The Golden Week is a seven-day event in Japan dating back to 1948 that contains four national holidays. The week becomes one of the country’s three busiest vacation seasons, located next to weekends. The holidays that make up the Golden Week are:

April 29
Shōwa no Hi (Shōwa Day)
Former Emperor Shōwa was born on this day and reigned as Japan’s ruler from 1926 until his death in 1989. Originally, Greenery Day was observed on this day until 2006.

May 3
Kenpo kinenbi (Constitution Day)
The new constitution after World War II took effect on this day in 1947. The event is celebrated to remember Japan’s past and learn more about its government.

May 4
Midori no Hi (Greenery Day)
Greenery Day was created to honor Emperor Shōwa and his love of nature. Many parks and gardens in Japan, including Rikugien Garden and the Ueno Zoo, offer free entrance on this day.

May 5
Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day)
On this day, families pray for their boys’ health and future wealth by displaying samurai figures and hanging koinobori (flying carp kites), both symbolizing strength, power, and success. This day is also known as Tango no Sekku (Boys’ Festival).

With such a long line of vacations, there is a lot to do in one week. This year, how would you celebrate Golden Week?