I've long dreamed of going to Japan, and this year it's quite nearly within reach.
Unfortunately due to numerous commitments (and that fact that I'm a teacher), the only time I have to go will be Dec. 29 to Jan. 5, which might was well be just as bad as the Golden Week. Well maybe not. The light days according to the calendar are Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at a mere 98 & 86 % capacity.
There will be some reprieve on Jan. 5, but that's the day the Mansion and Splash will close. Two of my favorite rides, which I haven't been on in ten years.
Will it be even possible to enjoy the parks on these days? Would it be better to not go? Perhaps Osaka instead with Harry Potter, arguably bringing in similar crowds, which at least we will all be just jostling over one ride?