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In pictures: Japan's Golden Week paused by pandemic

Extended holiday kicks off to deserted temples and empty stations

Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto. (Photo by Maho Obata)

OSAKA -- The ubiquitous crowds and traffic of Japan's Golden Week holidays have all but disappeared this year. With the government declaring a nationwide state of emergency to combat the coronavirus outbreak, sightseeing destinations, train stations and highways are largely empty as residents stay close to home.

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