Golden Week (GW), one of a few of Japan’s holiday periods where we have a national holiday on 29 Apr followed by 3 holidays in a row in the beginning of May. And when Saturday and Sunday are located between (or the beginning/end of) these holidays, we Japanese people can enjoy a longer holiday, that could go on for a week or up to 10 days. And many office workers are ‘allowed’ to use their paid holidays to make it a long holiday, then touristic spots get packed.
29 Apr – Showa Day （Former Emperor’s (1901-1989) birthday)
03 May – Constitution Day
04 May – Greenery Day
05 May – Children’s Day
Though Governors of big cities insisted that people should not go out during GW to prevent the spread of COVID-19, people are fed up with staying at home!
Fortunately, I ran a couple of tours to Takachiho Gorge and Mt Aso during Golden Week this time. The first one was on 3rd May, in the middle of GW. What I saw there at Takachiho Gorge and Mt Aso was lots of tourists! Not only Japanese but also some foreigners who should be living in Japan were seen here and there. I had expected that people would not go out being scared of the further spread of the virus, but they didn’t seem to be worried about that. Yes, we are Japanese who are well disciplined not to bother anyone around. WE believe we can get through this by wearing a mask and frequent hand washing, until the vast majority of us get vaccinated.
03 May – Takahiho & Mt Aso tour
The second tour was run on 6 May, which was for a family.
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In March, I was lucky enough to have run a couple of tours for 2 foreigner-groups who live in Japan. A 2-day Gokanosho tour and a Takachiho & Mt Aso tour.
Takachiho & Mt Aso tour
Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to do any tour in April though, I’m supposed to do a couple of Takachiho & Mt Aso tours in May.
I haven’t got vaccinated yet, but I’ve been very careful not to get infected with COVID by wearing a mask and washing my hands frequently. Luckily enough, we haven’t had anyone tested positive to COVID here in Gokanosho (approx. 250 people).
If you would like to join a guided tour, Text/Call me. I am available here. I would be pleased to be of help to you.
Japan has reduced the 5-scale Volcanic Alert Level from 2 down to 1 which is the lowest, following the constant monitoring and surveys done after its last biggest eruption occurred in Aug 2014.
Hopefully, we will be able to go up to view the beautiful crater at Naka-dake, one of the five peaks that comprises Mt Aso, soon after everything is clear. According to the report, the road, cable car and evacuation shelters have been badly damaged and should take a while to restore everything as what they used to be.