Japanese people are busy traveling on the occasion of Golden Week
This is also the first time in the past 3 years Japan don’t have to go on holiday Golden Week in a state of emergency about the epidemic COVID-19.
Unlike the Golden Week in 2021, when the COVID-19 epidemic was breaking out, this year’s Golden Week has seen the prospect of recovering activities in the tourism and service business in Japan.
Compared to the same period in 2021, the number of train tickets and flights booked has increased sharply, but has not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
Domestic flights of airlines such as Japan Airlines or All Nippon Airways are almost fully booked. The number of domestic and international air tickets both experienced impressive growth between April 29 and May 8, respectively 1.7 times and 4.7 times higher than in 2021. It is also the first time in 2 years that 4 security gates of Haneda Airport have reopened after 2 years of raging epidemic.
As for railways, the number of passengers booking tickets for high-speed train lines increased from 56% to nearly 300% between April 28 and May 9 compared to the same period a year ago.
As at many airports, train stations across Japan saw busy lines of people. JR Tokyo Station welcomed a large number of passengers preparing to board the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train line, which only restored full service on April 14 after having to suspend operations due to the impact of the earthquake in the area. Northwest Japan in March.
The Japanese government lifted the nationwide COVID-19 containment measures from March 21, allowing restaurants and businesses to resume normal operations.
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