Gearing up for Golden Week

So last year I ended up farting around for Golden Week for some reason. I think I went out a couple nights, and made a half-assed trip to Ueno zoo because it was free on children’s day.  I went to see the pandas, but I didn’t get to see the pandas because the wait was something ridiculous like four hours. So I had to make due with the other, less pandarific animals like monkeys and tigers and that, the ones I coulda seen in a box of animal crackers

I digress.

This year I refuse to be so lame. I’ve planned and booked a stupendous Golden Week Extravaganza to Hiroshima and Kyoto — two of the places I’ve really wanted to go since moving here.  I’ll finally get to knock number two off my list of the 7 things I wanted to do in Japan.

Geisha in Kyoto

See the Maiko-san!

And from Hiroshima I plan to go to Miyajjima, and see the big red floating Torii.


Miyajima Floating Torii

This Guy

And I want to do a whole bunch of other stuff too, but I don’t know what yet. Any suggestions???


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14 Responses to Gearing up for Golden Week

  1. Debbie says:

    You should go see a J-Pop or J-Rock concert around Tokyo :D

  2. Should be a lot of fun. My top 5 things to do in Kyoto are:

    Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion)
    Nijo Castle
    Heian Shrine

    In Hiroshima check out

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
    Peace Memorial Museum
    Genbaku Dome (Atomic Bomb Dome)
    Hiroshima-jo Castle

    Japan Australia

  3. Shana says:

    Buy, eat, indulge in lots of yatsuhashi (??)!! If you like mochi, you will love this stuff.

  4. Alyse says:

    I know it’s a downer but I hope you get to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and maybe drop off some crane in the peace park. It’s one of the museums that sticks out really clearly in my memory (this one and the Holocaust Museum in D.C. Super downer, I know).
    Also, in Miyajima, there’s a mountain hiking trail that will take you all the way to the top of the mountain and back down, which is really fun. There are lots of little water falls along the way too :)
    In Kyoto…it just full of temples and such, mostly within walking distance of Kyoto Station. Kyoto is really nice to explore on foot since it’s pretty flat (until you get to the Gion District. That’s all stairs and slopes).
    From Kyoto, you can easily get to Nara, Osaka or Kobe, so if you have time, you could catch the train to Nara City and feed some deer roaming along the temple grounds and parks :) or go see Osaka Castle~
    Sorry for the wall of text~~ Lol

  5. zoomingjapan says:

    That’s awesome!
    Wow, so you already made plans for Golden Week?
    Actually it’s my first time EVER that I’ll have a few days off around Golden Week (as I change jobs soon). So far I always had to work.

    Too bad I won’t be around anymore (as I’m moving in 2 weeks), otherwise I would have loved to show your around in Miyajima! ^-^
    I’ve been there many times as it’s not too far away.
    I’m sure you’ll have a great time!

  6. Emsk says:

    Hi Amanda. Miyajima is great! You’ll really enjoy it. I went there in Golden Week 2008, just before I left Japan to come back to the UK. Make sure you take a cable car to the top as you’ll have the most fantastic view. Here’s a link to my old site if it helps:

    Enjoy yourself!!! Will you be travelling there by shinkansen?

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