Transport packed as Golden Week migration begins

Homeward bound: A boy and his father say goodbye to a relative Sunday before their bullet train departs from JR Sendai Station. Holidaymakers crowded trains, planes and automobiles as the Golden Week holidays started coming to an end.

Homeward bound: A boy and his father say goodbye to a relative Sunday before their bullet train departs from JR Sendai Station. Holidaymakers crowded trains, planes and automobiles as the Golden Week holidays started coming to an end.

Holidaymakers crammed bullet trains, flights and highways bound for Tokyo and other cities Sunday as the Golden Week holidays began to wrap up. During Golden Week (late April, early May there are many consequetive holidays so this stimulates Japanese to travel all around the country and even abroad, which causes a migration of epic proportions both at the beginning of Golden week and at the end when everyone wants to make it home in time before the work week starts off again and it is back to the grind stone.

Heavy congestion was expected on expressways Sunday evening, the Japan Road Traffic Information Center warned.

A 50-km bottleneck was expected on the northbound lanes of the Tomei Expressway between Nagoya and Tokyo starting at the Yamato Tunnel in Kanagawa Prefecture, while a 45-km traffic jam was forecast on a southbound stretch of the Kanetsu Expressway around the Takasaka service area in Saitama, the center said.

Meanwhile, almost all bullet train reservations to Tokyo had been snapped up as of Sunday afternoon, the Japan Railways group said.

The situation was little better in the skies, with more than 80 percent of airline seats already reserved for domestic flights bound for Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Sunday, Japan Airlines Corp. and All Nippon Airways Co. reported.

The traffic information center expects congestion on the nation’s highways to peak on Monday, the final day of Golden Week.

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