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Golden Week holidays start amid post-COVID tourism boom, weak yen


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"I'm worried that the cost of souvenirs will be higher" 

So don't buy any. Save money, and pointless wasteful packaging.

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More than twenty years here and I never traveled during the Golden Week. There are better periods than that

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I want to enjoy a night safari,

So, you imagine lions roaring at night with hyenas and buffalo on the Serengeti. But then, "before leaving for Singapore."

It's the zoo.

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It's also peak time for home invasions/robberies. There's been a rash of burglaries in my neighborhood recently.

I saw a very shady guy in the neighborhood going house to house knocking on doors in the guise of a "house handyman" today. He got riled when I started taking photos of him, and I reported him to the nearby Koban.

Golden Week is an easy opportunity for criminals.

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So glad my flight is a few weeks away. Well after this chaos. An airport is stressful enough but at golden week forget it.

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As a business we offer alternatives from this herd mentality.

Financial incentives, annual leave flex, WFH, flex hours.

Our customers don't shut down for golden week.

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@moonraker, LOL! Exactly what I was thinking. Maybe she can follow it up by seeing the Mona Lisa and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Ohtsuka Art Museum in rural Tokushima.

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So, you imagine lions roaring at night with hyenas and buffalo on the Serengeti. But then, "before leaving for Singapore."

It's the zoo.

Only the very wealthy with a lot of time on their hands can afford trips to Africa.

The Singapore Zoo and their "night safari" are world famous, and the next best thing. Affordable and fun holiday from Japan.

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Only the very wealthy with a lot of time on their hands can afford trips to Africa.

That is totally fine, but to call a Zoo a “Night Safari” out of context in a news article is confusing.

Sort of like saying “I am going to India” when in reality you are going to an Indian restaurant.

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I never go anywhere in GW. Crowds.

I’m back at work on Tuesday.

Too many people. Crowds.

It’s never a week. More like Golden Three Days. Rest is weekends. Meanies.

Prices seem to miraculously inflate during GW. Surprise Surprise. Not.

Did I mention Crowds?
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As someone working from home I usually buy food and bunker up at home during golden "week". Sadly for some reason my kids preschool has decided to have a school trip to Kyoto tomorrow, so I guess I'll be joining in on the fun of being stuck in traffic.

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GW is the time to stay away from all public place like all public holidays, home and the bottle with some old records is your best bet.

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Japan's Golden Week has never made a lick of sense to me. Firstly, it's not a consecutive period of holidays; people are off for what, 2-3 days then back to work for a few days, then off again? How does one plan a proper holiday around such an absurd schedule? Secondly, if everyone is taking their hols at the same, it's just unreasonable, uncomfortable, and unenjoyable because roads are jam-packed with cars, prices for hotels and flights skyrocket, and everywhere is busy and crowded. Even cities and businesses suffer because of overcrowding, noise pollution, rowdy out-of-towners etc. Why not just give people proper amount of paid time off and let them holiday whenever it suits them?

Also, for commenters whingeing about the interviewee stating that they wanted to go to "a night safari", that's literally the name of the zoo in Singapore, which is world-famous for being the first nocturnal zoo in the world. The article just forgot to capitalise the words to make a it a name. That combined with probably a poor translation may have resulted in confusion. It should have said, "I want to enjoy The Night Safari in Singapore" or "Singapore's Night Safari".

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As a Tour Driver in New Zealand, Golden Week was our last 70hour week before the Tourist Season went into Winter Mode.

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Golden Week is an easy opportunity for criminals.

Huh? Crime in Japan? You are joking right?

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LOL best comments this morning.

gw is good for bbq at home garden today sunny day here,beers are in fridge already,no travel anywhere,just relax at home with family...

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I never do anything on Golden Week.

I always have less work days in March, meaning my paycheck is always much lower in April. Kafunsho is also still in full effect. I would rather enjoy my time off without having to be endlessly sneezing.

Tbh, I'm really not a big fan of only getting less than a weeks worth of discretionary paid holidays a year, and having the government essentially choose what days I can and can't have off. I would much rather do fun things in the Autumn.

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"Huh? Crime in Japan? You are joking right?"

Yubaru, I presume your comment was facetious.

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