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2024 Golden Week Guide: Everything You Need to Know

The 2024 Golden Week in Japan is right around the corner. What is Golden Week? When is it happening? Should I visit Japan during Golden Week?


In this guide, we answer all your questions about Golden Week, what to do, what to see, and some travel reminders to keep you in the loop.


Golden Week is a sequence of 4 national holidays—all happening within 7 days. Typically, this week-long holiday occurs at the end of April and the start of May every year.



In 2024, the total number of days off will be 10, including the weekend before the official start of Golden Week and May 2 and 3, which are not official holidays. It will begin on April 27 (Saturday) and end on May 6 (Monday).



As one of the longest series of holidays in Japan, it is the perfect opportunity for locals to take some time off work. And what that usually means is that popular tourist spots around Japan tend to get crowded with local tourists.


Nevertheless, Golden Week is a great time to visit Japan since traditional festivals also take place. If you’re planning to visit Japan during these dates, this guide can help you prepare for your trip.




Japan Golden Week 2024 Schedule

The 2024 Golden Week starts on April 27 (Saturday) and ends on May 6 (Monday). If you’re visiting Tokyo, here are the dates of Golden Week:

  • April 27 - Saturday weekend

  • April 28 - Sunday weekend

  • April 29 - Showa Day

  • May 1 - no holiday (

  • May 2 - no holiday

  • May 3 - Constitution Memorial Day

  • May 4 - Greenery Day

  • May 5 - Children’s Day (observed on May 6)



Golden Week Festivals in Tokyo

Here are some festivals and events you can witness during Golden Week in Tokyo:


Wisteria Festival

Location: Ashikaga Flower Park

Dates: April 13 - May 12, 2024

Admission: 1,000 yen




Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Location: Yoyogi Park

Dates: April 21, 2024, 12 noon

Admission: Free


Ryogoku Nigiwai Festival

Location: Ryogoku Kokugikan

Dates: April 28 - 29, 2024

Admission: Free



Kameido Tenjin Wisteria Festival

Location: Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Dates: April 6 - 30, 2024

Admission: Free


Shiofune Kannon Azalea Festival

Location: Shiofune Kannon Temple 

Dates: Mid-April to early May

Admission: 300 yen


Odaiba Dinosaur Expo

Location: Fuji TV Headquarters, Odaiba 

Dates: March 20 - May 6, 2024

Admission: 2,200 yen



Meiji Shrine Spring Grand Festival

Location: Meiji Shrine

Dates: April 30 - May 6, 2024

Admission: Free


Kurayami Festival

Location: Okunitama Shrine

Dates: April 30 - May 6, 2024

Admission: Free


Ōme Grand Festival

Location: Ome City

Dates: May 2 - 3, 2024

Admission: Free



Cambodia Festival

Location: Yoyogi Park

Dates: May 3 - 4, 2024

Admission: Free


Tokyo Sea Life Park - Free Admission Day

Location: Kasai Rinkai Park

Dates: May 2024

Admission: Free


Ueno Toshogu Shrine Spring Peony Festival

Location: Ueno Toshogu Shrine

Dates: Mid-April to early May

Admission: 1,000 yen


Shiki no Kaori Rose Garden Festival

Location: Shiki no Kaori Rose Garden, Nerima, Tokyo

Dates: Late April to late May

Admission: Free



Golden Week 2024 Travel Tips

If this is your first time in Japan for Golden Week, remember some tips to help you have a smooth experience:

  • Make reservations ahead of time. Hotels, trains, flights, and tours get fully booked early. Be sure to plan your trip at least 2 months ahead.

  • Allow extra time for everything. Lines are longer during this time, so make sure to give ample time for everything you do, whether it’s paying at the counter or waiting in line at the train stations.

  • Be flexible. Some attractions might have too many people, more than they can accommodate. Be sure you have a backup plan.


Since Golden Week tends to be really crowded at every turn, consider activities like relaxing at a sauna or experiencing capsule hotels.

 

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