A few days ago, Japan entered four consecutive holidays. It was originally a holiday for the opening of the Olympic Games. However, because of the epidemic, the Olympics were postponed, but the holiday was retained. Even if the people are fake, Japan’s tourism industry is still hit hard. The Japanese government recently proposed a “going on vacation” plan, advising everyone to start domestic travel and provide travel subsidies. But this time is the peak of the epidemic, and the daily data is worrying. Can you really go out and travel with peace of mind? The author had a risk experience.
The “Go on Vacation” plan is a subsidy program for domestic travel expenses in Japan that began on July 22. The purpose is to arouse domestic tourism and save Japan’s tourism industry. During this period, whether it is a travel agency agent or an individual reservation, you can enjoy half price, a fee reduction of up to 20,000 yen (about 1,326 yuan) per person, and discount coupons for restaurants or souvenir shops in tourist attractions. But because this trip to Karuizawa was booked a long time ago by the author, I didn’t plan to enjoy the discount of “going on holiday” activities. After all, I was hesitant to cancel the trip because of the soaring number of infections.
After intense discussions, the family finally decided to travel as planned, but we were very cautious about this trip: First of all, our family chose to drive to Nagano by car, avoiding public transportation and contact with outsiders. Secondly, what we booked is a family-style forest cabin, one family, independent space, in the nature. Because we have been here before and have some experience, we chose to walk in the forest to avoid hotel car pick-up. I have been thinking that the only risk is the restaurant and the formalities, but the result is-I worry too much.
We drove off early the next morning, and after a three-hour drive, we finally reached our destination. When the car had just turned into the hotel area, service staff wearing masks and gloves could be seen on the side of the road with gestures. According to the guidance, we drove to the front of the lobby, and the staff told us aloud: “During the epidemic, you don’t need to get out of the car and check in directly in the car.” In the first step, each of us was tested for temperature. It was also disinfected, and then the staff stood outside the car, put the prepared check-in procedures in an envelope and handed it to us. In addition to the hotel introduction, there are many special regulations under the epidemic: for example, you need to make an appointment in advance for meals, and you only need to leave the room. Wear a mask… In our view, these requirements are not excessive, but more reassuring.
Under the guidance and help of the staff, we parked, moved luggage, and checked into the cabin. During this period, the staff wore masks and gloves all the way, and the car that helped us transport the luggage had a layer of plastic sheet behind the driving seat, keeping the driver and passengers basically isolated.
In the continuous rainy days, the forest became more humid and the smell was fresh and pleasant. No one was seen along the way. It felt like there was only our family in the forest. After a short break, we arrived at the restaurant as scheduled. Two rows of flowers are placed at the door, low-key and elegant. After verifying the identity, after entering the restaurant, the waiter came over to explain the precautions to us. Under the epidemic, even the rules are different. First of all, there is a special pocket for masks with instructions for use (as shown in the picture). Considering that guests have to take off the masks during meals, this is both beautiful and hygienic. Second, as long as you leave your seat, you must wear a mask. Third, order food directly with the chef. After the chef is done, the customer will pick it up by himself, and the waiter will hardly touch the food. Also, the front, rear, left and right tables where we were seated were empty. There is a long distance between the diners, and dining on the basis of social distance is reassuring. This also explains why restaurants must make reservations to prevent guests from showing up at the same time. Waiting is a waste of time and increases the risk of infection. Half of the restaurant seats are vacant. Japanese restaurants under the epidemic have adopted this method to welcome guests. Even if the passenger flow is reduced by half, a safe distance is required. During the entire meal, we don’t have to worry, we don’t feel that we are taking risks, and we don’t have to urge the children to eat and leave. I can finally breathe a sigh of relief and have a leisurely meal outside.
At the end of the day, we swept away the worries about traveling during the special period, and truly stayed in nature and relaxed. I have always admired the Japanese service. When I feel a bit picky, they are always more picky than me.