Obon exodus gets under way
Trains and planes were full Saturday as the Obon holiday rush got under way.
This year, many companies are giving their employees Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off for the Obon holiday season.
JR reported that some shinkansen trains leaving Nagoya for Hakata and Osaka were running at 170% capacity on Saturday morning, while shinkansen trains leaving Tokyo for Tohoku were running at 150% capacity.
Narita airport officials reported that more than 50,000 people are expected to leave from the airport on Saturday, taking advantage of the strong yen. Guam, Hawaii and Europe are among the most popular destinations, according to travel agencies.
At Haneda airport, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airlines reported that all their outgoing flights for Saturday were full.
The return peak period is expected to be Aug 18 and 19.