Approximately 900 fans welcomed athletes of Japan's Sochi Olympic team at Narita airport Tuesday morning as they returned home aboard a chartered plane.
The athletes, including men's figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu and women's snowboard parallel giant slalom silver medalist Tomoka Takeuchi, were met with a deluge of camera flashes when they showed up in the arrival lobby 90 minutes later than scheduled.
"I came to see gold medal winner Yuzuru Hanyu," said Ayumi Tobai, 26, from Chiba Prefecture.
Mami Ogawa, 25, also from Chiba, said, "I was impressed by Mao Asada's performance." Asada put a poor short program behind her with a strong free skate to finish sixth.
Japan took home its second most medals at a Winter Olympics after the 1998 Nagano Games where it won 10, winning eight medals for its largest haul overseas -- one gold, four silvers and three bronzes.