The holiday exodus reached a peak at the Narita International Airport near Tokyo Thursday, with 46,200 people expected to leave Japan during the day to spend their Golden Week holidays overseas.
Resort areas, including Guam and Hawaii, as well as European countries attract many travelers from Japan during the holiday season through early May, according to the airport and travel agency officials.
Takahide Oshikawa, 32, from Tokyo said before leaving for Europe with his family, “I was concerned about cancellation (of the trip) following the volcanic eruption (in Iceland). I hope we could enjoy shopping and meals.”
At the Kansai International Airport near Osaka, meanwhile, some 17,000 people were expected to leave for their vacations Thursday.
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