The first national holiday during Golden Week is April 29, which was the birthday of Shouwa Emperor. Now, this day is called showa-no-hi (Showa Day). The second holiday is kenpou-kinen-bi (Constitution Memorial Day), May 3. Then, May 4 is called midori-no-hi (Greenery Day).
The last holiday during Golden Week is kodomono-hi (Children's Day) on May 5. It's also Japanese Boy's Festival called tango-no-sekku and is a day to pray for healthy growth of boys. It's a Japanese tradition for families of boys to hang up carp streamers (koinobori) outside their houses around this holiday. Carps are believed to symbolize successes in children's lives. Also, samurai dolls called gogatsu ningyo (May Dolls) are displayed in their houses.
May is usually a pleasant season to travel in Japan. Try to plan a trip to Japan after Golden Week. It is much better.
Golden Week - Japanese National Holidays
- April 29: Showa-no-hi (Showa Day)
- May 3 : Kenpou-kinen-bi (Constitution Memorial Day)
- May 4 : Midori-no-hi (Greenery Day)
- May 5 : Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day)