Golden Week in Japan is a week-long holiday that lasts from the end of April to the beginning of May each year. The holiday week is actually a combination of four different holidays, strung together during the same week.
Golden Week in Japan
Golden Week, also called Ōgon Shūkan in Japanese, is a long holiday that runs from the end of April to the beginning of May. GW is often used as an abbreviation.
It’s not one long holiday, though. Instead, it’s a series of Japan holidays that happen one after the other.
Children’s Day Carp Streamers
Many people use this time off from work to travel or return to their hometowns. Trains and airports are very crowded during this holiday.
Why is it called Golden Week?
The Golden Week holidays were made official on July 20, 1948. The new long holiday had an impact on the number of moviegoers, and the movie production company Dai Nippon Eiga named it Golden Week.
Crowded Street in Shibuya, Tokyo
Can I Visit Japan During Golden Week?
Yes, you can visit Japan during Golden Week, but be ready for massive crowds. It’s a popular time for families to travel, so everywhere you go will be like the big game just let out.
Crowded Street in Harajuku, Tokyo
Since most of the country is on vacation, trains are crowded and tickets are hard to get.
Crowded Train in Japan