Golden Week officially began in Japan on Friday evening with many families setting off to turn straight back around.
“The best part of the trip is being able to say we were part of the nationwide U-turn,” says 37-year-old salaryman Mijikasu Giru.
The father of two is still undecided about whether he will go for the 3-point turn or the more basic U-turn by which he simply turns around from the inside lane back into oncoming traffic.
National and regional news crews have started camping out on top of large bridges to capture footage of vehicles making the U-turn back to Tokyo.
“I just hope my U-turn is captured on TV,” says Giru-san, “that could actually make the trip worthwhile.”