10-day Golden Week Holiday 2019


Every year the end of April to the beginning of May is called Golden Week in Japan due to all of the holidays all together! It’s a time to rest and rejuvenate for some or to go out and travel for others.

And this year it’s extra special:


Normally, the national holidays fall on:
April 29th (Showa Day)
May 3rd (Constitution Day)
May 4th (Greenery Day)
May 5th (Children’s Day)


But this year the Emperor is scheduled to abdicate on April 30th, while the new Emperor will ascend the throne on May 1st! Thus, May 1st will be a one-off national holiday this year.

Now, if a national holiday falls on a Sunday, then the next weekday will be observed as a national holiday, so May 6th automatically becomes a national holiday too. That just leaves April 30th and May 2nd… Rather than have a regular day sandwiched between two holidays, that day automatically is observed as a national holiday as well.

Let’s not forget, April 27th and April 28th are the weekends, so those are off too.


Now that may be a lot to absorb in one go.

The bottom line is……………….

This year only! An unprecedented Golden Week!

Ten days in a row off!!!

So, what’re you going to do?
If you’re not sure, we’ve got some great ideas for day trips in the Kansai Area during Golden Week for you~!


– Food & Drinks – IN OSAKA


1. 肉フェスOSAKA 2019 (Niku Fes Osaka 2019)

Meat, meat, meat! This festival is all about meat! Whether it’s Hamburg steaks, hamburgers, meat sushi, or chicken, it’s all here at Niku Fes!

Many different restaurants and vendors will gather to show off their best meat dishes–so if you’re meat lover, this is an event you won’t want to miss out on.

Our recommendation: check out the Korean Kitchen Madan’s dish Choa Chicken–cheesy fried chicken. A winning dish!

肉フェスOSAKA 2019 (Niku Fes Osaka 2019)
Location 大阪府大阪市東住吉区長居公園1-1 長居公園 自由広場
Free Space (Jiyuu Hiroba), Nagai Park, 1-1 Nagaikouen, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Dates April 26th, 2019 (Friday)~May 6th, 2019 (Monday & national holiday)
**Special times: April 26th, 2019 — from 12:00 //
May 6th, 2019 — until 20:00
Entry Fee  Free
-Food and drink sold separately. 1 food ticket = 700 JPY (including tax)
-Digital currency is accepted, however please note there are no machines available to charge your card. Please charge your card beforehand.
Nearest Station Next to Nagai Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line /
About 5 minutes from Nagai Station on the JR Hanwa Line
Homepage http://www.nikufes.jp/_tags/肉フェスOSAKA2019

Photo Credit: 肉フェスOSAKA2019


2. FOOD SONIC 2019 in 中之島 (Food Sonic 2019 in Nakanoshima)

At Food Sonic 2019, you can sample various cuisines from all over the world: Japanese, western, Chinese, Thai, Italian, and so on!

In Japan when you’re searching for a restaurant to eat at, one of the most popular websites to use is surely Tabelog. And here at Food Sonic, most of the participating vendors are restaurants that have earned at least 3.5 stars on Tabelog–so you know you’re in for a great meal.

If you visit after 16:30, you can take place in Happy Hour–where beer is half off!🍻
Food Sonic will take place all throughout Golden Week, so whenever you’re free and hungry why not visit? You’ll surely leave happy and full!

FOOD SONIC 2019 in 中之島 (Food Sonic 2019 in Nakanoshima)
Location 大阪府大阪市北区中之島5-3-96
Food Sonic’s Designated Area, Nakanoshima, 5-3-96 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Dates April, 27th, 2019 (Saturday) ~ May 6th, 2019 (Monday)
Hours 10:00~18:00 (Last Order: 17:30)
Entry Fee  Advance Ticket – 400 JPY / Same Day Ticket – 500 JPY / Elementary School Aged Children and below – free
**Food sold separately
Premium Seat
3,000 JPY (Sold same day only)
**Entry fee required separately. Food sold separately.
Nearest Station About 3 minutes from Nakanoshima Station on the Keihan Line
Homepage http://www.foodsonic.jp/
**May be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Please check the homepage beforehand for details.

Photo Credit: FOOD SONIC 2019 in 中之島


3. 第6回カレーEXPO 万博 (6th Curry Expo in Expo’70 Commemorative Park)

Check it out: Kansai’s largest curry event!

Here you can find shops that were chosen by food bloggers for you to try. There are all sorts of curry to try: Japanese, Indian, European, Sri Lankan, Thai, and more! All together there are 7 different types you can try.

With so much variety, you’ll surely find the perfect curry for you.
Looking for something easy to carry around–try the curry bread!

第6回カレーEXPO 万博 (6th Curry Expo in Expo’70 Commemorative Park)
Location 大阪府吹田市千里万博記念公園 東の広場
East Plaza (Higashi no Hiroba), Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, Senri, Suita City, Osaka
Dates May 3, 2019 (Friday & Holidays)~May 6th, 2019 (Monday & Holidays)
Hours 9:30~17:00 (Last Order & Last Entry: 16:30)
Entry Fee  Free
**Entry fee to Expo ’70 Commemorative Park required separately: Adults 250 JPY / Children 70 JPY
Nearest Station About 5 minutes from Bampaku-Kinen-Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail
Homepage http://www.curryexpo.com/
**Curry bread will be sold from 11:00AM
**Will still be held in case of rain. However, may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
**Limited quantity. Get it while supplies last!

Photo Credit: 第6回カレーEXPO 万博


4. スイーツブッフェ「めっちゃマンゴー」(Sweets Buffet: Metcha Mango)

Every year a “Strawberry Buffet” featuring sweets using strawberries is held at various hotels–now we present to you: Sweets Buffet: Metcha Mango
**Metcha means “very” or “extremely” in Kansai dialect!

In Osaka, there aren’t every many opportunities to really enjoy mango, especially at a reasonable price.

At this mango extravaganza, you can really go all out: there’s even a mango dessert pizza you can try!


スイーツブッフェ「めっちゃマンゴー」(Sweets Buffet: Metcha Mango)
Location 大阪府大阪市北区大深町3-60 グランフロント大阪北館タワーC
Grand Front Osaka North Bldg., 3-60 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Dates April 26th, 2019 (Friday)~June 30th, 2019 (Sunday) **Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays only
90 minute course
**Available times: 15:00~16:30 / 15:15~16:45 / 15:30-17:00
Fee  Adults 4,800 JPY / Children (6~12 years old) 2,400 JPY
Nearest Station About 5 minutes Umeda Station on the Hankyu and Hanshin Lines, Osaka Station on the JR Lines
Homepage https://www.icosaka.com/restaurant/plan/detail/?id=11947
**It’s expected to be fully booked each day. Thus, it may be difficult to make a reservation on the desired date. We recommend booking online. You may reserve in English online.

Photo Credit: インターコンチネンタルホテル大阪


– Other Activities – IN OSAKA

1. 道具屋筋ナイトマーケット (Doguyasuji Night Market)

In our previous blog “Cooking Class–Osaka Style!!” we introduced Doguyasuji, the go-to shopping street for anything related to cooking. During Golden Week take part in the Doguyasuji Night Market!

There’ll be general goods, apparel, shops and games! Get great bargains during a fun night out on the town~


道具屋筋ナイトマーケット Doguyasuji Night Market
Location 大阪府大阪市中央区難波千日前14-5 (道具屋筋商店街・軒先)
Doguyasuji Shopping Street (will take place in front of the shops), 14-5 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Dates April 26th, 2019 (Friday) & May 31st, 2019 (Friday)
Times 19:00~22:00
Fee Free
Nearest Station About 3 minutes from Namba Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
Homepage https://www.doguyasuji.or.jp/archives/3635

Photo Credit: 千日前道具屋筋商店街公式サイト


2. ネモフィラ祭り2019 (Nemophila Matsuri 2019)

Nemophila is a genus of little blue flowers–their common names “baby blue eyes”–that is native to the western United States. What better way to celebrate springtime than to enjoy beautiful flowers?

At Osaka Maishima Seaside Park you can over one million nemophila–making an ocean of blue on land!

There are even special tickets where you can enjoy a lunch buffet at nearby hotels making for a perfect day trip. Looking for just a quick snack? Try the “Blue Eye” ice cream or the “Nemonade” original drink for refreshments!

ネモフィラ祭り2019 Nemophila Matsuri 2019
Location 大阪府大阪市此花区北港緑地2丁目 大阪まいしまシーサイドパーク
Osaka Maishima Seaside Park 2 Hokokuryokuchi, Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Dates April 13th, 2019 (Saturday) ~ May 6th, 2019 (Monday)
Times 9:00~17:00 (Last Entry: 16:30)
Entry Fee Adults (Junior High School Age and Above) 900 JPY / Children (4 years old~Elementary School Age) 500 JPY
Nearest Station
-Get off at Cosmos Square Station on the Osaka Metro Chuo Line and take the take the Hokkou sightseeing bus “Cosmo Dream Line” to Hotel Lodge Maishimamae bus stop
-Get off at Sakurajima Station on the JR Yumesaki Line, take the Hokkou sightseeing bus “Maishima Active Bus” to Hotel Lodge Maishimamae bus stop
Homepage https://seasidepark.maishima.com/nemophila/

Photo Credit: 大阪まいしまシーサイドパーク


– KOBE –

アースデイ神戸 (2019 Earth Day Kobe 2019)

Earth Day is a day to think about the global environment, conservation, and preservation, to make the world a better and more sustainable place to live in the future. While Earth Day began in the United States, it has since spread to other parts of the world. Since 2007, Earth Day Kobe has taken place annually. With the environment in mind, you can enjoy shopping, food, hand made crafts, workshops, and even live music. Many items offered are hand made, fair trade, organic, and/or vegetarian or vegan.
Earth Day Kobe is within walking distance from Kobe’s center, Sannomiya, so you can enjoy your morning here before heading off to sightseeing elsewhere.


アースデイ神戸2019 (Earth Day Kobe 2019)
Location 兵庫県神戸市中央区小野浜町2

Minatonomori Park, 2 Onohamacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0082
Date: May 4th, 2019 (Saturday & a national holiday) and May 5th, 2019 (Sunday & a national holiday)
Date May 4th, 2019 (Saturday & a national holiday) and May 5th, 2019 (Sunday & a national holiday)
May 4th: 11:00~17:00
-May 5th: 10:00~16:00
**Held even in case of rain
Admission Fee Free
Nearest Station About a 10 minute walk from Sannomiya Station on each line /
About a 2 minute walk from Boueki Center Station on the Port Island Line
Homepage http://earthdaykobe.com/

Photo Credit: アースデイ神戸2019



嵐山駅 はんなり・ほっこりスクエア (Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square)

Directly connected to Arashiyama Station in Kyoto is Hannari Hokkori Square. You can enjoy a picturesque Kyoto view while searching for souvenirs, sweets, skin care products and more!
Looking for the perfect picture spot? Check out the “Kimono Forest”! 👘
There are over 600 multicolored poles, which contain fabric used for kimonos. Each pole has a different pattern and design. At night the poles are even lit up! You’ll have no trouble finding the right spot to take a unique picture to show friends back home. The only thing that would make the photo even better is if you’re wearing a kimono too!

嵐山駅 はんなり・ほっこりスクエア (Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square)
Address 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨天龍寺造路町20-1
20-1 Sagatenryujitsukurimichicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
*1st Floor 9:00-20:00
*2nd Floor (Food Area) 11:00-20:00 (Last Order)
*Foot Bath 9:00~20:00
-Mid-December~Early March
*1st Floor 10:00-18:00
*2nd Floor (Food Area) 11:00-18:00 (Last Order)
*Foot Bath 9:00~18:00
Closed on N/A
Entry Fee  Free
**Separate fee of 150 JPY to use foot bath (original towel included)
Nearest Station Directly connected to Arashiyama Station on the Arashiyama Main Line /
About 10 minutes from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Line
Homepage(English) http://www.kyotoarashiyama.jp/about/en

Photo Credit: 嵐電


Tip: most events that require a reservation will be sold out day of. Don’t miss out: reserve ASAP!!

Look no further for a place to stay during this busy time: choose Ookini Hotels!


– Ookini Hotels – Rooms with Washing Machines!

Direct Booking Benefit♪ Late check-out by 12pm!