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Airports and shinkansen stations around the nation were jammed Sunday as the Bon return rush peaked, bringing travelers back from their home town holidays.

On Sunday evening, there was a 39-km traffic jam on part of the Tohoku Expressway in Tochigi Prefecture, the Japan Road Traffic Information Center said.

There was also a 26-km traffic jam on a section of the Kanetsu Expressway in Gunma Prefecture and a similar one on part of the Sanyo Expressway in Hyogo Prefecture.

A weekend discount program allowing motorists to drive unlimited distances on expressways for a maximum toll of ¥1,000 also contributed to the congestion.

Reserved seats on shinkansen bound for Tokyo were fully booked all day on the Tokaido, Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu and Nagano lines, according to Japan Railway group companies.

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