Foreign travel advice

Japan

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility identified by the Japanese authorities. See Fukushima

The tropical cyclone (typhoon) season runs from June to December with most activity between July and September. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Tropical cyclones

Since Monday 20 June, areas of Japan have been experiencing very heavy rainfall. This is forecast to continue, and the Japanese Meteorological Agency has issued a number of landslide warnings and evacuation orders for parts of Kyushu, Amami and Okinawa. If you’re in the affected area you should monitor the local news and follow the instructions of local authorities

There is 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

In April 2016, Kumamoto prefecture was hit by two large earthquakes, resulting in damage to infrastructure. If you’re in or planning to visit the affected area, familiarise yourself with the advice of the local authorities on areas to avoid due to infrastructure damage.

There may be some disruption to transport and other infrastructure in the parts of north-eastern Honshu most affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Check with the local authorities or your travel company before you go.

There is 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 Japanese government introduced a new residency system for foreign nationals in July 2012. See Local laws and customs

258,000 British nationals visited Japan in 2015. Most visits are trouble free.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.