Interested in visiting Tokyo, but don’t want to deal with the throngs of crowds?
Visit during Golden Week, a week at the end of April into May when four National Japanese Holidays have most of the city shut down for an entire week.
Locals head out of the city to their home towns during this time, leaving the city somewhat vacant and much quieter than usual.
Many tourists agree that visiting during this time is ideal for seeing all of the touristy attractions that are normally crowded.
See monuments, historical buildings, cherry blossom trees in bloom, and eat at the Fish Market and restaurants without competing for a table.
Be aware though – many businesses do shut down during this time, so you might not get to shop at all of the boutiques you want to visit, or go to some museums or attractions that you’ve been reading about.
The upside, however, is that many spots will be open and much, much more peaceful than normal.
Golden Week takes places between April 29 and May 5.
Photo source: Michael Stout