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Giant maze created from 60 unused tour buses proves popular in Tokyo

Participants are seen walking through a huge maze formed using tour buses in Tokyo's Ota Ward on Sept. 19, 2020. (Mainichi/Tatsuro Tamaki)

TOKYO -- A temporary maze created using tour buses that have been out of use due to the coronavirus pandemic was launched on Sept. 19 in the capital's Ota Ward, quickly capturing public attention.

    Hato Bus Co., which conducts bus tours mainly in the greater Tokyo area, used 60 buses each measuring 3.8 meters tall as walls of the 600-meter-long maze.

    The company is also offering visitors the chance to experience the ventilation control system in its buses. By doing so, it hopes to dismiss the image that buses are closed spaces, and make people comfortable about going on bus tours now that Tokyo has been included in the national government's "Go To Travel" subsidy campaign.

    Tickets for the event, which will run until Sept. 22, are already mostly sold out due to its popularity.

    A 41-year-old resident of Ota Ward participated in the event with his 4-year-old son who loves buses. The father smiled and said, "I applied (for the tour) because I wanted to encourage the local company (Hato Bus). I'm glad my son enjoyed it too."

    (Japanese original by Tatsuro Tamaki, Photo Group)

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