Foreign travel advice

Japan

Summary

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

The tropical cyclone (typhoon) season runs from June to December with most activity between July and September. Tropical Storm Chaba is forecast to become a typhoon and bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of southern Japan from around 3 October. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Tropical cyclones

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

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.

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.