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Touring during Golden Week

Tel Aviv, Israel
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Touring during Golden Week

We are considering doing a self-guided first-time tour to Japan. Our schedules allow for arrival in Tokyo on 21 April 2019 and departure from Tokyo on 9 May 2019. I understand that Golden Week holidays falling during a portion of this time period. Do you suggest avoiding this time period entirely because of this? Or can we work around Golden Week to minimize the challenge of touring during that busy period?

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1. Re: Touring during Golden Week

I think you can also move in the Golden Week(GW), but it would be better if you can stay in Tokyo or in Kyoto/Osaka during the GW. If you can, no problem

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2. Re: Touring during Golden Week


Please refer to the details about 2019.

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3. Re: Touring during Golden Week

Travelling and touring during GW is usually no more difficult than other times of the year (with the exception of NY and Obon). There are some days that are more busy, but with a longer holiday the pressure on the transport system is not as great. I travel every year in golden week and it doesn't have much impact on my schedules or planning, not to the extent that it is particularly noticeable other than higher prices charged in some locations.

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