Travelers Surge during Japan's Golden Week Holiday

Society

Tokyo, May 7 (Jiji Press)--The number of people in Japan who traveled by rail and air during this year's Golden Week holiday period in the nation surged from a year earlier, data from railway operators and airlines showed on Tuesday.

The six passenger service companies of the Japan Railways, or JR, Group said that a total of some 15,168,000 people used Shinkansen bullet trains and other express trains for sightseeing and homecoming trips and other purposes during the period from April 26 to Monday, up 19 pct year on year, with the passenger number representing the highest level for the holiday period since 2001.

The 11-day period included unprecedented 10 consecutive public holidays, while April 26 was a business day. In 2018, the April 26-May 6 period had seven public holidays and four business days.

This year, the passenger number jumped 27 pct in the service area of West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, and 22 pct in the area covered by Hokkaido Railway Co., or JR Hokkaido.

The number of users of the Joetsu Shinkansen service of East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, increased 14 pct. On April 28, many trains on the Shinkansen line were delayed or canceled due to a problem at a substation, affecting over 40,000 passengers.

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