What is the true meaning of Golden Week in Japan?

Golden week covers the following public holidays:


April 29 – the Emperor’s Birthday, Greenery Day, Showa Day

May 3 – Constitution Memorial Day

May 4 – Citizen’s Holiday, Greenery Day

May 5 – Children’s Day or Boy’s Day



The Citizen’s holiday is a generic term for an official holiday. May has been Japan’s Labour Thanskgiving Day which is a holiday with a similar purpose. When a public holiday lands on a Sunday, the next day is not already a holday becomes a holidays fall for that year. Compensation Holiday is held on either April 30 or May 6.


Many Japanese nationals take paid time off during this holiday, and some companies are closed down completely and give their employees time off. Golden Week is the longest vacation period of the year for many Japanese jobs. Two other Japanese holidays are observed for most or all of a week: Japanese New Year in January and Obon Festival in August. Golden Week is an extremely popular time to travel. Flights, trains, and hotels are often fully booked despite significantly higher rates at this time. Popular destinations in Asia, Guam, Saipan, Hawaii, and major cities on the West Coast of North America (such as Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, and Vancouver), and many European and Australian cities are visited during these holidays by huge numbers of Japanese tourists.


Here are some activities that you can truly enjoy during the Golden Week holiday!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS mga kababayan!



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