4. 24. 2019
Traffic Restriction from June 27 to 30, 2019 for the G20 Summit
The G20 Summit is an annual international meeting with a main focus on economic fields, attended by people from a total of 37 countries and organizations, including heads of state from member countries and invitee countries, as well as representatives from international organizations.
Japan will be serving as the host country for the 2019 G20 Summit, and it will be held in Osaka.
For the 2019 G20 Summit, the three Kansai Airports (Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, and Kobe Airport) will serve as entryways to Japan and to the Kansai region.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused to travelers visiting these airports due to restrictions to access, etc., and we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
2019 G20 Summit Event Overview:
Dates: Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, 2019
Venue (Planned): International Exhibition Center, Osaka (INTEX Osaka)
• Due to the G20 Osaka Summit, from Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30, 2019, expect large-scale, long-lasting traffic restrictions for both the expressway (including bridges to and from the airport) and the roads on the airport island.
• Travel by train is strongly recommended, because it is less likely to be affected by these restrictions.
• In addition, there will be increased airport security at Kansai International Airport: during this four-day period, police officers will be stationed at the entrances to the passenger terminals, checking for airplane tickets, E-tickets, reservation tickets, etc. that clearly show flight plans. Please be prepared for this check before entry. Visitors who do not have airplane tickets will also be subject to searches of bags and other personal belongings. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
• Visitors planning on going to Kansai International Airport during the G20 Osaka Summit, or on the days before or after, are strongly recommended not to come by car. Expect long delays, and aim to arrive much earlier than usual.
- Kansai International Airport: https://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/notices/g20
- For more details on the G20 Osaka Summit, please visit the following website: https://www.2019-g20-osaka.jp/english.html
- For more information on traffic restrictions, please visit the following website: https://www.police.pref.osaka.lg.jp/topics/G20/
4. 21. 2019
The status of reservations of public transportation between April 27, 2019 and May 6, 2019 (A 10-day holiday in Japan)
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced the status of reservations of public transportation during this 10-day holiday and the outline is described below. If you are planning to visit Japan during the holiday period, we recommend you to be aware of traffic congestion forecast and to make reservations in advance.
Congestion of the Shinkansen lines is expected to reach its peak on April 27 (Sat) and 28 (Sun), mainly in services leaving from Tokyo. The reservation rate exceeds 70% in some lines. The reservation rate of services arriving Tokyo on May 3 (Fri) to 5 (Sun) is slightly high. On the other hand, the reservation rate is generally less than 60% in the second half of the holiday.
The reservation rate of domestic flights leaving Tokyo of most airlines is over 90% in the first half of the holiday. The reservation rate of domestic flights arriving Tokyo of some airlines is over 90% in the latter half of the holiday. The reservation rate of many airlines exceeds 90% for flights leaving Japan in the first half of the holiday and those arriving Japan in the second half.
The reservation rate of domestic regular passenger ship services exceeds 90% mainly in the first half of the holiday. In the second half, the reservation rate of some routes is under 80% and there is still availability.
Buses and Car Rentals
You are still able to make reservations for bus services to/from major airports. Moreover, reservations for car rentals near major airports are concentrated in the middle of the holiday. There are particularly-high demands for car rentals near New Chitose Airport and Fukuoka Airport.
It is expected that congestion over 10km occurs on expressways from Tokyo to other areas especially on May 3 (Fri) and those from other areas to Tokyo especially on May 4 (Sat) and 5 (Sun). We recommend you to allow enough time for your schedule, because limousine buses and taxis to/from airports may delay because of heavy traffic.
As for general roads, heavy traffic is expected near tourist destinations, since vehicles heading to those places increase mainly on days off during this holiday.
9. 28. 2018
Warning alert on Typhoon Trami (Typhoon No. 24)
Typhoon Trami (Typhoon Number 24) is projected to approach Okinawa and Amami Islands on September 29th and continue northeastward along Japan through October 1st.
Travelers visiting Japan are advised to check the latest local weather reports, follow directions from local officials and take any other appropriate actions as needed.
For the latest information, visit here.
9. 15. 2018
Transportation and tourist information after Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon No. 21)
KANSAI AREA TRANSPORTATION AND TOURIST INFO UPDATE
On September 18th, the airport access railroad is scheduled to be reopened, and JR West and Nankai Electric Railway will resume their normal service to the airport from the first train.
Please check the websites for train schedule.
JR West: http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/
Nankai Electric Railway: https://www.howto-osaka.com/en/traffic
For the latest information, please visit here.
9. 6. 2018
Earthquake in Hokkaido
On September 6th, 2018 at approximately 3:00 am JST (6:00 pm GMT), a strong earthquake (Magnitude 6.7) occurred in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
According to Japan Meteorological Agency, this earthquake poses no tsunami risk. Travelers visiting Hokkaido are advised to be alert for major aftershocks for a week.
For more information, visit here.
7. 20. 2018
Recovery updates in local areas of Western Japan
As for The heavy Rain Event of July 2018, many tourism facilities in western Japan have resumed regular operations and welcoming tourists. Details will be renewed and added from time to time, so please check the latest updates on each website.
For more information, visit here.
7. 13. 2018
The Heavy Rain Event of July 2018
Following record rainfall in the western part of Japan, details of The heavy Rain Event of July 2018 can be found on Japan Meteorological Agency website. As of July 13th, there are cancellations and delays on some transportation except for Sanyo and Tokaido Shinkansen. Please check the latest information on each transportation website.
For more information, visit here.
6. 18. 2018
Northern Osaka Prefecture Earthquake
Japan National Tourism Organization Updated: June 18, 2018
On June 18th, 2018 at approximately 8:00 am JST (23:00 pm GMT), a strong earthquake (Magnitude 6.1) occurred in the northern Osaka area.
According to Japan Meteorological Agency, this earthquake poses no tsunami risk.
For more information, visit here.
1. 25. 2018
About Volcanic Activity of Mt. MotoShiranesan
Released by Kusatsu Town (January 24)
Mt. Motoshiranesan, located in Kusatsu-machi in Gunma, erupted on January 23. Kusatsu Onsen Town is located 7 kilometers away from the eruption site and no damage has occurred. Until safety in other areas is confirmed, Kusatsu International Snow & Spa Resort will open its Tenguyama and Onariyama courses only.
Released by Manza Onsen Tourism Association (January 23)
Manza Onsen Area is outside of the restricted area as it is located 3.2 kilometers away from the Kagamiike Pond area on Mt. Motoshiranesan. At present, there has been no effect from the eruption.
Released by Tsumagoi Village Tourism Association (January 23)
Though there has been no effect on Manza Onsen (including Manza Highway) at this time, please take caution.
1. Tourist Information Center
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) continues to release updates and provide travel-related information on its website.
For visitors currently traveling in Japan, the Tokyo Headquarters of Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) provides information service at the Tourist Information Center (TIC):
TIC in Tokyo
1st Fl, Shin-Tokyo Building, 3-3-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Service in English, Chinese and Korean
Open Daily (except Jan. 1) from 9am to 5pm
2. Post-Earthquake and Tsunami Situation
We are grateful for the warm support and thoughts from many people after the historic earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011.
Despite Japan experiencing an unprecedented natural disaster in March 2011, the majority of Japan, including popular tourist destinations, withstood the natural disaster and rapidly recovered. The U.S. Department of State removed the travel alert to Japan on April 13, 2012, stating that "tourist facilities are widely available, except in coastal areas of Northeast Japan still recovering from the aftermath of the March, 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami."
International organizations such as IAEA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, have affirmed the condition of the reactors as stable and safe. The U.S. government recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all unnecessary travel to areas described by the Japanese government on the following map.
The Current Radiation Level in Japan
Except for the neighboring areas near the nuclear power plants, there is no dangerous level of radiation detected in Japan. Tokyo is NOT within radiation contamination area, as it is located over 200km (124 miles) away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant facilities. The radiation level in Tokyo is similar to that of New York City.
You can confirm the international comparison of radiation level here.
Government's Decision on Addressing the Contaminated Water Issue
In order to tackle the contaminated water issue at the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plants, the Government of Japan has decided, mobilizing expertise of all the government authority, to play a further proactive role in taking countermeasures against the issue. In this context, on 3rd September, the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters decided "Basic Policy for the Contaminated Water Issues at the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (PDF) " Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) considers public health and safety as the top priority for international travelers to Japan, and continues to provide latest information from Japanese and international authorities and regulators.
At present, statistically-significant increase of radioactive concentration in the sea outside the port of the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi NPS has not been detected. However, the Government of Japan will continue to pay the closest attention to the situation, make every effort to work on the contaminated water leakage issue, and provide information to the international community in an appropriate way.
Basic Facts on Influence of Contaminated Water
Influence of contaminated water is limited in the port of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants, which is smaller than 0.3km2 (74 acres). The government's monitoring system detects that the radiation level of the sea water stays below the standard of 10 Bq/L. The government's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters has issued the basic policy for the contaminated water issues here.
How is the safety of drinking water and food in Japan?
Products distributed to the public, including food and water, are rigorously inspected and approved by Japanese authorities for contamination safety. The Japanese government has instituted a food product monitoring system from the world's highest level of standard, screening over 412,000 agricultural products. So far, there are only 2,866 items (0.69%) has exceeding level of radiation, and these items have been already removed from distribution and disposed. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is disclosing results from the current radiation test on food and water here:
Tap Water: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index_water_supply.html
Other food products:
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index_food_radioactive.html (updated daily)
Embassy of the United States in Japan
Radiation, Health and Food Safety Information Post-Fukushima
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
The office of Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
(Statements from international authorities)
3. Useful Links