Golden Week in Retrospect

It’s the “he” part of the blog team, reflecting on Golden Week 2017. My wife explained what Golden Week is in the last blog entry. I’m going to follow up with what we actually did, and what we learned.

First, there are a multitude of things going on in Tokyo during Golden Week. We spent most of our time in town, with one day trip a bit further away. Many of the things we did are traditional, so it is possible to look forward to them in years to come. Here are some highlights.

Nezu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Bunkyo, Tokyo, dating back to 1705. We visited during the annual Azalea Festival. Nice walk from Yanaka cemetery near Nippori station on the JR line.


Eko-in is a Buddhist temple in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Originating in 1657, today it continues to offer a resting place for any soul who did not leave relatives behind, including victims of natural disasters, prisoners, and animals.

Old Yasuda Garden, not far from Eko-in. Beautiful Japanese garden in the middle of busy Tokyo.

Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine. Adjacent to each other, a short walk from Harajuku Station. We saw a Cambodia festival, Caribbean festival and other celebrations.

Odaiba Island. Lot of activity, including beach games, Cinco de Mayo festival, and other celebrations.

Kameido Tenjin Shrine, beautiful grounds around this shrine. Wisteria Festival through May 5. Note for file – let’s go here in April next year, when the wisteria are probably at their peak.

Enoshima, a small island off the coast of Kanagawa Prefecture, about an hour and a half train ride from Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station. Known for Enoshima Shrine. Great day trip.

So many things to see and do in Tokyo! Golden Week gave us an opportunity to explore our adopted city and the area nearby. We look forward to more to come.

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My husband and I were both born and raised in Kansas, but for the past 20+ years we have been living in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, with our children grown and out of the house, we have the opportunity to spend two years living in Tokyo. My husband will be working with the Japanese counterpart to his American company.

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