WHAT IS THE “SILVER WEEK” IN JAPAN?
Silver Week is a series of consecutive holidays. It is introduced in the autumn depending on how the annual national holidays are arranged. During Silver Week, public transport is very crowded, which can affect the planned trip. This article will tell you about the Silver Week schedule, how to avoid the hype, as well as some of the places where tourists who bought an inexpensive autumn tour to Japan can enjoy their travels.
Silver Week does not happen every year. In September there are two national holidays, and if they line up correctly, this leads to Silver Week. These two national holidays are the Day of Honoring the Elders (the third Monday of September) and the Day of the Autumn Equinox (September 23).
The working day between these two holidays becomes a holiday. For example, if the Day of worshiping elders falls on Monday, and the Day of the Autumn Equinox – on Wednesday, Tuesday will also be considered a holiday. As a result, the festival “Silver Week” lasts five days, including Saturday and Sunday.
Last Silver Week was celebrated in 2015, the previous one – in 2009. The next Silver Week will be in 9 years, in 2026, and then in 2032 and 2037.
IMPORTANT MOMENTS OF THE SILVER WEEK FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TOUR TO JAPAN IN AUTUMN
During Silver Week, the Japanese go to their hometown to visit their relatives, or travel. Roads, trains, airports, landmarks will be excessively busy, so you need to carefully plan your route.
No matter what type of transport will be used during Silver Week, a meeting with the crowd is inevitable. Traffic jams can take a lot of time from tourists who decide to travel by car or bus. Those who take the train will be able to keep to their schedule, but the trip will be tedious, as you will probably have to stand in a crowded train. To save time and avoid the agiotage of Silver Week, you must pay for a reserved seat in the train or buy a plane ticket. In this popular travel period, prices will be inflated, so it is recommended to book tickets in advance.
Since many people will depart from Tokyo to their hometowns, roads in the direction from the capital to the provinces will be loaded in the first half of Silver Week. In the second half – a large number of Japanese will move in the opposite direction. If you keep this in mind, you can avoid the busy traffic while traveling.
The movement on the last day of Silver Week and the last day of other similarly long holidays is less congested. Perhaps the Japanese want to rest on the last day of their vacation, or they need to prepare for the next working day.
WHERE TO GO TO TOURISTS, BUYED AUTUMN TOURS TO JAPAN
A place where the leaves turn yellow earlier than anywhere else in Japan (Daisetsu Mountain, Hokkaido)
Japan is rich in many scenic spots, and rest in the autumn is worth spending where you can enjoy superb natural landscapes. In late September, the autumn foliage has not yet gained bright golden shades. Nevertheless, it is possible to enjoy the rich autumn colors in the north, where the temperature on the hill quickly decreases. It is said that on the mountain Daisetsu the earliest fall foliage in the country, and it can be seen from mid-September to early October. To the top of the mountain can be reached by cable car. Tourists with a high level of physical fitness can climb to the top on foot, admiring the scenic view.
The opportunity to relax in the hot spring bath (Sinhotaka, Gifu)
The Sinhotaka cable car is known as a place where visitors can admire the autumn foliage covering the mountain range. At the intermediate station, you can also plunge into the bath in the open air, contemplating amazing mountain scenery.
By purchasing the Refreshing Pack for 3,900 yen, you can save. It includes: a return ride on the cable car (2,900 yen), food and drinks (2,900 yen) and a permit to visit the open-air bath (600 yen).
One of the three great Edo festivals (Nezu Jinja Reitaisai, Tokyo)
Nezu Jinja Reitaisai is a historical festival in the temple “Nezu”, which is visited by 30 thousand people a year. At the event, you can see traditional dances, as well as “Mikos” (portable decorated sacred palanquins). Street tents stretch along the entire festival area. Travelers who decide to spend the autumn in Japan and attend the Edo festival will be able to fully enjoy the noisy holiday atmosphere.
Silver Week, however, as well as the whole autumn, is an ideal season for traveling. Tourists who plan to buy a trip to Japan in the fall should come to the Land of the Rising Sun at this time.