Disaster Updates

Typhoon #19 Update

Last updated: October 22, 2019

Typhoon #19 ("Hagibis") brought record-breaking rainfall and winds to central, eastern and northern Japan on October 12-13. The typhoon caused flooding, landslides and power outages in several regions, especially in the Kanto Region around Tokyo, the eastern Chubu Region, and the southern Tohoku Region.

Shinkansen (bullet trains)

  • The Hokuriku Shinkansen is interrupted between Nagano and Joetsumyoko. The section is expected to reopen on October 25. In the meantime, travelers between Tokyo and Kanazawa are advised to take the Tokaido Shinkansen and a limited express train via Nagoya, Maibara or Kyoto.
  • All other shinkansen are running.

Impact on Tourism

Below is a list about the situation in selected major destinations:

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Volcano Closures

No-entry zones are currently maintained at the following prominent volcanoes:

  • Sakurajima (Level 3 - do not approach the volcano)
    Do not climb the mountain. Does not affect transportation and tourism.
  • Mount Aso (Level 2 - do not approach the crater)
    No-entry zone 1 km from crater. Closure of ropeway, road and hiking trails.
  • Kusatsu-Shirane (Level 2 - do not approach the crater)
    No-entry zones around craters. Closure of hiking trails.
  • Mount Hakone (Level 1 - potential for increased activity)
    No-entry zone around the Owakudani area. Closure of ropeway and hiking trails.
  • Mount Shinmoedka (Kirishima) (Level 1 - potential for increased activity)
    Closure of hiking trails.