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Golden Week wraps up as travelers return home

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At a very crowded Kawaguchiko Station, I watched a female station attendant responsible for coordinating bus arrivals and departures yell at foreign tourists walking in the path of the buses. “No, no, no! Bus only! Bus only!”

Local buses in the area were packed to capacity — often just passing bus stops that had people wanting to board.

I spoke to a couple of foreign tourist groups from Australia and the Netherlands, and not one knew about the Golden Week holiday before arriving in Japan.

Perhaps the Japan National Tourism Organization can do a better job at informing incoming tourists of domestic holiday periods to avoid congestion.

20 ( +25 / -5 )

Yes, I also noticed many bemused foreign tourists completely overwhelmed by Golden Week.

19 ( +20 / -1 )

Perhaps the Japan National Tourism Organization can do a better job at informing incoming tourists of domestic holiday periods to avoid congestion.

There are many things they can do even better but choose not to. Expect same thing happen next year.

-11 ( +10 / -21 )

That's it. It's all over. Got some meagre fun. Back to the grindstone. No more holidays till July. This is reality.

-10 ( +12 / -22 )

Now we have the worst stretch of the Japanese working year: end of Golden Week through to Marine Day weekend.

-4 ( +11 / -15 )

The stomach is churning. Is it gogatsubyo already? The dread.

-16 ( +6 / -22 )

Having traveled to quite a few countries, my wife and I would look up what was going on when. We usually wanted to see the holiday, the parade, the cosplay, or whatever. When we didn't, we'd book at another time. As for work, I know the feeling. Long stretches between day-off holidays. I don't want to think about it.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

I saw the prices of travelling and decided to just wait it out this year and take days off elsewhere. First day back to work and it's raining, a great way to start off this long stretch but don't let it get to you! Hope everyone had a lovely holiday!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Came home from work last Friday and there was a car with a わ number plate sitting square in the middle of my driveway, not a person in sight. It turns out that a tourist had parked there to walk around to look for a house that was selling pottery. I know this because I parked behind them and locked my car. So many people go on tours and leave their brains at home...........

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I spoke to a couple of foreign tourist groups from Australia and the Netherlands, and not one knew about the Golden Week holiday before arriving in Japan.

Even inbound flights into Japan during the Golden Week period were double to triple the price than usual rates. Any person that looks at a flight rates calendar would see this and question why these dates were so expensive. That is unless money is no object to them.

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Yes, I also noticed many bemused foreign tourists completely overwhelmed by Golden Week.

Good, hopefully they'll tell their friends and they won't come back!

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

I always avoided Golden week for holidays.

Many yens saved for later standard holidays and more peaceful time.

Lucky price of shinkansen do not change during that week because I still had to go back home. The standing up was bearable for one half four in the train.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

this GW was a relaxing one.

nothing hurry.nice weather ,sunny days.

from today back to real life again...

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I love Golden Week in Tokyo it is so quiet and peaceful this is truly my favorite time to stay home and relax.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

GW holidays doesn't mean much to me. I have to work.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

It's an insult to both gold and weeks to call it that.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

So, we made it to the evening. Still three days to the weekend. Muscle memory has reconstituted the daily slog. The holiday has receded fast into the memory. Must make it to the next one. And so it goes on. Is this how it all ends: in some pointless job?

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