After four months of hard slog since the New Year break, most Japanese can now kick back and enjoy the current Golden Week holidays. A rather aptly named spot of time off, as prices for flights and hotels double at the very least, shamelessly shafting the millions of people trying to make the most of this short vacation.
Still, why worry about money when the chance of a stress-relieving holiday presents itself? Yet whilst getting away from it all is arguably more important than financial concerns, it’s a pity that the actual getting away part is such a hassle.
Certainly doing battle at the airport is not for the faint-hearted.
There again, a journey on a shinkansen may be even worse, seat occupancy ranging from a decidedly uncomfortable 130%, to a quite frankly bloody awful 180%. Statistics that mean sights like the one below will be reserved solely for those who manage to push and prod their way on to the carriage first.
Yet being crammed and crushed on a train for several hours may well be preferable to traveling by car, with several routes out of Tokyo inflicting over 50-kilometre traffic jams on heroic holidaymakers yesterday.
That said, when they all eventually reach their destinations, it’ll at last be rest and relaxation time. A few days to idle away with the masses of other want-away workers and holiday-starved sightseersâ€¦
“A few days to idle away with the masses of other want-away workers and holiday-starved sightseersâ€¦” before turning around and fighting the crowds back to home…
All the freaky people make the beauty of the world
Yep, the robots are at it again.
it looks like home (L.A.) on a normal day
I made it out to Taiwan during GW… because it was the only place I could get a plane ticket for less than 100% of the usual price… and in Taiwan there were ridiculous hordes of Japanese! So many, that speaking Japanese got me farther than speaking English during that trip.
fortunately each country’s golden weeks are different, or we can’t make travel plan.