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Japan overall - updated 03 July 2015
Areas 1 and 2 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant
Area 3 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant
Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, south-western Japan

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Japan. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
  • Every year a number of people are injured or killed during the winter months in snow-related accidents in Japan. See Additional information.
  • Japan is subject to earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and volcanic activity. The Japan Meteorological Agency provides up to date information in English on these issues. See Additional information.
  • On 29 May 2015, there was a volcanic eruption on Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima prefecture, south-western Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued an evaculation warning (level 5), and the island continues to remain closed. Australians should not travel to Kuchinoerabu Island until local authorities confirm it is safe to do so. See Additional information.
  • The Meteorological Agency has also upgraded its warning for Mt Hakone in the Kanagawa prefecture, south-western Japan to Level 3 (do not approach the volcano). Australians should continue to follow the advice of local authorities (See Additional information).
  • The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) assesses that the radiation levels in most parts of Japan, including Tokyo, are within the normal range of variation of background radiation. See Local travel.
  • You should exercise a high degree of caution in Areas 1 and 2 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant as specified by the Japanese Government in the following map.
  • You should not travel to Area 3 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant as specified by the Japanese Government in the following map.
  • The Hague Convention (Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction) entered into force in Japan on 1 April 2014. Australians are reminded that Japanese family law is very different to Australian law. See Laws.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:



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