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What is Golden Week in Japan?

What is Golden Week in Japan?

You may have heard of Golden Week but what exactly is it? And why is it one of the busiest time of the year in Japan?

Golden Week is basically a few public holidays grouped together within a span of roughly 1 week. The holidays comprised are:

  • APRIL 29 Showa Day: Honoring the Emperor Hirohito.
  • MAY 3 Constitution Memorial Day: Celebrates the Constitution of Japan in 1947.
  • MAY 4 Greenery Day: Originally to celebrate the Emperor's Birthday, but the name was changed to reflect the Emperor's love of plants.
  • MAY 5 Childrens Day: Otherwise known as "Boys day". Celebrates children's personalities and happiness.
Since it is one of the longest holiday periods in the year, most people in Japan use this time to return home to visit their families or go travelling. This makes Golden Week a very busy time on Japan's trains, buses, roads and flights.

So if you are considering coming to Japan around Golden Week, we suggest you plan ahead and book your accommodation early as well as reserving your train tickets where possible.

Golden Week is here! And to celebrate we are taking 15% off every item in the store. Why not take the opportunity to stock up on some Furikake or get that Onigiri box you've always wanted.

Use the code GW2017 during checkout to receive your discount.

All orders placed after 1:00PM (JST) 2nd May will be processed and shipped on Monday, 8th May.

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