TOKYO (XINHUA) – The number of domestic travelers during the next round of Golden Week holidays beginning at the end of this month is expected to increase nearly 70% from a year earlier, the top agency said yesterday. Japan travel.

JTB Corp said it estimated the number of people heading to local destinations during spring break between late April and early May would be around 16 million based on economic benchmarks and tentative bookings, the company reported. NHK public channel.

Compared to the same holiday period last year, when Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures were under COVID-19 states of emergency, the figure is up 68.4%.

However, compared to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic hit, JTB said the number was actually down 33.4%, according to NHK.

As for the upcoming spring break, domestic travelers overall plan to take longer trips compared to the past two years, according to an online survey. The survey showed that 36.1% of respondents said they planned to take an overnight trip and stay for two days, although this was down slightly from 3.1% on compared to a year ago.

Those planning to take a three-day, two-night trip made up 32.6% of those surveyed, up 4% from the previous year, and those booking a four-day trip made up 17.1% of the total, which was an increase. 0.8% compared to the previous year.

People cross the Shibuya crossing in Tokyo. PHOTO: XINHUA