The Golden week ( GW ) is coming ! did you hear about that ? In japan, the GW is a collection of 4 national holidays within 7 days. GW is considering as one of the most Japanese's busiest holiday' seasons, besides New year and Obon week in august. Transportation ( shinkansen, trains ) airports and sightseeing spots get very crowed during these days. If you are looking for accommodation during the GW, you should book in advance in the tourist areas.
The national holidays making up the GW are :
- April 29 : Showa day ( showa no hi )
celebration of the birthday of former emperor showa, who died in the year1989
- May 3 : Constitution day ( Kenpo kinenbi )
the new postwar constitution was put on effect in 1947.
- May 4 : Greenery day ( Midori no hi )
the day is dedicated to the environment and nature, because the emperor loves nature and plants.
- May 5 : Children's day ( kodomo no hi )
The boy's Festival ( Tango no sekku ) is celebrated on this day. Families pray for the health and future success of their sons by hanging up carps streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both symbolizing strength, power and success in life.
Also GW is an excellent time to visit Kyoto and walk around the city with a kimono. The temperature outside is still really cool and you can access to plenty of beautiful temples during this season.
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