Trains and planes were full Friday as the Golden Week holiday exodus got under way. Expressways were also congested with traffic.
Around 650,000 Japanese people are expected to travel abroad during the Golden Week holiday period from Friday through May 8, travel agencies said. Many workers are taking Monday May 2 and Friday May 6 off, turning Golden Week into a 10-day break.
JR said trains on its shinkansen lines leaving Tokyo were full Friday morning, Fuji TV reported. Passenger capacity on the Hokuriku shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture was 150 percent, JR said.
Airline officials said most domestic flights leaving Tokyo and Osaka were fully booked, while Narita and Haneda airport officials said about 77,000 passengers will head overseas Friday, with Southeast Asia, Hawaii and Australia the most popular destinations.
Meanwhile, the Japan Road Traffic Information Center warned motorists to expect traffic congestion on the Tomei, Kanetsu and Meishin expressways through Saturday night. Traffic along the Tomei Expressway linking Tokyo and Nagoya was backed up for about 30 kilometers as of 2 p.m.
The return rush is expected to peak on May 8.© Japan Today