Even in GW without a state of emergency declaration of COVID-19, the situation doesn't return to before the pandemic

2022.5.9 21:47

Around the cable car platform at the foot of Mt. Takao in Hachioji City, Tokyo, which is crowded with tourists

The Golden Week holidays, which has not been declared a state of emergency for COVID-19 for the first time in three years, is nearing its end. Mt. Takao in Hachioji City, Tokyo, which is one of the best tourist destinations in Tokyo, was blessed with fine weather from the morning on May 5, and was crowded with many tourists. However, it is far from the bustle before the coronavirus pandemic, and a sigh is leaking from the restaurants.
In front of the cable car platform at the foot of Mt. Takao, there was a long line of people waiting for the ride. Takaotozan Railway, which operates the cable car, shortened the operation from the usual 15-minute interval to 10-minute intervals from May 3 to 5 to alleviate congestion.
Compared to the past two years of coronavirus pandemic, the number of people has increased this year. However, the male chairman of the store association said, "Although there are more climbers than last year and two years ago, they do not visit our restaurants and souvenir shops. It will take some time before we can return to an environment where everyone can enjoy their vacation with peace of mind." A tourist man from Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture, said, "I was prepared for heavy congestion, but not so much."

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