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8 days ago

I have to cancel my trip in march to japan because of the Coronavirus illness.I would like to know if it is really so hard there in Japan

81 replies
Russia
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8 days ago

I think Japan is safe, no need to cancel the trip) I am flying to Tokyo this Saturday. If there were fears, then I think WHO would notify everyone.

Philippines
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2 days ago

Indeed. I went there recently around tokyo city and narita last february 9 til 14 2020 without wearing mask 👍

I noticed some were not wearing mask actually.

Just do proper hygiene, 👍

Netherlands
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8 days ago

Hi Anton, I want to inform you that it is a risk and has been cases all over Japan, especially Tokyo. Although it is not serious I would recommend precautionary actions. I am currently living in Kyoto, and I can tell you that almost every one in the city are wearing masks. In fact, masks and hand sanitisers are sold out in most drug stores. I can only imagine that the situation in Tokyo will be slightly more severe.

United States of America
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8 days ago

The websites are saying the number of confirmed cases in Japan just went from 26 to 28, is that number being under reported?

Chile
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7 days ago

Dear Michael, according to the statistics on your website, you should appear even in Chile, the cities of Con, whimsical and even in a town called Llay Llay.

United Kingdom
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8 days ago

My partner and I are travelling to Japan in April. Do you think it will be safe to travel around and what precautions would you recommend?

Australia
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5 days ago

We are in Tokyo now and they Japanese are saying to wear masks and use hand sanitiser as often as possible band one person said mouth wash as well.

United Kingdom
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5 days ago

Take sanitiser hand wash and remember to use it at every opportunity as you should be doing in the UK right now. It is a clean country and don't panic.

Chile
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3 days ago

Extreme hygiene measures (hand washing, use of masks, etc.)

Philippines
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2 days ago

Its safe. Indeed. I went there recently around tokyo city and narita last february 9 til 14 2020 without wearing mask 👍

I noticed some were not wearing mask actually.

Just do proper hygiene, 👍

China
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8 days ago

no need to cancel the flight japan is safe.

Ecuador
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8 days ago

I am still thinking about to cancel my trip to japan for the first week of march. Idk what to do. I am traveling with my wife but even if the situation in japan seems under control we are still concern. Any recommendations?

Argentina
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8 days ago

I don t like to travel thinking i will probably get ill .....

United Kingdom
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8 days ago

Certainly not "Probably" even in Hunan MOST people are not ill with it.

Chile
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7 days ago

Dear Patricia, the crown virus is not a disease, and the solution will be discovered very soon... masks are on purpose, and detergents will help you...

Chile
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7 days ago

No cancele su viaje

Australia
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5 days ago

Masks and lots of hand sanitizer

Chile
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3 days ago

I'm in Japan, and just extreme hygiene measures. But everything is controlled in Japan. It's a clean, careful country.

Australia
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8 days ago

I'm currently in Japan. It is mostly safe here but do take precautions as you normally would.

There are hand sanitisers everywhere, so make sure you use that often. Shop staff at tourist spots will wear masks and ask for your understanding.

It's really not necessary to panic and cancel your trip.

Mexico
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8 days ago

Hi Patricia! I just arrived from Japan and South Korea.

There are indeed many health and hygiene measures that are being dealt with. They recommend you don't eat raw food, don't visit markets, don't touch animals, wash your hands all the time, and if you're sick to wear covers. Although I have to tell you, most people wear mouths cover (mask). But the situation in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, which are the places I visited, is calm.

As for South Korea, there is a little more care as everyone wears masks and has antibacterial gel in every building, local, public transport. But generally, I can tell you that there's no problem with traveling.

I hope you won't cancel your trip. I really enjoyed mine, even though I was worried. Just remember to bring your vaccine picture up to date to prevent.

Greetings!

Argentina
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7 days ago

Being a doctor, I don't think you need to expose yourself to this. Thank you! Surely we know half of what's really going on.

Malaysia
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7 days ago

what do you mean? R u in Japan now

Chile
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7 days ago

Today we know everything... I just wanted to ask you one thing and we really won't inquire, from you dear Patricia I ask you to be very careful... ah the question is if the R V , also participates in this, because she is godmother of one of my children and if so, to forbid her visit, I could infect her with that crown virus... I hope they answer today or countries will continue to fall.

Argentina
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19 hours ago

Patricia those of us who work in health always have more fears but, I'm traveling this 24th, and we know better than others the biosafety rules, don't cancel travel and you'll see that they're not as disseminated, my friend came back yesterday and told me that it's all quiet there

Australia
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7 days ago

We are Japan at the moment & feel totally safe, face masks are common, hotels are taking all precautions to minimise risks, restaurants are open & hand sanitising is available & recommended. No fears about being here at all

Spain
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7 days ago

Hi! My boyfriend and I are going to Japan at Mid March, we are really concerned about the trip as we need to transfer from Beijing to get to Tokyo. :( Do you think we should cancel the trip? It´s our first abroad trip and we are dying to visit the country.

Argentina
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7 days ago

I'd postpone your trip. I'll do the same. I've decided I'm not taking any chances.

Spain
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7 days ago

We are going to wait till end of Feb to see if the things gets better. But as long as the airline keeps flying to Japan and we can get into the country without any problem being transferred by Beijing, we are not going to cancel the trip. But at this moment it´s better to wait than to panic I think.

Chile
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7 days ago

Don't panic and the airline is still flying in Japan, I'm telling you rightfully, because I see it...

Chile
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3 days ago

I'd recommend you look for another scale in another country. Most flights to or from China are cancelled. And security measures for those travelling from China are extreme. I canceled my trip to China and only stayed in Japan and Korea

Chile
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7 days ago

You must be very careful, because the masks are used to avoid the virus.

Chile
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7 days ago

As the medical lady says, you only know half of it, but the host (animal or immune person) carries around the antivirus, never imagine it was so serious, if I can tell you about this that lives near Tokyo, anyone can do it, for all the crumbs of face left by the crown virus

Poland
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6 days ago

I'll be traveling to Japan at March 23rd and I don't concerne to cancel my trip. Each day many people die for many diffrent things and this is another type of flue like H1N1. Besides if something has to happen it will. Heads up and think about what is waiting for you in Japan :)

Chile
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6 days ago

In Japan many died because they believed they could win the war on the Crown Virus, only to wait for the outcome of what is coming .........

Chile
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6 days ago

Ah... hello Aneta (RV), now I know that the crown virus is identified, the host that gave birth to this evil disease will soon have a cure and as in every area will be eliminated, it was only crumbs left behind by the bacteria that accompany this virus....the host is identified, for website statistics there are already 30 confirmed cases and will unfortunately continue to be found... because it was relatively easy for virologists to find

Chile
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6 days ago

Dear Anton, I ask with all due respect that you can tell Chunchang to untie me from the many Google's. I've just spoken to magistrate Enrique Cossi who is my compadre. And for the good and very respectful, communicate with his guide to do this as soon as possible.

Chile
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6 days ago

I urge you to take care of yourself, I don't know you but I think you're a good soul... take real care...

Australia
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5 days ago

We are canceling our March trip mainly due to the fact that it has started to spread in Japan in 5 different areas. The govt has also stated it as a local epidemic. If you do decide to go, other than the risk of being infected, you have to know that you may also be quarantined for 14 days if they find you have been in contact with someone who is, either in Japan or in your own country. Anywhere really. Just bare in mind these sorts of risks. And also potential lockdowns depending on how bad it could get. Just make damn sure you have insurance.

United States of America
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5 days ago

Patricia and Mud - I too canceled my March trip and hope to reschedule. When you factor in being away from your own country and the possibility of an extended hospital setting that doesn't speak your language along the cost to get back to your home country if your country's embassy will not bring you back immediately is concerning. The monetary/mental cost trying to get back to your home country outweighs any cost lost canceling/rescheduling. Or, as Mud points out, what if you get there only to end up in lockdown for your whole holiday?

Australia
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5 days ago

Mud and SAS - We are also scheduled to go in mid March. The above comments are also our concerns. But re-scheduling for 2021 is also a concern - will we actually go then? We delayed a trip on the Silk Road before the ISIS etc happened. On balance, we will probably cancel this week.

Australia
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5 days ago

I second the opinions of Mud & SAS according to all I know about this virus. I also scheduled my trip starts from the end of March and at the moment I will keep monitoring the situation until mid-March. If things become stable we'll still go, otherwise we'll cancel it.

Hong Kong
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5 days ago

I just flew out from Japan today, I stayed for a week in Japan, been to tokyo, gala yuzawa, mt fuji, osaka, kyoto. Yes lots of people are wearing mask every where, but that to follow the safety precautions procedure, and wash your hand many time. Trip to Japan can proceed, no need to cancel. As long as you are in good health should not be problem.

Japan
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5 days ago

Don’t worry. Is safe here

United States of America
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5 days ago

I would like to say that the Japanese people have been the kindest, most welcoming, generous people I have ever worked with. They have been soooooooo accommodating during this corona situation and I will be traveling to Japan to support them and enjoy their culture as soon as the world figures out how to combat this virus. Thank you to the Japanese people!

Other
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4 days ago

If you're able to load the NHK World News app, you can monitor the virus news at the top of each hour.

Just come back from japan last Saturday. It quite safe in japan. If you are worried, do wear a mask. It will be difficult to purchase mask in japan, suggest to bring along.

Japan
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4 days ago

I live in Tokyo - it's absolutely fine here. Seriously the onset of hay fever season is more of a deal right now than Corona virus. People wear masks, but that's just psychological. The masks won't to anything (except again for hay fever, they actually help with that). I would not cancel the trip because of that, in fact I have booked a lot of domestic trips specifically because it's cheap right now. You can feel how the amount of tourists from mainland china dropped drastically: People panic and cancel.
On second thought, yes cancel the trips. Less tourists mean even more discounts for me :P

Philippines
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3 days ago

I just came from Tokyo. Wearing masks is a must whenever you go out of the house. Sanitizing and washing your hands, everytime you touch something, avoiding buffets and eating raw food - are some of the things we have to seriously consider too. One may say it's an over reaction, but it is better to be safe than sorry. If we have to err, might as well err on the safe side.

United States of America
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3 days ago

I think it was alright. Health comes first

Other
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3 days ago

I just come back from Tokyo Yesterday Monday, actually you will feeling unfear in Japan, but still need to be aware and prevent for going to crowded place, and this time i renting a car for travel to prevent public transport.

Canada
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3 days ago

I will be going to Japan on the last week of April, if the situation will still be like at this time regarding the COVID19, i might have to cancel but that's me, i will not take the chance.
But i like what the others said, if you have to go just take all the precautionary measure to make yourself safe (wear mask, wash your hand, hand sanitizer etc....)

Australia
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3 days ago

Due to be in Japan first 3 weeks in March (Bucket List /Anniversary), we are monitoring the news daily. Our SmartTraveller Govt Website has Japan at Level 1 - normal safety precautions. (just checked it then.) We will make our final decision next week. Did go to local doctor, but advised to be very cautious and aware of health cleanliness.
If we go, we have ready for packing N95 disposable masks, travel hand sanitizers, (and taking gloves - both cool weather type and disposables-just in case). Tend to pack mouthwash anyway.
Aware we will have to quarantine ourselves for 14 days on our return if we do go, as precautionary measure - do not want to spread further if we happen to carry it.
It is a tough decision. I know with the airlines, we would be charged hefty fee for cancellation and rebooking. But we have Travel Insurance (as always.) - just need to recheck with them what happens.

Australia
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3 days ago

We are due in Japan mid-march. We are cancelling it now - delay till next year. A friend in Tokyo wrote he would not travel on busses, taxis or trains at present. Too much risk.

Ecuador
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3 days ago

Yesterday I made the decision to cancel my trip to Japan. The situation seems to be getting out of control. There are cases in some cities and people who did not travel to China. The Government has already recommended avoiding agglomerations and peak hours in trains and metro. I've already lost some money on this trip for my flight cancellations. I hope that hotels booked through booking will reimburse me for the money, as I had the option of free cancellation. Has anyone had the experience with refunds on booking?

Chile
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3 days ago

Si, yo cancelé mis reservas de China, se demoraron un par de dias, pero ya se han reembolsado en mi tarjeta de credito 👍🏼

Canada
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2 days ago

I have to cancel once and actually lost money, i dont know what happen, I called https://booking.com and they said it's the exchange rate that's why they gave me $50 (approximately) less
When I booked the hotel I realized that I booked a different room so I cancelled right away, so their is no way i lost $50 at almost the same time due to exchange rate.
So just watch out for that you have to check your account right away as soon as you get the refund.
They eventually returned $30 and I'm not happy about it.

Chile
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3 days ago

I am in Japan (I was in tokyo, kyoto and now osaka) and then I travel to South Korea. All good here. There are no problems, just extreme hygiene measures (use of masks, hand washing, etc.).
They cannot take Chinese-Japanese or Japanese-Chinese connections, as airlines become more complicated with tourists they have visited China.

Philippines
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3 days ago

Hi! I went there recently Feb 9 to 14, 2020. Nothing to worry 👌
Infact Ive seen many tourists around..

Germany
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2 days ago

Hey, I travel from Germany to Japan for three weeks in August. Should we wear the masks on the plane? In Japan, it is clear that you wear masks permanently...

Australia
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2 days ago

Hi there, Due to fly out on 8th March. We really wanted to go so have been monitoring the situation from all sources of media daily.
I understand Japan has high level hygiene measures but this time, the Japaneses government is not very proactive in containing the virus. Media speculates they don't want to stir up fear in community that could affect the Olympic. It won't take long for the new cases to emerge so I'm also willing to wait till next week to make final decision.

Canada
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2 days ago

We just finished our trip to Tokyo and Osaka. Almost everyone wears mask in the city. I think it's safe to visit. Must wash your hands before meals and keep using hand sanitizers always. But it is difficult to buy mask and hand sanitizer over there, you have to prepare it in advance for your trip.

Canada
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2 days ago

Hi there, my friend of nurse doesn't recommend to wear mask for a long period over 4 hours. The best way is to wash your hands always, especially before meals. And also use alcohol to clean the seat belt and table on the plane too.

Japan
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2 days ago

So much panic on this site. I live in Tokyo suburbs. No one is sick. The cases they have found are all connected to someone (a party in a very crowded boat- one sick, then spread to others, his mother 83 years old died) Will you meet people who went to that party? No, it was not in Tokyo.
The cruise ship was a different matter but that is part of the statics around Japan. They are returning to their homes or if they tested positive, they are in the hospital. Japan has a very high level of medical care. Anyway they won't be walking around.
So don't panic, inform yourselves of the truth, then make an intelligent decision about your trip...

Australia
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2 days ago

Thanks for this info. It is difficult making the right decision when we dont know what the correct situation is/what we are being told.

Australia
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1 day ago

Suggesting people who are about to travel to a foreign country that has the largest amount of infections outside of mainland China as panicking is silly. Please get your facts correct before throwing out advice. There are daily increases in infections, 11 the day before, 10 yesterday with most cases in Tokyo. Total sitting at 84. To say no one is sick is silly.
And to be very clear, these stats are outside of Diamond cruise.

High level medical care does not mean they know how to deal with epidemics as proven from the cruise. Be informed about number of cases, your government's travel advice but also do your own research into how that country is handling it. At the moment, Japan is not doing very well in that regard.

If you do travel to Japan/Singapore however, please consider isolating yourself for 14 days upon returning home.

If you want up to date news, see here
https://twitter.com/BNODesk
https://coromap.web.app/en.html

Philippines
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2 days ago

I went around Tokyo City and Narity without wearing mask recently February 9 til 14, 2020.

Japan for me is safe. And I had great time while staying there.

Don't be scared just do proper hygiene. 👍👍👍

United States of America
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2 days ago

Don’t cancel .. I just got back last week, just use common sense don’t touch anywhere on your your face when you’re out but it should always be like that.

Argentina
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2 days ago

I like photography and travel to meet cultures so I always drive in public transport. I blend in with people. I don't travel with a chauffeur or private minibuses.

United States of America
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1 day ago

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6?utm_source=morning_brew. Look at the statistics, folks. of the 136+ million people in Japan 74 got sick and 1 person died. If you are not 80, sick, immune depressed and have good hygiene (better than good hygiene by washing hands and wearing masks), you should be fine; The people of Japan are immaculate in every possible way and I have no worries about going. Our son lives there; he is just fine going about his normal school day. See you there!

Australia
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1 day ago

Just arrived back from Japan and felt very safe. Japan is such a clean country and masks worn everywhere. I took Vits ACE with Echinacea to boost my immune system before and during our trip plus washed hands regularly......

United Arab Emirates
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1 day ago

um traveling on 02/03 i believe japan is safe from corona

Australia
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1 day ago

Agree with Mud. Feeling safe doesn’t mean whether it’s in fact safe. I watched a video this morning of a Japanese Infection control expert querying inadequate measures from Jap gov when conducting checks on the Dimond princess. https://youtu.be/NksCM2Kiwfw
It may reflect that the jap gov are over optimistic about this outbreak, or not taking it seriously enough. It seems like they are making similar move as the Chinese government at the beginning stage.
Being a health care professional I understand how important it is to contain the virus ASAP. I don’t see any measures taken by the jap gov yet. Yes the society doesn’t seem to be panicked. But if they were not informed of the seriousness of the situation how could they act appropriately?
I do very much want to proceed with my planned 2 wk travel to japan in March but have to consider how the virus may progress in this two wks period. The horror comes from the unknown. We do not know who we came into contact with. Do more research and consider carefully and do consider self quarantine upon return.

Australia
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1 day ago

Sadly we just made the decision to "postpone" (cancel) our 3week trip to Japan early March. It comes down to the individual choice. Self quarantining, I believe, is imperative; the issue I see arising is for how long - 14 days may not be enough?? We have another grandchild due mid-end March, and decided that if anything may happen, and it spread... well, I wouldnt forgive myself. We have piece of mind now that this wont happen from our overseas visit. Japan, I look forward to when we do get there, at least I have my Itinerary done. Now to hassle with the airlines and travel insurance.
To those who go.. have a fabulous awesome time.

Japan
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1 day ago

A few days ago I was in Tokyo and Kyoto, while they're tired of wearing masks, it's normal for fashion, allergy and refraining why they're in winter.. I've been between Japan and Korea for 15 days and not dead xD

Taiwan
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1 day ago

I am in japan osaka now, live around namba station . Everything looks normal, mostly people wear mask and used sanitizer....
my opinion nothing need worry, just wear mask and use hands sanitizer or wash hands .
But mostly western people not wear . Beware protect yourself

Abkhazia
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19 hours ago

From the World Health Organization on subject of masks and the virus:

If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

In other words. masks are important to wear if you have the disease to prevent others from getting it, but much less useful to prevent it from attacking yourself. There is currently a massive shortage of masks because of panic, and health workers are the first line defense. They need masks more than healthy travelers.

United States of America
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16 hours ago

Regarding masks "if you have the disease" per the above post: The truth is, that you don't know if others are carriers of the virus. Play it safe and wear a mask; trains are crowded and not all people wash on and off a train. It's a small price to pay in public, crowded situations like train stations. that said, while numbers of confirmed cases in Japan have risen slightly, the rate of rise is slowing down; there have been no further deaths (counting out the two elderly ship bound passengers) in the general community. Hope your trip is a success and see you all at Narita.

Australia
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13 hours ago

you dont need to cancel your trip to Japan. Japan is a super clean country there is as much risk of getting the virus there then anywhere else in the world. Maybe less seeing they are so clean and alot of people wear masks. We just got back from Japan and it was fine. If you are worried you could wear a mask yourself for some peace of mind but honestly masks don't do much. You are better off washing your hands alot and make sure nobody coughs in your face. I would be more worried about being in the aiports. Again if it gives you peace of mind wear a mask but there is a super low percentage chance of coming across someone who has it and getting the virus.

United States of America
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5 hours ago

cloth masks do nothing; standard surgical masks do nothing. Hepa filter masks might help. Good clean hand washing with 45 seconds of friction between hands under running water will help a lot.
After washing, use elbows to shut water off; open doors with Kleenex then toss the Kleenex in appropriate receptacles. This helps. Wipe off all surfaces of your plane seat with antimicrobial cleaner before sitting (especially infotainment buttons). Put the air above you right on your chest to divert ambient air from your face to the sides. All this will help. Good, common sense. And if you are near someone who is ill; try to maintain a 2M distance (6 ft.) between you (impossible in a train in Japan)

Malaysia
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13 hours ago

I traveled to Tokyo from 10th-16th Feb and it went well. I think it will be a great loss if you already paid for everything and cancel your trip since the situation (nCov) there is not severe. Honestly, I brought a box of face masks, sanitizer wipes with me to Tokyo, but I seldom wear it, even in crowded places like their metro subway (during peak hours!), Shibuya crossing & Tokyo Disneyland! Just be cautious with your hygiene, wash your hands regularly (with soap), always take a shower upon returning to your hotel after a long day outside and I'm pretty sure you'll be fine and have a blast in Tokyo. To those wary about seeing locals wearing masks, it is actually a norm in most Asian countries to see people wear masks if they're under the weather to not infect others; of course the sightings of people wearing masks are more rampant given the current epidemic, but it shouldn't be a hindrance to enjoy your holiday!

Abkhazia
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42 minutes ago

The question I face (with a month-long trip to Japan coming end of March) is whether I will feel comfortable at the sushi bar, with dinner barehanded to me over the counter. Whether I will feel comfortable in an onsen. What it will feel like on trains and buses day after day. The issue is not exactly how to be safe -- there are methods for that, but whether I will have to limit what I do for what will be my first and only trip to Japan.