Trains were packed, flights full and highways congested on Sunday afternoon as the Obon holiday return rush peaked in Japan.
Narita and Haneda airport officials reported that almost all inbound flights were full, with around 65,000 travelers expected to return by the end of the day, Fuji TV reported. Hawaii and Guam were among the most popular destinations this year, travel agents said.
Meanwhile, JR officials said shinkansen trains returning to Tokyo and Osaka were running at 140% capacity on the Tokaido and Tohoku lines from Sunday morning.
On highways, as of 2 p.m., according to the Japan Road Traffic Information Center, traffic was backed up for 30 kilometers on the Tomei expressway, while traffic was bumper to bumper for about 20 kilometers on the Chuo and Tohoku expressways.© Japan Today