Holiday U-turn rush continues across Japan
The New Year holiday U-turn rush entered its final day Sunday as thousands of holidaymakers crowded airports, train stations and expressways on their way home.
ANA and JAL reported 90% load factors on their domestic and international flights, while low budget carriers reported full loads on flights to short-haul destinations in Asia.
Travel agencies said trips to Europe were especially popular this year because many people had an extended 9-day holiday. Some 657,000 people traveled abroad between Dec 29 and Jan 6, tour operators said.
Narita Airport officials estimated that 48,000 people would return on Sunday alone.
JR companies said Tokyo-bound shinkansen trains were running at 100-140% capacity on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Japan Road Traffic Information Center said that traffic congestion is expected on the Tomei Expressway near the Yamato Tunnel in Kanagawa Prefecture until late Sunday night.