I will be visiting friends in Yokohama, Tokyo, and Kyoto in September. But, I am concerned about the radiation levels and the possible negative effects on health.
Bea, further than 80 kms from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant there's no indication of levels of radiation dangerous to human health.
In Tokyo, 240 kms away, apart from a period of approximately 24 hours on March 16, radiation levels have been near normal. Even on the day when they were elevated it was only the equivalent of getting an abdominal x-ray, and not considered harmful.
Yokohama and Kyoto are even further away and there's been no indication of any significant increase in background radiation.
I have more information in this piece on the WN safety hub:
Don't worry, and enjoy your trip. almost 8 years ago
Can I add in response to Rickson's comment:
While it's always a good idea to get 'local knowledge' I think it's been made quite clear which parts of Japan are off-limits. Australia's DFAT names the north-eastern prefectures which were badly damaged by the quake and tsunami, which includes Fukushima prefecture. Of course Fukushima has the added danger of the nuclear reactor crisis. These areas are currently listed as DO NOT TRAVEL zones. Other than that, Japan is cleared for travel. I think saying 'check with a local travel agent' suggests there are problems over ALL of Japan, when that's not the case.
Obviously anyone intending to travel to the north-east needs to re-think their plans, not only would it be unsafe and unwise to travel there, it may also be impossible because the Japanese government has restricted access (including closing some roads). almost 8 years ago
I just posted a lengthy answer to a similar question. You can find it here:
Especially with the Japanese government censoring all media, good news about the crisis being over is everywhere! However, there are some things that need to be given an independent thought after considering opinions from both sides of the news spectrum.
To make a well-informed decision, first read the explanation I gave at the above link, and then you should also read some of the articles on my site here:
If it is September that you are planning to travel, then you might want to subscribe to RSS feed of the above site, or bookmark and visit it once in a while to catch up on some independent opinion as days and months progress.
Your Tokyo Nuclear Watchdog almost 8 years agoAnswered by Japan Nuclear Crisis - Is Tokyo Safe via WorldNomads.com
My daughter teaches English in Kobe Japan. In June I visited her. and we went to Tokyo and Gunma, to visit a former exchange student, who said the radiation there was fine. My daughter asked, so I'm going again from Aug 11-20, 2011 , and I'm going to be in Kobe with my daughter, possibly Kyoto and possibly Tokyo. Because of some conflicting articles I've just read in The New York Times, I'm rather worried about the radiation exposure from june, especially Gunman and now. While my daughter says it's safe, may. I ask if we were OK in June, in Tokyo, Gunma, and Kobe, and are we OK at present, Aug. 11-20, in Kobe, Tokyo, and Kyoto? I appreciate your answer very much. The articles I read stated radiation exposure most likely all over the islbd. Thanks! Sharla. S. over 7 years agoAnswered by Sharla via WorldNomads.com
For a short time visit, Tokyo is safe. There are hotspots in Tokyo as high as the Chenobyl evacuation zone. Food is a real danger. Lots of food is sold that has various levels of contamination that is sourced from Tohoku. Avoid fish, milk, bamboo shoots, beef and mushrooms, unless they are from West Japan. During pollen season, wear a mask. Buy bottled water from outside Japan.
Bear in mind that Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is still out of control. It is still leaking high amounts of radionuclides into the sea and air. There is a real danger of further explosions, and continuing earthquakes could topple number 4 fuel spent pool causing a terrible incident.
Don't visit Tohoku unless you don't care about your health. Situation is ongoing.
South/west of Tokyo(Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu etc) is safe, wonderful and interesting and I thoroughly recommend visiting. about 7 years agoAnswered by Naoya Yamaguchi via WorldNomads.com
An update for you all from March 2013
http://safety.worldnomads.com/japan-radiation-study about 6 years ago