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Tokyo-based Hato Bus to resume foreign-language sightseeing tours

First Chinese tours in 3 years to coincide with Lunar New Year

Hato Bus is resuming sightseeing tours in languages other than Japanese, as foreign visitors return to the country. (Photo by Takanobu Aimatsu)

TOKYO -- Japanese sightseeing operator Hato Bus resumes Chinese-language tours on a trial basis beginning Saturday, looking toward a revival of its various foreign-language bus tours in April as coronavirus border restrictions ease.

Hato is restarting its foreign-language bus tours after nearly three years, anticipating a rebound in overseas tourists. With Lunar New Year approaching, the company begins with a route around the Mount Fuji area that was popular before the pandemic. As of Thursday, 12 people had registered for the tour through a Taiwanese online travel agency.

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