Ground TransportationBuses, trains and planes halted by heavy snowfall

Snow in Tokyo strands thousands of travellers

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View of Tokyo’s Harumi District at night on January 22.
View of Tokyo’s Harumi District at night on January 22. Photo Credit: T-Tadanobu/GettyImages

Flights were delayed, trains were trapped in snow and cars and buses came to a standstill.

Tokyo is cleaning up after the heaviest snowfall since February 2014 caused transportation delays across the city.

Flights were delayed, trains were trapped in snow and cars and buses came to a standstill.

The snowfall began on Monday morning and tapered off early Tuesday after dumping some 23 centimetres on the city. 

Thousands of travellers were stranded at Haneda and Narita airports due to flight delays and cancellations. At one point 9,000 people were stranded at Narita airport.

Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and other domestic carriers said more than 100 domestic and international flights, mainly those departing from and bound for Haneda and Narita, were cancelled.


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