Japan Travel Updates after the 3.11 Earthquake

Other Information/FAQ

Links to Your Country's Embassies in Japan

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Locating people

Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice

Confirming the safety of victims ( inquiries on departure facts )

Telephone or Translation service for foreign tourists

Tourist Information Center

[Tel] : (03)3201-3331 (in Japan)
(*)9:00 to 17:00, every day of the year.

Telephone service for foreign tourists in Tohoku (as of Apr.20)


What does "Level 7" of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident mean?

Q: Does it mean that the accident has become more serious?
This announcement does not mean that any new situation has occurred. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan estimated the emission at the accident site by inversely calculating analysis results so far and measurement values of radioactive materials at neighboring areas. Therefore, it is more accurate to say that "it has been found out that the accident is Level 7" rather than that "the classification of accident has been raised to Level 7."

Q: Is the accident as serious as the one at Chernobyl?
Comparing the total emission of radioactive materials after the accident, it is about 10% as much as that of the accident at Chernobyl at the moment. However, the scaled called "INES assessment", which is used as index of nuclear facilities accidents, is divided only to 7 levels so that the accident at Fukushima is classified as the same rank as the accident at Chernobyl, which was 10 times more serious in terms of the emission of radioactive materials.

This content was translated by the Japan Tourism Agency from the Cabinet website. Please see the original content on the Cabinet website (Japanese only).
URL: http://www.kantei.go.jp/saigai/index.html

Can I still visit Japan?

The majority of regions in Japan including popular leisure travel destinations, are outside the areas affected by tsunami, earthquake and radiation, and received no disruption to infrastructure. Everything in these areas continues to operate as usual. The greater Tokyo area has already retrieved the usual condition, and there are no more periodical blackouts. The other regions are unharmed, and safe and normal as before.
The Fukushima power plant is 200 kilometers north of Tokyo, 580 kilometers from Osaka and 1,770 kilometers from Okinawa.

A joint statement from the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Maritime Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization has reaffirmed that there is no current restriction on international flights, and operations can continue normally into and out of Japan's major airports and sea ports. Commercial flights are operating at all airports.

Can I travel around the country on public transport?

Japan's sophisticated public transportation systems have been recovered to the regular service levels everywhere, except for the tsunami-affected regions.

In disaster affected areas, most main roads including expressways have recovered and the rail network has recovered. The Tohoku bullet train line is full recovered. For aviation, all airports are open and in operation.

For maritime transport, all ports are open and in operation with certain limitations.

What about the situation of radiation in Japan?

Areas outside the 30 kilometer exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant have been evaluated to have permissible levels of radiation.
Environmental radioactivity levels by prefecture, including Tokyo, are monitored constantly and the readings are readily available to the general public.
Check Radiation Monitoring Map

Is the food & water safe?

Tap water can be used for washing hands, bathing and drinking. For anyone who would prefer to drink bottled water, it is readily available in supermarkets and convenience stores.

Radioactive materials in tap water are monitored everyday. For more information, please refer to the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index.html

Radioactive materials in food products are monitored everyday. The Government of Japan restricts distribution and consumption of food products which contains radiation level exceeding the standard which is set by the Government.

Government Actions to Ensure the Safety of Beef and Other Food (Aug. 24, 2011)

For more information, please refer to the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index.html