Tokyo Station less crowded than usual

Tokyo Station was less crowded than usual on Sunday as the number of travelers plunged sharply due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The station is normally congested on January 3, with people returning to Tokyo after celebrating New Year's Day in hometowns or resorts.

But this year, only a few people with children were seen at the station on Sunday morning.

A man in his 60s told NHK that he attended a family reunion in Nagoya. He said there were only four people in his car on the return journey and he was surprised there was such a small number of passengers this year.

Japan Railways says the occupancy rate for non-reserved seats on Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains had reached a maximum of 90 percent as of 4 p.m. on Sunday.