Golden Week exodus peaks

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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Tokyo Sky Tree Tower to be the “It Spot” this Golden Week

With many people expected to flock to Tokyo Sky Tree in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, during the Golden Week holiday period, ward officials and police officers will be on alert around the structure. The Sky Tree became the highest structure in the country in late March, and since then the number of visitors to the area has sharply increased. According to the Tokyo Sky Tree Info Plaza, an information center near the tower, there had been more than 17,000 visitors in April as of Saturday.