1. Japan
  2. Fukushima Prefecture
  3. Fukushima

Fukushima: Overnight Tour of Disaster Area

Product ID: 355515
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Visit the Fukushima disaster zone and witness first-hand the devastation of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant accident. Listen to the powerful stories of its residents and become inspired by their strength.
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Duration: 2 days
Starting time 8:00 AM
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  • Discover the impact of the natural and nuclear disasters on the Fukushima area
  • Explore the ghost town of Namie which lost most of its population
  • Engage with locals in Tomoika to hear their inspiring stories first hand
  • Spend the night in Iwaki City and enjoy a relaxing public bath
Full description
On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck with a magnitude of 9.0–9.1, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan. The earthquake triggered a powerful tsunami that reached a maximum of 40.5 meters and traveled up to 10 km inland. At present, more than 15,000 people are counted as dead and over 2,500 people as still missing. To make matters worse, this natural disaster triggered an accident in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

On this tour, we travel to the coastal area of Fukushima for a 2-day visit to gain a real perspective of the damage caused by the disaster and the effect it had on Fukushima. Hear first-had accounts of the disaster and hear inspiring stories about the people trying to rebuild. 

Day 1: Meet your guide in central Tokyo and travel by air-conditioned van to the Fukushima area. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch on your own before setting off for Tomioka, a small town where locals are trying to rebuild their community. Explore an area around the restricted NO GO zone and visit a farm affected by the disaster. At 5:00 PM, check in to the hotel in Iwaki city (30 km from the nuclear power plant) and have free time for dinner. For those who are interested, there is a public bath on the premises, however all tattoos must be covered in order to enter. 

Day 2: Depart Iwaki at 9:00 AM and explore the costal area, including Ukedo, an area badly affected by the tsunami. Meet a flower farmer and hear his inspiring story of how he came back to re-start his business after the disaster. Following a visit to the open-air Kairo Art Museum, depart Fukushima at 4:30 PM for drop off at Tokyo Station at 8:00 PM.
  • Guide
  • Transportation from Tokyo station
  • Bed & Breakfast (Japanese-style accommodation and shared room)
  • Geiger Counter rental
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch and dinner (approx. 1,000 yen per person in each place)
  • Hotel transfers
  • Other personal expenses

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Meeting point

Your guide will meet you at Tokyo station Marunouchi North Exit at 7:50 AM. Please arrive 5 minutes early to avoid any delays.

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What to bring
  • Swimwear
Know before you go
• During the tour guests will be given a Geiger counter to measure their radiation exposure.
• We estimate that we will be exposed to about approximately 0.003-0.004 mSv of radiation during this trip. By comparison, on a round-trip flight between Tokyo and New York you would be exposed to about 0.1-0.2 mSv of radiation. This means that the radiation exposure for the tour is about 25 times less than the round-trip flight.
• Please note that the itinerary may vary slightly depending on weather conditions.

From £323.14 per person