Golden week is big consecutive holidays which have some national holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May in Japan.
Golden week contains Midori-no-hi (Greenery Day) on April 29th, Kenpou-kinen-bi (Constitution Memorial Day) on May 3rd, and Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day) on May 5th. These national holidays and Saturday and Sunday connect well, and it causes Golden week.
This year’s Golden week has started since on Saturday 29th. Unfortunately, May 1st and 2nd are Monday and Tuesday, so Golden week in this year have 5 holidays at least. On the other hand some companies or people are lucky since they have 9 holidays which is the longest Golden week in this year.
It is difficult to have long vacation except the Bon holiday period in mid-August and New Year in Japanese society. Even if you use paid vacation in Japan, it would be hard to take 2 or 3 weeks vacation.
Considering the above fact, everyone has the same holidays at the same timing in Japan. Consequently, amusement parks, movie theaters, shopping centers, sightseeing spots and wherever people have fun would be crowded badly even if you want to use your rare days calmly. Also, traffic congestion is terrible at this term in Japan. People definitely would be stuck among cars.
I am planning to go to Hanami in the middle of Akita. Although cherry blossoms are already fallen in western Japan and Tokyo area, it is good time to see cherry blossoms in northern Japan.