited in Japan, there are occurrences of fortuitous events such as accidents. Because everybody is busy going to their own planned destination during Golden week accidents may happen and it’s best to be insured by international insurance agencies before planning the trip. Accidents and other mishaps do happen so pack a lot of common sense.

 

6. Be careful of food poisoning

Golden week falls between April and May, when the weather is neither too cold nor too warm but because some areas can be warmer than the other take caution in eating raw foods that aren’t properly cooled. Japanese take pride in their cleanliness especially in their food but there are cases of food poisoning because of climate conditions.

 

7. Prepare enough or extra time for each of the actions needed to execute your holiday plans

In joining the Japanese as they celebrate the Golden week, it is important to prepare in advance your itinerary and means of transportation. But because most transportation systems will be packed with people plan your trip with time allowances on going from one destination to another. Golden week is a national celebration which means heavy traffic and delays are to be expected.

 

Conclusion

Golden week is a celebration of life and nature in Japan. There are numerous festivals in all prefectures and cities that shouldn’t be missed. But it is also the week of leisure for most Japanese and joining them in their celebrations make Golden week the best time to visit Japan.

 

What’s Golden Week? 7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Japanese Holidays

1. Research in advance the exact start and end of the Golden week
2. Make hotel reservations in advance
3. Research about traffic congestion forecasts
4. Prepare to fall in long queues at popular spots
5. Be careful of traffic accidents
6. Be careful of food poisoning
7. Prepare enough or extra time for each of the actions needed to execute your holiday plans