Natural disasters

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.

To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, see the website of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Volcanoes

On 6 May 2015, the Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a level 2 warning (do not approach the crater) for Mount Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. Mt Ontake, on the borders of Gifu and Nagano prefectures, and Mt Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, are currently at alert level 3 (do not approach the volcano).

Check latest volcano warnings on the website of the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

Typhoons

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.