Best Things to Do during Golden Week in Tokyo 2021

10 Things You can’t Miss over Golden Week!!

Golden Week is a long weekend set in the end of April to the beginning of May. It’s the third longest holiday in Japan after Obon (summer) and New Years holidays.

Golden Week is usually around 5–7 days, and in 2021, it will be consecutive 5-day holiday from 1 to 5 May or longer for those who take paid holidays.

Golden Week is one of the busiest period of the year and there are many fun events held across Japan!! In this article, I’m sharing the best things to do and the special events you shouldn’t miss in Tokyo during Golden Week 2021!!

Important Note: Some of events and facilities are cancelled or closed due to COVID-19. Please check official websites before visiting.

1. Tokyo Tower 333 Carp Streamers

333 colourful carp streamers (Koinobori) are displayed at Tokyo Tower, celebrating Children’s Day (5th May). The photo-worthy carp streamers are lightened up by LED lights at night. You can enjoy this view till 9th May!

Date: 25 March to 9 May 2021

2. Tokyo Skytree Town Carp Streamer Festival 2021

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Tokyo Skytree Town celebrates Children’s Day with 1,000 colourful carp streamers displayed on the foot of Tokyo Skytree from 12 April to 9 May 2021. Food vendors, special events and attractions are also available for limited-time.

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3. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival

Enjoy the beautiful wisteria flowers at the historical shrine and the glorious Tokyo Skytree on the background!

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4. Bunkyo Azalea Festival at Nezu Shrine <<Cancelled>>

The traditional flower event, Bunkyo Azalea Festival is held at Nezu Shirne, Bunkyo-ward, Tokyo annually. Charming Azalea flowers can be enjoyed with the historical shrine site only till 6th May!

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5. Yoyogi Park Latin American Festival

Numbers of fun events are held at Yoyogi Park during Golden Week! Latin American Festival (3 & 4 May) is an international themed event, featuring lots of food and a fun performance.

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6. Flower Festival 2021

One of the largest parks in Tokyo, Showa Memorial Park hosts an annual spring event, Flower Festival from early April to late May. The event features a variety of spring flowers such as cherry blossoms, tulip, nemophila and poppy flouring colourfully at the vast park.

Date: 5 April to 30 May 2021

Hours: 9:30~17:00 (~18:00 on weekends and holidays)

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7. Niku Fes 2021 <<Cancelled>>

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One of the largest food festivals in Tokyo, the Meat Festival (Niku Fes) is held during the Golden Week period at Komazawa Olympic Park in Tokyo. The “borderless” food event features various meat dishes from different countries and genres. From premium Wagyu beef to plant-based meat substitutes, you can enjoy a variety of unique and delicious meat dishes at the venue.

Access: 10 mins walk from Komazawa Daigaku Station
Date: TBA
Hours: 10:00~21:00 (till 20:00 on the last day)

8. Disney’s Easter <<Cancelled>>

Tokyo DisneySea are hosting a special Easter event (Disney’s Easter) from late March to mid June. The event features Easter themed parades, decorations, food menu and merchandise.

Book online tickets to Tokyo Disney Resort!
-Tokyo Disneyland Tickets 1-Day 2-Day or Multi-Day Pass
-Tokyo DisneySea Tickets 1-Day 2-Day or Multi-Day Pass

More info about events at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea:

+ Flower Festivals near Tokyo

-Ashikaga Flower Park

After Cherry Blossoms, it’s all about Wisteria 😉 Don’t miss the biggest Wisteria garden near Tokyo!

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-Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Enjoy the pink field with Mt.Fuji! Fuji Shibazakura (Pink Moss) is welcoming full blooming time over Golden Week!

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-Nemophila Harmony

The famous flower park in Ibaraki prefecture, Hitachi Seaside Park (ひたち海浜公園)’s Nemophila flowers (baby blue eyes) are fully blooming during golden week!

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[Stay at Home]

During the Golden Week holidays in 2021, many people have to enjoy the days inside their houses due to the influence of coronavirus. So what to do?? Here are recommended things you can do at home!

Thanks for reading! Which 2021 Golden Week events are you interested most?? If you are travelling in Japan in May for the future, here are some more articles for you to check out 🙂

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