What Is Silver Week and How to Enjoy that Holidays?

Sep 11, 2017

What is Silver week in Japan?

If you already come to Japan on March, you may heard “Golden week” that means Spring vacation on end of April to March.

On the other hand, we Japanese call holidays on September “Silver week”.

It is said that around 2008, Mitsubishi Electronic Building Techno Service Co., LTD called these holidays as Silver week. So, it can be said it is relatively new concept.

In general, Silver week is shorter than Golden week, therefore if you have no plan, you may spend just waste time.

This year’s Silver week is 16th, 17th and 18th of September. It is only 3 days.

18th is our national holiday “Respect for the Aged Day” (Keiro no hi)


How to enjoy this short holidays to relax well?

Only 3 days, but until Christmas and New year season, we have no vacation. Therefore many people planning to go to short trip.

What is the best choice to enjoy only 3 days?

I suggest you some plan.

If you want to relax well, hot spring called “onsen”is nice choice. Japan has a lot of nice hot spring spot, especially Oita’s Beppu onsen is famous.

And Ginzan onsen in Yamagata is nice to take a photogenic picture.

If you are lady, you have interest skincare, beauty and so on. Ginzan onsen is nostalgic atmosphere, so you can enjoy nice scenery.

Of course you can take pictures and share on Instagram!

Trip for hot spring is little expensive but if you are tired, please check it on web site.

Please refer this site.( http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7975.html)


You have not enough money to go to trip? How to enjoy at home!

If you have enough money to go to trip, you have to save money for next vacation season. Especially if you have plan to back to your country, you will not be able to use much money.

However, how can we enjoy Silver week even though there are enough money?

If you like movie, I recommend you to use Hulu.

Please refer this site. (https://www.happyon.jp)

On this site, you can see popular movie and drama, in addtion trial is free.

After 2 weeks trial, you have to pay 933 JPY but if you start and finish trial during Silver week, you can enjoy without money! But please memorize that After 2 weeks later, you must pay fee.

If you have some friend who have no plan on Silver week, let’s invite your friend and enjoy movies with snacks.


You want spend time international people on Silver week to find new friend?

Holiday is best time to find new friend. If you came to Japan to study Japanese language, culture, and so on, you want to find Japanese friend right?

Then, let’s check party that international join.

On web site, you can find many party and can check detail schedule.

This site is recommended one. (http://english.gaitomo.com)

Such party is run and helped by member and volunteer persons. Therefore if you have any inquiry, you can ask anything.

I already checked schedule of Silver week on that site, of course nice party will be held!

If long vacation, people will be back their countries to meet family, but short holidays you will stay in Japan, therefore spending time with international peoples is better.

Do not be shy, let’s challenge to make friend with many peoples!


Master your hobby as professional!

Do you have some hobby? For example, sports and handcrafts. If you want to master your hobby as professional, Silver week is best time.

Not so long but enough time to enjoy it!

For example, cooking, handcrafts, making plastic model, are suitable.

Workdays is busy even if you are student because you may have many task to do to submit by deadline.

You bought something related to your hobby, but you do not have enough time to enjoy it?

Then, let’s do your hobby till satisfied!

Recently, some person master their skills for hobby, and they sell something online shop.

For handcrafts, such sit and app is nice. Please refer this site. (https://minne.com)

If you want to earn money through hobby, let’s concentrate to your hobby especially handcrafts aspect.

Silver week is nice time to brash your skill up of hobby. If your hobby is cooking, how about party at your home? Your friend will be happy after eating excellent dishes!


How about this article? Do you get some useful information about Silver week? We hope that you already understand what is Silver week and how to enjoy this short holidays. Of course there are other plan to spend fruitful time, but these plans are available if you have enough budget except trip for hot spring.

Please check information and schedule that I introduce official web site on this article!

Thank you for reading and see you again.


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