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Tokyo railways are notorious for their sardine-packed carriages, but for a short period, train stations were emptier they'd been in a long time while the national state of emergency was in place. Now that the emergency has been lifted, it looks like crowded trains are making a comeback, where it will be harder to observe the two-metre safe distance.
Travelling during a pandemic isn't ideal, but sooner or later you might find that the metro is your most feasible option for getting around. As a general rule, you want to steer clear of taking trains between 7am and 9am, which is when the majority of Tokyo commuters travel to work, but if you need to get somewhere during rush hour, here are the lines to avoid.
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