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Japan's once-in-ten-year cold wave and blizzard port 60-member tour group stranded at Osaka Airport due to road closures

2023-01-24T13:45:32.353Z

Many citizens take advantage of the New Year to travel, but Japan today (24th) experienced cold weather and heavy snowstorms once in 10 years. More than 120 local planes and flights were cancelled, and some JR trains were delayed or suspended. Freestyle



Many citizens take advantage of the New Year to travel. However, Japan today (24th) experienced cold weather and heavy snowstorms once in 10 years. More than 120 local planes and flights were cancelled, and some JR trains were delayed or suspended.

Yuan Zhenning, executive director of Zongyou, said that more than 60 group members just arrived in Japan this afternoon, but they were forced to stay at Osaka Airport due to the closure of the Osaka Airport connecting bridge. "Fortunately, no guests need to be stranded on the road or bus." The itinerary of the group members needs to be slightly changed. Now it is considered that if the JR railway is opened, the group members can take the train to the hotel in Osaka to rest.

As for tomorrow there will be more than 10 groups departing for Japan, but I have not received any notice from the airline to cancel it, and I believe they will depart as scheduled.


Yuan Zhenning said that there are currently 1,200 to 1,300 group members in Japan, with the largest number in Hokkaido.

Among them, more than 60 people in 2 or 3 groups had to stay temporarily at Osaka Airport due to the closure of the Osaka Airport connecting bridge due to strong wind and heavy snow.

He pointed out that this group of group members did not arrive until 5 pm today.

The passengers of the group were arranged to stay at Shirahama Hot Spring in Wakayama, but the current itinerary needs to be slightly changed, and they should live in a hotel in the center of Osaka.

He said frankly, "Fortunately, no customers need to be stranded on the highway, on the bus...at least they don't get cold in the street, at least there are restaurants at the airport for them to eat."

Yuan said that it is unknown when the connecting bridge to Osaka Airport will be opened, and the group members just finished dinner at the airport, so they can only wait for now.

He also pointed out that there are currently two plans. If the bus can run, leave the airport and go to the next destination, or wait for the JR railway to reopen, and the group members can take the train to the hotel in Osaka to rest.

Yuan Zhenning, executive director of Zongyou, said that future schedules will also be slightly affected.

(Photo by Li Peizi/File photo)

He said that future itineraries will be slightly affected, depending on the daily itinerary. For example, if the cable car is out of service or the zoo is not open, tickets will be refunded.

"Actually, everyone goes to play. If you can't go to attraction A, go to attraction B. The most important thing is to be safe, comfortable and happy." He said that tomorrow there will be more than 10 groups with a total of more than 200 people going to Japan. If the airline does not cancel the flight, it will be as usual. Departure, no notice of suspension of flight has been received yet.

The Japan Meteorological Agency predicts that Japan will be affected by cold weather and heavy snow from the 24th to the 26th.

Japan's Fuji News Network (FNN) reported today that more than 120 aircraft flights were canceled in Japan, and Japan Airlines (Japan Airlines) decided to cancel 72 flights, including flights to and from Osaka International Airport and Izumo Airport in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) canceled 56 flights on the 24th, including flights to and from Noto Airport in Ishikawa Prefecture and Toyama Airport in Toyama Prefecture.

According to the JR West website, some trains in the Hokuriku area, Kansai area, and China area were delayed or suspended today.

Some trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen are delayed; some super express trains are delayed, routed, or suspended.

Weather|Japan, South Korea, strong wind and heavy snow, JR trains delayed, all flights in Jeju canceled

Source: hk1

All news articles on 2023-01-24

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