What is Golden Week that all Japanese Look Forward to?

  • The “Golden Week” (ゴールデンウィーク) is a week wherein Japanese get 4 national holidays out of 7 days. This happens annually, within April 29 to May 5. The Golden week is one of Japan’s busiest holiday seasons.

    APRIL 29: Shōwa no Hi (昭和の日)

    This picture is Emperor Shōwa’s younger days as an emperor.
    This national holiday honors the birthday of the Shōwa Emperor, Hirohito — the reigning emperor of Japan from 1926 to 1989.

    MAY 3: Kenpō Kinenbi (憲法記念日)

    Kenpō Kinenbi, also known as Constitution Memorial Day, is a day in celebration of the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan.

    MAY 4: Midori no Hi (みどりの日)

    Greenery Day is a day to commune with nature and to be thankful for blessings. Greenery Day was supposedly celebrated on April 29. But in 2007, April 29 became the Shōwa no Hi and the Greenery Day was moved to May 4.

    MAY 5: Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日)

    Also known as Children’s day, it is a Japanese national holiday which takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month. It is a day to celebrate the happiness of all children and to respect their personalities.

    Golden Week is a time when Japanese people take a vacation and travel around the country, or even abroad. During this week, tourist attractions in Japan are more crowded. Also, train stations and airports are very crowded that’s why transportation is very difficult during this time. Many big factories close down for a week to 10 days, giving their employees a chance to take a break and relax. It is also a time wherein families spend quality time together. It is a very pleasant time of the year.