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Golden Week: Events & Activities in Tokyo
Golden Week comes every year, but this year (in case you haven't heard) it's an extra-special holiday. Because Japan has named a new emperor, and because the calendar is especially cooperative, this year's holiday will span a full 10 days. That means a full 10 days off from work and school.
While sleeping in and enjoying the break may seem nice, there are also many Golden Week-specific activities taking place in and around Tokyo that you should experience! We've compiled a list of some of our favorites below. (Check last week's post for some more events happening soon!)
26 April through 19 May
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
A free musical theatre and opera festival near shopping, dining and a park? Sounds like a great way to spend your Golden Week. The kids will enjoy the productions of Hansel and Gretel, too!
27 April through 6 May
Futako - Tamagawa Rise
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Live music, shopping and workshops are joined by a magical train ride at this festival, which runs the length of Golden Week.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
What better day than Showa Day to visit the Showa Memorial Museum? The museum is dedicated to Japan in the period before and following World War II and is a great place to learn more about the country's history.
By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikipedia
30 April through 3 May
Beginning at 10 a.m.
The Meiji Spring Festival is held every year to coincide with Golden Week and features a ton of traditional performances, including yabusame (horseback archery) and noh.
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Greenery Day is a holiday meant to be spent enjoying mother nature. Shinjuku Gyoen has 140+ acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that make it easy to appreciate the outdoors.
Crown Prince Naruhito, Michel Temer - flickr.com
Congratulate the New Emperor
Imperial Palace Grounds
Begins around 10 a.m.
Before visiting the National Garden, don't miss a rare opportunity to visit the Imperial Palace grounds and send your congratulations to the new Emperor. He and his family will appear six times throughout the day to wave to the people from the palace. Show up early; it's expected to be crowded!
Katori Shrine, Kameido
Begins around 2 p.m.
Samurai dolls are a traditional gift on Children's Day; they are meant to symbolize the wished-for strength and success of male children. At the Kichiya Festival, you can watch a live procession of samurai, as well as a wooden sword demonstration! Stick around for the nearby wisteria festival, as well.
3 May through 6 May
11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Not only can you check out the many carp streamers designed by artists from all over the world, you can also go INSIDE a 25M long koinobori and design your own during this event. A perfect way to celebrate Children's Day!
Through 6 May
If you haven't gotten your carp streamer fill, it's always a good idea to check out the 333 koinobori at Tokyo Tower- one for every meter of height.
CareFinder is also offering a special Golden Week discount for new subscribers. With code GW2019, you can save 25% off your first month's service. That way you can relax and let one of our highly qualified sitters entertain the kids!