King & Prince fans stranded after fireworks event in western Japan

Hundreds of fans of Japanese pop idols King & Prince were stranded at a station after missing the last train following a fireworks event that featured the singers.

Organizers say about 30,000 fans gathered for the event at a park in Yamaguchi City, western Japan, on Wednesday.

The crowd left the venue when the event ended at around 8:30 p.m., congesting the roads around the park.

The organizers had provided shuttle bus services between the park and JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station, but some fans could not make it in time for the last Shinkansen bullet train and had to spend the night at the station.

A woman from Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo said it took just 20 minutes to get from the station to the park, but the return trip took about 90 minutes due to traffic jams. She said she was lucky to have booked a hotel room.

West Japan Railway Company handed out drinking water, biscuits, blue tarps and cardboard to about 1,000 people at the station.

JR West officials said at a news conference on Thursday that they had consulted with the organizers ahead of the concert, but will consider transport plans in the future with the latest incident in mind.