Travelers returning from New Year's holidays crowd roads and airports

Japan Times -- Jan 04
Travelers returning from New Year holidays crowded expressways and airports across Japan Monday as a decline in coronavirus infections toward the end of last year and progress in vaccinating the public unlocked pent-up travel demand.

According to All Nippon Airways Co., the number of seats reserved on domestic flights between Dec. 25 and Jan. 4 totaled 1.14 million, up about 50% from the same period a year ago.

A traffic jam on the Tomei Expressway linking Tokyo and central Japan cities stretched over 50 kilometers at one point, with backups of more than 10 km seen on other expressways across the country, the Japan Road Traffic Information Center said.

Shinkansen bullet trains were also packed across the country, according to railway firms.

年末年始をふるさとなどで過ごした人たちのUターンがピークを迎えています。  羽田空港の到着ロビーは、各地で年末年始を過ごした人たちの姿が多く見られました。 - ANNnewsCH