May offers some of Japan’s best weather. The delightful sun and relatively low humidity provide the perfect setting to get outdoors. There is also ample time to enjoy this weather (and much needed time off work), with the Golden Week holidays from April 29 to May 5, and Mother’s Day on May 9.
Unfortunately, a third state of emergency (SOE) has been announced for the Tokyo Metropolis along with Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, so your Golden Week plans may have been affected. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make plans for after the SOE is lifted on May 11. We have put together a list of activities that you can look forward to while staying safe at home.
And because of the family-related holidays in Golden Week (Children’s Day on May 5 and Mother’s Day), we have created this list of activities that can be enjoyed with your loved ones.
1st Activity: Have a Meal at Morton’s Steakhouse
Give yourself, your family members, and your friends a treat during Golden Week with some incredible beef!
Morton’s of Chicago serves the best beef from America: USDA Prime. You can indulge in a succulent steak while enjoying a gorgeous view of Marunouchi from terrace seating. It’s a terrific spot for a lunch or dinner date, or to catch up with your friends and family.
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Morton’s Steakhouse is providing a variety of different courses to choose from—to celebrate Golden Week and Mother’s Day. How good does the Golden Week limited Filet Mignon and Lobster main course sound!?
GoConnect Members are also treated to a free glass of Champagne for every reservation made at Morton’s. When making your reservation, please mention the GoConnect offer.
To view all available courses and make a reservation, please visit their booking website.
*Updated: Due to the recent SOE, Morton’s Steakhouse will be closed from April 25 to May 11, but are accepting reservations now for dates from May 12.
2nd Activity: Enjoy Lunch with Opera
mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection is a hotel that provides experiences that captivate guests’ senses and create inspiration. Their enchanting one-day plan includes a special hotel experience that can only be enjoyed at mesm: a special lunch course and an S-seat performance of The Phantom of the Opera, the Shiki Theatre Company’s musical masterpiece that has been seen by 7.2 million people in Japan.
Please note that the musical is only provided in Japanese.
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Here is what you will receive when you book their special Shiki & Lunch Set:
- Special lunch course provided by mesm Tokyo: authentic French cuisine prepared with high-quality ingredients
*If you have any food allergies, please inform mesm Tokyo when you make your reservation.
- Tour of the hotel (advance reservation required)
The mesm Tokyo team can provide a special tour of the hotel for guests.
- Luggage storage service
- Special service when presenting your ticket from the Shiki Theatre Company:
- Welcome drink with dinner at the Chef’s Theatre restaurant
- 10% discount on all items at Whisk Bar & Lounge
- Special services at participating stores in the Atre Takeshiba store
After the lunch course, the opera performance is a perfect way to spend the evening!
You can book the course on this website. The course will be available on May 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30. Please note that the time of the event might change depending on government regulations after May 11.
3rd Activity: Spend Quality Time With Your Family
One of the many holidays in Golden Week is Children’s Day, so quality family time is a key part of the break. How about a change of scenery without having to travel? Tokyo Family Stays offers short and affordable getaways in the heart of Tokyo. This is a great way to enjoy yourself with your family members while still being mindful of the current Covid-19 situation!
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From April 29 to May 30, Tokyo Family Stays is giving a 20% discount on their Samurai House in Nakano-Shinbashi, along with their usual free breakfast basket offer on GoConnect.
Please book between April 29 and May 30: email@example.com
4th Activity: Blow Off Some Steam with a Staycation
Otsukaresama! You deserve a break from your hard work, so now’s the time to treat yourself. How about a staycation package at a fancy hotel?
On GoConnect, we have a few exclusive staycation packages for luxury hotels right in the heart of Tokyo. They are top notch and include perks and discounts that you won’t find anywhere else.
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Offering the best of dining and entertainment, services and amenities all under one roof, The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon showcases a completely unique concept and an oasis of sophistication in Japan. Its exclusive package includes a free breakfast worth more than ¥5,000 for each person, up to ¥10,000 hotel credit and much more.
You can check out the full perks and how to use the package on the official offer page. Please make an inquiry within May and clearly state your desired stay date.
Meanwhile, the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel’s offer includes a free breakfast, a free pass to their facilities, and other great deals. If you want a beach view to enjoy the sunshine and clear skyline during Golden Week, you cannot miss out on their package!
To learn more about the full perks of this package and how to use it, please check out this official offer page.
4th Activity: Go to Art Exhibitions and Museums
Golden Week is also a time when the weather is particularly pleasant—not too hot or cold. Take a walk through Tokyo and you’ll find some of our favorite art exhibitions and museums.
Art Liberation Zone EATS Nihonbashi is an art exhibition held in the east area of Tokyo Station (EATS) around Nihonbashi, from March 19 to May 9. EATS is a vibrant part of Tokyo that has long ties to the city’s past, as well as connections to developments that are shaping its future, which makes it a perfect location for this art event. Come to the show and feast your eyes on the variety of art while supporting the exhibiting artists.
The event is organized by Tagboat, a contemporary art gallery, and GoConnect had the chance to speak with their president, Kenji Tokumitsu. You can read the full interview here.
Golden Week is one of your last chances to enjoy this exhibition. Due to the SOE, some parts of the exhibition will be closed. For more information, please visit their official website.
The Mori Art Museum has just opened its newest exhibition: Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World. The exhibition features artworks from artists aged 71 to 105. With 130 works, from paintings, video and sculptures to large-scale installations and performances, it is sure to be a thought-provoking exhibition.
Due to the SOE, the Mori Art Museum will be closed until May 11. Please visit their official website for the most up-to-date information.