- Reviewed: 7 March 2018, 17:00 NZDT
- Still current at: 22 March 2018
There is extreme risk associated with travel to Area 3 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, as identified on the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website. We advise against all travel to this area due to the risk of radiation.
There is high risk associated with travel to Areas 1 and 2 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, as identified on the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas due to the potential risk of radiation.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Japan due to heightened tensions in the region and we advise caution.View Larger Map Close/Open map
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant
On 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused significant damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Radiation levels remain a concern in the areas outlined above. A more detailed explanation of the various restrictions in these areas has been provided by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
New Zealanders considering travel to affected areas are advised to follow any advice or instructions issued by the Japanese authorities on precautionary or protective measures.
Security Tensions in the Region
Relations on the neighbouring Korean Peninsula can be tense. North Korea has conducted nuclear and ballistic missile tests with increased frequency within the region, leading to further tensions. Further tests, provocations or reactions, including affecting Japan, remain possible.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little warning and New Zealanders in Japan are advised to monitor the media to stay informed of any developments and follow any alerts and instructions issued by the local authorities.
Crime levels in Japan are low, however, there have been reports of foreigners being targeted in Tokyo’s entertainment districts of Roppongi and Kabuki-cho for drink spiking, credit card fraud, robbery and fraudulent charges. Extra care should be taken to ensure your drink is never left unattended. We recommend against accepting drinks from strangers or recent acquaintances.
General travel advice
Foreigners in Japan are required to carry their passport or residence card at all times.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK provides a free smartphone app called "NHK World TV" which can be set to receive emergency notifications in English about earthquake and tsunami warnings as well as breaking news alerts. The breaking news alerts include J-Alert warnings and updates on weather-related incidents such as volcanic eruptions and typhoons. After downloading the app, turn on push notifications in the settings menu to ensure activation of the notification function.
The Japanese Government’s Civil Protection Portal Site provides an outline in English about the J-Alert warning system and related civil defence protective measures.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Japan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.
New Zealanders in Japan are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan
Street Address 20-40 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150 - 0047, Japan Telephone +81 3 3467 2271 Fax +81 3 3467 2278 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/japan Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1730 hrs
New Zealand Honorary Consulate General Osaka, Japan
Street Address Daikin Industries Ltd, Umeda Centre Building, 2-4-12 Nakazaki-nishi Kita-ku, Osaka 530 - 8323, Japan Telephone +81 6 6373 4583 Fax +81 6 6373 4394
New Zealand Honorary Consulate Fukuoka, Japan
Street Address C/O Nishi-Nippon Railroad, 1-11-17 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-8570, Japan Telephone +81 92 734 1552 Fax +81 92 722 1405
New Zealand Honorary Consulate Nagoya, Japan
Street Address Rinnai Corporation, 2-26 Fukuzumi-cho, Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya 454 - 0802, Japan Telephone +81 52 361 8257 Fax +81 52 361 8871 Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700 hrs
New Zealand Honorary Consulate Sapporo, Japan
Street Address Home Kikaku Centre Co., Ltd. 1-26 West 2-chome, North 38-jo Kita-ku, Sapporo Hokkaido 001-0038, Japan Telephone +81 11 802-9272 Fax +81 11 802-9275 Hours Fri-Tue (closed on Wed and Thu), 0900 - 1700 hrs
New Zealand Honorary Consulate Sendai, Japan
Street Address Hashimototen Co Ltd, 27-21 Tachimachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0822 Telephone (022) 208-7700 Fax (022) 216-4111
See our regional advice for North Asia