Golden Week return rush peaks
Shinkansen trains, expressways and airports were packed with travelers on Tuesday as holidaymakers returned home on the last day of the Golden Week holidays.
Narita Airport said it expected more than 50,000 passengers to arrive back at the airport by Tuesday night, TBS reported. An airport spokesperson said more than 400,000 people had departed from Narita since the Golden Week holiday period began on April 29.
ANA and JAL reported that Haneda-bound flights were all full on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, JR East said its bullet trains had been running at 100% capacity on all inbound services to Tokyo since Monday afternoon. JR West also reported full load factors.
On highways, the Japan Road Traffic Information Center said that at 3 p.m., there were bottlenecks of 15 to 20 kilometers on the Tomei Expressway leading to Tokyo and the Kanetsu Expressway in Saitama. It said a lot of people returned to Tokyo on Monday night when there were lines up to 35 kilometers at some points.