Japan's Silver Week holiday exodus got under way on Saturday with trains and planes reporting full loads.
Silver Week occurs about once every six years when three national holidays in September run consecutively. This Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are holidays, allowing many people to take a five-day break.
JR East said its Tokaido Shinkansen trains were running at 170% capacity on Saturday morning, while Tohoku Shinkansen trains were at 150%, Fuji TV reported.
Meanwhile, according to the Japan Road Traffic Information Center, at 2 p.m., traffic was backed up for 29 kilometers on the Tomei Expressway at the Atsugi Interchange, and 18 kilometers on the Chuo Expressway at Sagamiko in Kanagawa Prefecture, and 17 kilometers on the Kanetsu expressway in Saitama Prefecture.
Airlines reported that domestic flights from Haneda and Osaka airports were full on Saturday.
The return rush is expected to peak on Wednesday afternoon.© Japan Today