Japan travel advice
Typhoon season runs from June to December. The Japan Meteorological Agency provides information and forecasts (in English) about approaching storms. See Natural Disasters – Typhoons for further information.
We advise against all but essential travel to those areas in north-east Japan most affected by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami. This includes those coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures which suffered extensive damage. These areas continue to experience disruptions to residential, business and transport infrastructure. There is also a continuing risk of aftershocks. If your travel is essential, you should consult local contacts before travelling.
We advise against all travel within a 30km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, as well as against all travel to the deliberate exclusion zones outside this 30km radius identified by the Japanese authorities as shown on this map.
There may however still be some further disruptions to transport, power, communications and water and food supplies. For up to date transport news, please refer to JR East's English site. For information about possible power cuts during the summer months, please check the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) website.
There is a continuous risk of earthquakes and tsunamis throughout Japan. Latest warnings and advisories are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Slovenian nationals living and travelling to Japan should observe the advice being given by the Japanese authorities on the nuclear situation. The 20km zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been designated a restricted area. Anyone entering this area illegally is liable to a fine of up to 100,000 yen (approx 1.000 EUR) or detention. Outside the 20km zone, specific areas have been designated deliberate evacuation areas. These areas are shown on this map prepared by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, with the Planned Evacuation Zone marked in pink and the Emergency Evacuation Preparation Zone marked in yellow. On 30 September, the Japanese authorities lifted the evacuation orders in the Emergency Evacuation Preparation Zone.
The Japanese authorities are carrying out comprehensive checks to monitor radiation in the environment surrounding Fukushima and to monitor possible contamination of water, food and produce. They are imposing strict controls where necessary.