Temperatures soared Sunday across a broad swath of the country, as Japan marked the second day of the Golden Week holiday period, with millions of travelers venturing to both international and domestic destinations.

Sunny weather greeted holidaymakers from western Japan to southern Tohoku, with temperatures exceeding 25 degrees Celsius in many areas. Cities such as Kyoto hit 30 C and Gifu neared that threshold, marking the arrival of the first day of the year with summer-like conditions.

Meanwhile, Osaka and central Tokyo reached 28 C, well above averages for this time of year, while Nagoya hit 28.3 C. The mercury in the cities of Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, and Fukushima also hit 30 C.