On 6 September 2018, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurred in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Aftershocks are continuing and there remains some localized disruption to transportation. If you’re in Hokkaido, or are planning to travel to the area, you should be careful of aftershocks, follow the advice of local authorities, and check with transportation companies for any changes or cancellations of schedule.
There is still some localized transport disruption in western Japan following Typhoon Jebi. For the latest information on flights, check the website of Kansai International Airport If you’re planning to travel through the affected areas, or use the airport, you should follow the advice of local authorities, transportation services and check with your airlines.
On 21 April 2018, North Korea announced a halt to nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile testing. However, the level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice, and there is a risk of a further increase in regional tensions which may affect Japan. You should keep in touch with news broadcasts, follow the advice of the local authorities and check this travel advice for any updates (Cabinet Secretariat Civil Protection Portal Site).
For updates on political events on the Korean Peninsula which could affect travellers to Japan you should read the South Korea Travel Advice
The Japanese authorities continue to maintain some exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility. Travel through these zones on some designated trunk roads is allowed. Follow local signs and instructions while travelling in this area. See Fukushima
There’s a continuous risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis throughout Japan. Latest warnings and advisories are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website. See Natural disasters
The Rugby World Cup 2019 will take place in Japan from 20 September until 2 November 2019, with the 4 home nations playing in 9 cities across the country. Check our Rugby World Cup 2019 guidance page to make sure you are familiar with local laws and tips before travelling to Japan.
310,500 British nationals visited Japan in 2017. Most visits are trouble free.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Japan, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
To contact the emergency services call 110 (police) or 119 (fire and ambulance). Calls are free of charge from any phone, including pay phones.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.