Airports, expressways and trains were crowded Saturday as the Golden Week holiday rush got under way.
The holidays this year are grouped around two long weekends.
Major travel agency JTB Corp is predicting that a record number of people will travel during Golden Week.
JTB said that a survey reveals 22.796 million people will go on a trip during the holiday period through May 6. The survey was based on the number of flight and train bookings. Of the number, about 22.2 million will go on domestic trips, and the rest abroad.
JTB said the figure is the highest since it started keeping records in 1969, even though the number of consecutive holidays this year is less than usual.
The survey showed that domestic travelers plan to spend around 35,900 yen, which is 2.9% higher than last year. "As the economic mood is getting positive, many people are willing to spend more on traveling," JTB said.© Japan Today