Tourist Spots in Japan Reeling from Typhoon Hagibis Damage
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Hakone/Nikko, Oct. 21 (Jiji Press)--With the approach of the season for autumn excursions, some tourist resorts in Japan are struggling to recover from the damage caused by record-breaking rains from powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which struck central and eastern Japan earlier this month.
In the popular hot spring resort town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, close to Tokyo, a landslide caused by the heavy rains closed off a segment of the Hakone Tozan Railway connecting Hakone Yumoto and Gora stations. The railway operator has been unable to say when services will be restored, and has run buses between the areas for the time being.
Water pipes managed by the company have also burst due to the disaster, cutting off access to hot spring water for hotels and inns nearby.
"It's almost the season for viewing autumn leaves, so it is unfortunate," a representative of a hotel in the Gora district of the town said. "I hope the railway and pipes are restored soon."
"The number of customers has decreased to about a quarter of the average year," souvenir shop owner Michitsugu Ogawa, 77, lamented. "Last year, there were so many people that there were lines."
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