The Golden Week is one of the busiest vacation seasons in Japan. It is a seven-day Japanese event that includes four national holidays, namely:

April 29
Shōwa no Hi (Shōwa Day)
Japan’s first ruler, Emperor Shōwa, was born on this day. He ruled over Japan from 1926 until his death in 1989.

May 3
Kenpo kinenbi (Constitution Day)
On this day in 1947, the new law system was signed following World War II. This is also a holiday to learn more about Japan’s history and government.

May 4
Midori no Hi (Greenery Day)
Emperor Shōwa’s love of nature inspired the creation of Greenery Day. Several parks and gardens in Japan provide free entry on this day.

May 5
Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day)
Families display samurai figurines and hang koinobori (flying carp kites) to pray for their sons’ health and future success on this day. Tango no Sekku (Boys’ Festival) is also celebrated on Children’s Day.

There is much to do in a single week. How would you celebrate Golden Week this year?