Disaster Updates

Typhoon #19 Update

Last updated: January 3, 2020

Typhoon #19 ("Hagibis") brought record-breaking rainfall and winds to central, eastern and northern Japan on October 12-13, 2019. The typhoon caused flooding, landslides and loss of life in several regions, especially in the Kanto Region around Tokyo, the eastern Chubu Region, and the eastern Tohoku Region. In the meantime, the situation has normalized in most tourist destinations.

Affected tourist destinations

  • Hakone received particularly large amounts of rainfall, resulting in transportation disruptions. However, the situation has mostly normalized in the meantime except for the disruption of the Hakone Tozan Railway which is scheduled to be back in service by autumn 2020. More details.
  • The restoration of damaged train sections that provide access to the Fukuroda Falls, Bessho Onsen and Manza Onsen is expected to be time-consuming. See each page for more details.
  • The Sanriku Railway remains interrupted in two sections. Service is scheduled to normalize on March 20, 2020. More details.

2016 Kyushu Earthquake

Strong earthquakes hit Kyushu in April 2016. Two train lines and a few sightseeing spots are still affected. More details


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 Shinmoedake (Kirishima) (Level 2 - do not approach the crater)
    No-entry zone 2 km from crater. Closure of hiking trails.