Census company Cobs Online administered a survey to 843 men and women in their 20s about their plans for the summer season. Among various questions, 68.6% of respondents answered they intended to take time off work during the summer, while 31.4% said they would not.
Among those that responded in the positive, the average amount of time off those surveyed intended to take was 5.6 days, a decrease from 5.7 days in last year's survey.
Some 29.4% of respondents said they plan to return to their hometowns for the summer break (a 3.4% increase over last year), while 13.8% said they plan to travel within Japan, and 13.8% said they plan to travel abroad.
Of those that said they would return home, 64.1% commented the reason was to visit family that they normally don't see. 15.3% said it was to see old friends, and 12.3% said they will visit the graves of lost loved ones. Overall, this year's survey showed a general increase in those who wished to meet with faraway loved ones.
To the survey question, “What does summer vacation mean to you?” 36% said, “A time to take it easy at home”, up 8.4% from last year. “A time to travel” was the second most common response at 25.4% and “a time to live it up” was number three at 23%, both slightly down from last year.
The survey showed that this summer, a season often associated with fun and activity, more Japanese planned on more down to earth, easy-going activities.© Japan Today