A New Emperor

On May 1, 2019 Crown Prince Naruhito is scheduled to officially accede the Imperial Throne, becoming the 126th member of the world’s oldest reigning dynasty. Citing advanced age and declining health his 84-year-old father, Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on April 30, the first Japanese Emperor to do so in over two centuries.

This marks the end of the Heisei period. Upon abdicating, Akihito will receive the title of Joko, an abbreviation of Daijo Tenno (Retired Emperor). His wife, Empress Michiko, will become Jokogo. Akihito’s younger son, Prince Fumihito, is expected to become his brother’s heir presumptive.

This exciting Golden Week is fast approaching…

Start making travel plans, because Golden Week is about to become a little shinier.

To celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito’s ascension to the imperial throne, Japan will have an extended 10-day Golden Week holiday this year from April 27–May 6, 2019.

Many different public holidays fall into this period and during this time the Japanese seize the chance to travel overseas or inside of Japan, to fully savour their rare time off from responsibilities.

It is one of the busiest and most expensive times for travel of the year, though this will stop no one from enjoying their free time and send it with friends and family.

If you are travelling in Japan at this time, give us a call to help plan your trip well!

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