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Haneda Airport, train stations in Tokyo busy as travelers head out for Silver Week

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Haneda Airport and train stations in Tokyo were filled with travelers for the first time in many months on Saturday as people headed out of the capital to take advantage of the four-day holiday break popularly referred to as Silver Week.

At Haneda, both Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said planes were almost full, Fuji TV reported. The airlines said they expect to carry around 160,000 passengers between Saturday and Tuesday night — their highest levels since February. JAL said its load factor was about 70% of last year’s figure, while ANA put its figure at 50%.

Meanwhile, shinkansen (bullet trains) leaving stations in Tokyo were running at around 52% capacity on Saturday morning. JR East staff handed out wet tissues and face masks to passengers on platforms waiting to board trains at Tokyo Station.

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Good to see people getting back to normal and not believing all the hysteria around Covid.

-17 ( +18 / -35 )

Not Golden or Silver week this year. It's always Bronze for people with low salary/savings/situation but it's always Diamond Holiday for people who just feel good if they can able to.

Like me, who don't complain if food is bad, i eat other thing, if weather is bad, i go other place, if too much crowd, i go quiet areas, if annoying people, i ignore, if it's expensive, i choose other, Nothing to be frustrated about, something is there to make you feel good and you just sense it.

-1 ( +10 / -11 )

Aight thanks for confirming that BackpackingNepal.

Its neither Gold or Silver or Bronze, theres rich and poor and the inbetween on earth, and life is what you make of it...got it

9 ( +9 / -0 )

That's good to see. It's so depressing to seen an empty airport terminal or empty hotel lobby.

I saw on the news last night that many ryokan and hotels in resort areas of Japan are fully booked for Silver Week. If people take the proper precautions when they travel, maybe the tourism sector can get a much needed boost without too much of an increase in virus infections.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Are they going to gaikoku?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Let’s hope so many travelers doesn’t backfire and spread the virus all over Japan.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Good to see people getting back to normal and not believing all the hysteria around Covid.

Covid is serious. It needs to be contained. Many countries, especially asian ones, have been able to do it. Therefore with precautions like better hygiene practice and mask wearing it is relatively safe to travel.

I know the term "Golden week" is also used for the labor day and national day long holiday in Hong Kong but this is the first time I hear about "Silver week". Any Bronze week or Iron week?

8 ( +12 / -4 )

@yoshisan88

’Silver week’ is a relatively new term applying to a string of public holidays in September, which gained popularity in 2009, when - unusually - there were 3 consecutive public holidays. Since then it seems the term has stuck.

No Bronze or Iron as yet, as far as I’m aware ;)

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Wow they are scrambling like it’s the last day on earth.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

I have just been out near my house in Kyoto and there are a lot of people around this weekend. Much more than there were over Obon. Also there seem to be foreign tourists, or at least people that are looking and behaving very much like foreign tourists. I didn't think any were currently allowed in? I was also subject to a few more snide comments than usual - I detect a little aniti-foreignerism at the moment....

8 ( +9 / -1 )

They must have secret herbs. Corona be damned

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Thank tofu that the J-gov doesn't have the totalitarian power of certain other "free" countries to literally lock down the citizenry.

Do as your mama told you :

*wash your hands!

*stop touching your face!

*don't touch

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

*don't touch what's not yours!

*wash your hands again!

Although coronavirus is a different thing, basic hygiene can prevent you from being infected.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Thank tofu that the J-gov doesn't have the totalitarian power of certain other "free" countries to literally lock down the citizenry.

Problem is the other countries are so "free" their people get obnoxious and don't listen to anyone.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

They have not been able to travel before so taking this chance to

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Good news for reviving economy in many industries.

At Haneda, both Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said planes were almost full, Fuji TV reported.

Airline companies will take appropriate measure for social distance between each seat

In addition to satisfied ventilation in the plane,

I wish people take advantage of more GOTO campaign and use money !

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Crazy, you watch the numbers are going to jump way up in the next couple weeks. Being on a crowded train to go to work is one thing, however, intentionally going to a crowded airport to go on a holiday during this COVID is just suicide and that is not contained to one person but passed onto many.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Japanese can fly with no problem but I can’t. Maybe I should join the GB Olympic team.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Good to see people getting back to normal and not believing all the hysteria around Covid.

Bravo !!.. (facepalm)..

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Undoubtedly, cases will increase, but so will influenza cases and car crashes.

Life involves a level of risk and frankly the level of risk of corona is tiny for all but a few, and if you go out and look around there are plenty of elderly and obese people getting on with life while taking precautions.

Japan has done an excellent job so far at keeping deaths low, why doubt now?

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Headed out to Tohoku. Train semi-busy. Having a whale of a time

1 ( +3 / -2 )

“Let’s hope so many travelers doesn’t backfire and spread the virus all over Japan.”

Heaven forbid the panic stops. What would we do???

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Good to see people living normal lives.

Now, let's get rid of the 'new' part and then we'll be back to normal.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Japan has done an excellent job so far at keeping deaths low, why doubt now?

Japan isn't verifying or keeping accurate data on covid deaths. The actual numbers are unknown.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

In my opinion, short flights while wearing masks is likely lower chance of infection of CV19. Right now, people still riding trains everyday and not much rise in CV19 cases.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

CrashtestDummy, the numbers are not going up because to get a test done in this country is not easy even if a doctor recommends one and yes recommends. Doctors have no control over this COVID test, and the center that does the testing if they want to get deny the recommendation and the doctor does not receive a response to, why. So, the true number will never be known in this country, ever. Japan's motto, ignorance is a bliss.

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