Bon overseas return rush jams Narita

Kyodo

Narita airport was flooded with travelers Saturday as people began returning home from summer holidays abroad, with around 50,000 foreign and domestic travelers expected to enter Japan through the airport over the weekend, its operator said.

This summer, travelers were drawn mainly to Europe and to Pacific resort areas, such as Guam and Hawaii.

“We enjoyed dolphin watching,” said Masaru Hatomi, 32, from Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, who took his family to Guam. “My 1-year-old daughter also felt great joy.”

Maki Sogo, 50, from the city of Mitaka in western Tokyo, said she felt refreshed by her trip to Poland: “It was a good chance for a change of pace because I was able to visit the birthplace of Chopin and hear a piano performance.”