When I was living in Japan, one of the most anticipated holiday seasons was Golden Week.
Spanning from April 29th to May 5th, this week-long break is a time when locals enjoy consecutive holidays, providing an excellent opportunity to dive into the culture and explore the country.
Golden Week is a fantastic time to attend local festivals and events held throughout Japan. In Tokyo, you can join the locals for cherry blossom viewing or have a picnic in parks like Ueno or Yoyogi.
In Kamakura (about an away from Tokyo), you can stroll through streets with a historic atmosphere, reminiscent of the "Kamakura Period".
Or if you find yourself in the Kansai region, take some time to visit Kyoto and Nara, where you can immerse yourself in more of Japan's rich history and culture.
However, be prepared for the fact that tourist spots can be quite crowded during Golden Week! To avoid the crowds, plan your itinerary in advance, and book tickets and accommodation nice and early. You might also want to explore lesser-known local attractions, which can offer unique experiences away from the crowds. Simple things like visiting a nearby park or taking part in a local event can be a delightful way to make the most of your Golden Week in Japan.
No matter how you choose to spend your Golden Week, embrace the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating culture and stunning landscapes that Japan has to offer.