We advise you to take normal precautions.
We advise you not to travel within the exclusion zones established by the Japanese Government in the area of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima Prefecture.
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Japan's northern island of Hokkaido was struck by a powerful earthquake (registering 6.7) on 6 September 2018. The earthquake has been followed by strong aftershocks. There remains some localised disruption to transport and power services on the island. Those in affected areas should follow the advice of local authorities, and monitor local news. Information in English can also be found on the Hokkaido Disaster Prevention Information website.
Further up-to-date weather and earthquake information in English can be found on the website of the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Strong winds and flooding affected areas of Western Japan on 4/5th September as a result of Typhoon Jebi. The storm caused significant infrastructural damage and disruption to transport links, including the flooding and subsequent closure of Kansai International Airport. There remains some localised disruption to transport links, including at Kansai International Airport, so please check with transport providers in advance of travel. Further information can be found on the Kansai International Airport website.
Torrential rain in July 2018 caused severe flooding and landslides in western Japan, including Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures. In most areas the situation has returned to normal, although clean-up operations are continuing in the worst-hit areas. Flooding and landslides are a common risk in Japan, particularly during typhoon season (May-October), and you should always follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media for updates.
The frequency of North Korean nuclear and missile tests increased in 2017, and a missile overflew Japan on 29 August 2017. See relevant information in the Safety and Security section.
Irish citizens in Japan should download TravelWise, our free smartphone app, and set an alert for 'Japan', to receive all of our significant security and other updates direct to your phone. You should also follow the Irish Embassy in Japan on Twitter. In the event of a crisis, we will issue travel advice from @IrishEmbJapan, based on updates issued by the authorities in Ireland and Japan.
We strongly encourage all Irish citizens resident in Japan to register on our Citizen's Registration Portal so as to ensure that they can receive any communications being issued by the Embassy.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Japan by dialling 110.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical 'Know Before You Go' guide
Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:13:30 BST