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Japan Travel Advisory

 

New York, NY, March 15, 2011: We are grateful for the warm support and thoughts from many people after the historic earthquake in Japan on March 11. While painstaking rescue and recovery efforts continue in the severely struck Tohoku region, the capital city Tokyo has been recovering from a strong shock, and the western Japan is unharmed. Both Narita (http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/) and Haneda (http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/) airports have been reopened, although public transportation in and around Tokyo has been recovered only partially. Other popular destinations such as Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo, Kanazawa and Hiroshima, didn’t receive any impact from the earthquake.

Tohoku Region
Tohoku is the hardest hit region. With no recovery of public transportation systems and continuous aftershocks, it is extremely difficult to travel to this region. Due to the nuclear power plant accident after the earthquake, it is strongly advised to refrain from traveling to Fukushima as well as to follow the updates.

Tokyo and Surrounding Areas
Hokkaido, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu are unharmed, and tourism facilities and transportation service are operated as usual.

Other Regions
Despite the brief recovery of the public transportation networks, periodical blackouts have been imposed for power conservation, causing train delays and cancellation. Some hotels and other businesses shorten the business hours, and it is recommended to refer their updates in advance.

For visitors currently traveling in Japan, the Tokyo Headquarters of Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) provides around-the-clock information service at the Tourist Information Center (TIC):
TIC in Tokyo
Phone: +81-(0)3-3201-3331
Service in English, Chinese and Korean
The 24-hour service is available for the duration of current crisis

JNTO’s North American website also provides daily updates here
http://www.japantravelinfo.com/news/news_item.php?newsid=431

Please note that due to the intensive recovery effort, travel information is updated
frequently. Please refer to multiple sources for latest information.

Japan National Tourism Organization Tokyo Headquarters
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/index.html

The Embassy of Japan
http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/index.html

For more information contact:
Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager
nakashi@jntonyc.org

Information is provided as a courtesy to users of this website. Though the JNTO endeavors to ensure the information is accurate, users of the information are to act on such using their own judgement and at their own risk. Neither the JNTO nor any holder of copyright to the information shall be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or misunderstanding, either direct or indirect, that is incurred as a result of utilizing the information.

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