Passengers look at an information board displaying cancelled flights in the departure hall. AFP
Japan braced for Typhoon Faxai on Sunday cancelling trains and flights in Tokyo with destructive winds of up to 216 kph (134 mph) and heavy rain expected to hit the region overnight, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Faxai, a woman's name in Lao, could dump as much as 300 millimetres of rain in the next 24 hours, said the agency.
"Winds and rains could pick up suddenly, causing severe storms at sea, and there is a risk of record-breaking winds in the capital and other regions," it said on its website.
National broadcaster NHK warned that high-speed winds could fell power lines and damage homes, while heavy rains could trigger flooding and landslides.
In preparation, the Central Japan Railway company said it would cancel or suspend around 50 bullet train services between Tokyo and Osaka from 0900 GMT and warned of the possibility of additional delays and destination changes due to the storm.
Japan Airlines it had cancelled around 20 flights to and from Tokyo's two airports on Sunday, and warned of more cancellations and delays.
ANA Holdings said it had cancelled all flights on Sunday to Hachijojima, a small island located around 300kms (186 miles) south of Tokyo, adding that some flights to and from Tokyo may be delayed or cancelled on Sunday and Monday
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Around 17,000 passengers were stranded overnight at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, an official said on Tuesday, after it took a direct hit from a powerful typhoon that caused transport chaos throughout the capital.
Typhoon Faxai powered into the Tokyo region in the early hours of Monday last week, packing record winds that brought down power lines, disrupted Rugby World Cup preparations and prompted the government to order tens of thousands of people to leave their homes.
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