What is May like in Japan? Check out the holidays and festivals during Golden Week!

We will give you general information about national holidays, weather and climate during May. We will aso talk about holidays like Children’s Day, and festivals that are held during Golden Week.

We will give you general information about national holidays, weather and climate during May. We will aso talk about holidays like Children’s Day, and festivals that are held during Golden Week.

May in Japan is the best season for sight seeing. It is very warm and sunny, and there are many national holidays, so there are many events and festivals held during this period. You will enjoy sight seeing in Japan for sure!

National Holidays in May

These are the national holidays during May.

Date Name and Remarks
May 3rd Constitution Day
A day to celebrate the enactment of the current Japanese contitution
May 4th Midori Day
A day to thank the nature
May 5th Children’s Day
A day to thank and pray for children’s health


We call the period from April 29th to March 5th Golden Week in Japan. Many people go on a vacation so the tourist sites and highways are very crowded, so keep that in mind.

Climate in May (weather, temperature, what to wear, etc.)

Average Highest Lowest
Hokkaido(Sapporo) 12.4℃ 17.3℃ 8.3℃
Tokyo 18.2℃ 22.9℃ 14℃
Nagoya 18.9℃ 24.1℃ 14.5℃
Kyoto 19℃ 24.6℃ 14.0℃
Osaka 19.7℃ 24.5℃ 15.6℃
Hiroshima 19.3℃ 24.1℃ 14.7℃
Fukuoka 19.4℃ 23.7℃ 15.6℃
Okinawa(Naha) 24℃ 26.7℃ 21.8℃


You might be able to go out with short sleeves since it’s very warm and gets up to 20 degrees in some areas. But the temperature does drop at night, so you should carry a light jacket with you.

Festivals and Events in May

1) Children’s Day

The last day of Golden Week is Children’s Day. We pray for the healthy growth of little boys. It first started in China, so there is a similar holiday in China and Korea.

This is a Koinobori. It is used as a decoration in houses with boys, and it stands as a prayer for boys to grow and succeed like how carps swim in rivers.

There are festivals held in various places in Japan, where tens of Koinoboris are decorated.

2) Mother’s Day

It’s not a national holiday, but we do celebrate Mother’s Day in Japan too.

We give carnations, scarves and bags as presents.

There will be Mother’s Day gift sections in department stores, so it might be a good idea to buy something for Mother’s Day while you’re in Japan!

3) Hakata Dontaku Festival

http://fukuokaopentopbus.jp/guide-ja-c/

Hakata Dontaku Festival is a festival in Fukuoka that is held on May 3rd and 4th every year. It is one of the biggest festivals during Golden Week in Japan, with more than 2 million visiters. During this festival, people dress up in costumes and dance on the streets, beating rice paddles. Their spectaculor performance is breathtaking. You may rethink about the idea that Japanese people are shy.

4) Hiroshima Flower Festival

The second festival that is famous during Golden Week is the Hiroshima Flower Festival. It is held around the Heiwa Kinen Park in Hiroshima.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81%B2%E3%82%8D%E3%81%97%E3%81%BE%E3%83%95%E3%83%A9%E3%83%AF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%95%E3%82%A7%E3%82%B9%E3%83%86%E3%82%A3%E3%83%90%E3%83%AB

This festival is held to make Hiroshima a city full with flowers, nature and music, and to share the happiness and importance to live. There are parades that people walk along with the flower cars, and Yosakoi dance performances.

http://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/

We Japanese love May because of this Golden Week! It is a very happy time of year, so there are many energetic festivals and events. Please make sure you join one in Japan if you come during May!

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