How safe is Japan at the moment? I have tickets to travel there during December 2011 (Tokyo & Hakuba)
I am travelling to Tokyo at the end of the year December 2011 and most of my trip will be spent in the snow in Hakuba. I am wondering about the radiation and if trains / buses to get to Hakuba will be operating?
apart from a spike around the 16th and 17th of March at the height of the crisis at the Fukushima plant, radiation levels in Tokyo have been near normal and well within the 'safe' limits. I recently saw some testing of the drinking water from Chiba (Tokyo) and the readings of radioactive material were ZERO. Today there's a news report that tea grown south-west of Tokyo has been withdrawn from sale because of increased levels of radiation.... I'm not a scientist but I suspect the radiation would have fallen on the growing tea at about the same time as those spiked levels in Tokyo, and the tea has only now been processed.
Some media (and others like Eric who likes to post on Answers) is unnecessarily alarmist and not to be believed. Have a look at the daily radiation level readings taken by this independent source Tokyo Radiation Levels https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Radiation-Levels/196845207013685
The west of Japan, where you'll be skiing (lucky thing) is not subject to any travel warning or alert. There have been no reports of increased radiation levels in that region (or anywhere more than about 100km from Fukushima).
There's some shortage of power in Tokyo which means some trains don't run on schedule, but there are plenty of services and it just means you might not get the to-the-second precision Japan is famous for. The west of Japan is on a different power grid to Tokyo and disruption to supply is insignificant (or non-existant).
Also, December is quite a way off, so you have plenty of time to assess the situation, and I'm sure the conditions in Japan and Tokyo will have been remedied significantly quite quickly.
You can check for disruption to JR-east services at this website:
and it presently shows the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano is operating normally.
Go, enjoy the experience and the amazing snow. Phil over 9 years ago
Agreed with phil,
It is 100% safe to come to tokyo and other areas of japan outside of the fukushima powerplant area. There is even some doubt that the power cuts will occur. But by december everything will be more or less like usual.
I'd say more but phil has already said it. over 9 years ago
I totally agree with the others. My wife and I went to Tokyo and places around it in April and even then things were fine. Check out 'TimeOut Tokyo' on Twitter. They're right on the pulse with good info (I don't work for them).
We were in Shinjuku during a 7.2 quake early April and even then it was totally safe. Enjoy Tokyo. It is brilliant. over 9 years ago
So, it's safe to travel to Tokyo in December? over 9 years agoAnswered by Salman via WorldNomads.com