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Ridership During the Golden Week Period

—Comparing 11-day period (Thu, April 28 - Sun, May 8) to same dates during previous year—

East Japan Railway Company

May 9, 2011

  • There were delays on the Tohoku and Yamagata Shinkansen on May 8 due to strong winds. Other line sections operated largely as planned.
  • Ridership on JR East Shinkansen, limited express and express trains during the period was 2,863,000 passengers, or 73% of the ridership of  the same period a year earlier, our biggest year-to-year drop for the period since the founding of JR East.
  • The outbound peak was reached on May 3 and the return peak on May 5.
  • The number of short-distance tickets sold was 96% of the number the previous year.
  • On the Tohoku Shinkansen, operations had been postponed on some sections because of the impact of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, but operations had resumed throughout the line as of April 29.
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1.  Ridership on Shinkansen, limited express and express trains during the period (total for 17 major sections)
  This year Previous year Compared to previous year Shinkansen Conventional lines
Outbound
1,438,000 persons
1,982,000 persons
73%
75%
67%
Inbound
1,425,000 persons
1,949,000 persons
73%
75%
69%
Total
2,863,000 persons
3,931,000 persons
73%
75%
68%
2.  Ridership on major line sections (total inbound/outbound)
  This year Previous year Compared to previous year Notes
Tohoku Shinkansen
(Omiya - Utsunomiya, Furukawa - Kitakami)
1,109,000 persons
1,646,000 persons
67%
*
Tohoku Shinkansen
(Morioka - Hachinohe)
100,000 persons
162,000 persons
62%
*
Joetsu Shinkansen
(Omiya - Takasaki)
822,000 persons
917,000 persons
90%
 
Nagano Shinkansen
(Takasaki - Karuizawa)
271,000 persons
289,000 persons
94%
 
Akita Shinkansen
(Morioka - Tazawako)
34,000 persons
87,000 persons
39%
 
Yamagata Shinkansen
(Fukushima - Yonezawa)
79,000 persons
110,000 persons
72%
 
Uetsu Main Line
(Inaho, etc.)
44,000 persons
46,000 persons
97%
 
Joban Line
(Super Hitachi, etc.)
174,000 persons
276,000 persons
63%
 
Sotobo Line
(Wakashio, etc.)
52,000 persons
71,000 persons
73%
 
Uchibo Line
(Sazanami, etc.)
16,000 persons
34,000 persons
47%
 
Sobu and Narita Lines
(Narita Express)
56,000 persons
145,000 persons
39%
 
Hokuhoku Line
(Hakutaka)
88,000 persons
95,000 persons
93%
 
Tokaido Main Line
(Super View Odoriko, etc.)
35,000 persons
85,000 persons
41%
 
Chuo Main Line
(Azusa, Kaiji, etc.)
257,000 persons
278,000 persons
92%
 
(Reference) Results for the Tohoku Shinkansen in the period April 29 - May 8 are as below.
  This year Previous year Compared to previous year Notes
Tohoku Shinkansen
(Omiya - Utsunomiya, Furukawa - Kitakami)
1,031,000 persons
1,502,000 persons
69%
 
Tohoku Shinkansen
(Morioka - Hachinohe)
96,000 persons
150,000 persons
64%
3.  Peak ridership
  This year Previous year
Outbound
May 3 (Tue)
199,000 persons
May 1 (Sat)
316,000 persons
Inbound
May 5 (Thu)
231,000 persons
May 5 (Wed)
315,000 persons
4.  Persons disembarking at stations nearest to tourist areas (11-day period from April 28 - May 8)
Station name Persons disembarking Compared to previous year Remarks
Hirosaki
62,000
92%
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival
Kakunodate
10,000
47%
Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival
Maihama
520,000
85%
Tokyo Disney Resort
5.  Short-distance passenger ridership (short-distance tickets sold in JR East service area*)
Includes number of entries at automatic ticket gates by IC cards (Suica, etc.)

Tickets sold: approx. 58,460,000   Compared to previous year: 96%

Number of short-distance tickets sold at major stations
(11-day period from April 28 - May 8)

Station name Tickets sold Compared to previous year Remarks
Shinjuku
3,822,000
98%
 
Ueno
1,001,000
99%
Ueno Zoo, etc.
Shin-Okubo
272,000
129%
 
Koshigaya-Laketown
261,000
198%
Opening of new commercial facility
Hirosaki
25,000
112%
Opening of new Shinkansen, and cherry blossom festival
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