Lonely Planet Writer

It's Golden Week in Japan leading to a busy travel season around the country

As Japan marks Golden Week, airports, railway stations and more are packed with people travelling for the spring holiday season.

Billboards in Shinjuku's Kabuki-cho district. The area is a nightlife district known as Sleepless Town.
Billboards in Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho district. The area is a nightlife district known as Sleepless Town. Image by Luciano Mortula

Golden Week is four national holidays celebrated within a week, giving people in Japan time off work and leading to a busy travel season. This year, Showa Day is on 29 April, Constitution Day is on 3 May, Greenery Day in on 4 May and Children’s Day is on 5 May, according to Japan Guide.

Already airports, stations and roads in Japan are busy with people travelling for the holidays, reports Kyodo News. Narita International Airport is expecting a rise in departures over last year’s Golden Week, with 52,000 departures expected for today (Friday). Many people were also travelling home to assist relatives who were impacted by recent earthquakes.

Earlier this month, the Japan Times reported that a record high number of people – 23.9 million – are expected to make overnight trips during the holiday period. According to Japan Today, about 650,000 Japanese people will head abroad. People who take off 2 and 6 May from work will have a 10-day vacation to travel.

Tourist attractions are expected to be busy with people celebrating the holidays.