Golden Week is one of the most popular times of the year in Japan. April 29 and May 3-5 are all national holidays, so most people take the opportunity to travel somewhere, either to their hometown or a holiday destination.
I never travel anywhere during Golden Week, especially at the beginning or end of the week. I prefer to stay home and catch up on rest and whatever projects I have been working on.
I venture out only to go to Kamogawa Odori, which I particularly enjoyed this year since Momifuku is now a geisha and is playing a much larger role in the dance than she had in previous years when she was a maiko.
The only other time I went out was to go to the “home bar” of my friends’ ochaya in Gion Kobu on the evening of May 2. I knew it would be a quiet night there because Miyako Odori had ended on April 30 and most people would be away for Golden Week.