Earthquakes and tsunamis
As Japan is in a major earthquake zone you should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake or tsunami, and take note of instructions in hotel rooms. Tsunami warnings are published by the [Japan Meteorological Agency](http://www.jma.go.jp/en/tsunami/}.
To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, see the website of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Following an eruption on 27 September 2014, the alert level for Mt Ontake on the borders of Gifu and Nagano Prefectures has increased to level 3 (do not approach the volcano).
Mt Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, is also currently at alert level 3. Check latest volcano warnings on the website of the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
The typhoon season runs from June to December with most activity between July and September. Southern parts of the country are particularly at risk. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the website of the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Typhoons that hit Japan are often accompanied by damaging high tides. People living in coastal areas are particularly at risk. Landslides can occur anywhere. The dangers increase when an earthquake occurs shortly after a typhoon has saturated an area.
See our tropical cyclones page for information and advice about what to do if you’re caught up in a storm.