Trains and planes were full Wednesday as the Golden Week holiday exodus got under way. Around 650,000 Japanese people are expected to travel abroad during the Golden Week holiday period from Wednesday through May 6, down slightly by about 0.5% from the level in the same period of last year, leading travel agency JTB Corp said.
Narita airport officials said about around 38,000 passengers will depart Wednesday, with Southeast Asia and Hawaii the most popular destinations.JTB said domestic tourism is likely to reach 23.35 million travelers, an increase of 3% over 2014.
Trains on the new Hokuriku shinkansen line, which runs from Tokyo to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture, were all full on Wednesday morning. The extended line, operated jointly by JR East and JR West, connects Tokyo and Kanazawa in 2 1/2 hours, 80 minutes faster than before.