Travel agents, airline companies and train operators are gearing up for Golden Week, with train companies seeing fewer reservations than last year, while airlines report an increase.
The holidays are spread over two weeks rather than consecutively -- this year, April 29, May 3, 5 and 6 are national holidays.
According to figures released by six JR companies, seat reservations are 2.74 million, 6% lower than last year, TBS reported. May 3 is expected to be the peak departure day and May 6 the busiest return day.
On the other hand, JAL and ANA report that reservations for short overseas trips are up by 9.4% to 15.9%. The main reason given is the increase in flights to and from Haneda airport as of March. Airlines said flights to Hawaii and Guam were the most popular.
Airlines also said the 3% sales tax hike on April 1 had not caused any downturn in business.© Japan Today