Around 40,000 people were expected to fly out via Narita International Airport on Thursday with many of them heading for South Korea, Taiwan and Guam, according to the operator of the Narita International Airport Corp.
Other than the seeming exodus at the Narita airport, many of the country’s domestic flights departing from Tokyo’s Haneda airport and other major airports are likewise fully booked on Friday as home-bound Japanese rush to their hometowns for the New Year.
At Kansai International Airport in Osaka, a departure rush was also taking place Thursday. It was projected that passengers departing from the airport would reach to 205,700 for the period December 23 up to January 4, with the greatest number of them expected Friday, Kansai International Airport Co. said.
Passengers via the bullet train in Tokaido Shinkansen Line reached 180%, which means the express was actually carrying 80 percent more passengers than the number of seats, Central Japan Railway Co. said.
A 25-kilometer traffic jam was reported at the Tomei Expressway in Shizuoka Prefecture. No other major bottleneck was seen.