The use of Shinkansen and limited express trains during the Obon holidays increased slightly compared to last year, which was the lowest record, due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, but it is 3 minutes compared to before the spread of the infection. It stayed at about 1 and there was no big congestion.

According to JR companies, during the 12 days of the Obon holiday period from the 6th to the 17th of this month, the number of people who used the Shinkansen and limited express trains nationwide was about 5.05 million, which was the lowest since 1990, when the record remains. It increased by more than 30% from the same period.

Compared to last year, it is 142% on the Tohoku Shinkansen, 141% on the Sanyo Shinkansen, and 139% on the Tokaido Shinkansen.

On the other hand, before the spread of the new coronavirus, about 15.6 million people used it nationwide, so the number of users was only about one-third compared to before the spread of the infection, and there was no major congestion. did.

Expressways decreased to 90% last year to about 60% before the spread of infection

On the expressway, in addition to the impact of the new coronavirus, traffic was closed one after another due to heavy rain, and the traffic volume on the main sections of the country for 11 days during the Obon holidays decreased further last year. Compared to 90%, it decreased to about 60% compared to the adult before the spread of infection.

Congestion of 10 km or more has decreased significantly, such as about half of last year, and it has become the least since the privatization of the Japan Highway Public Corporation in 2005.