Fukushima: 1-Day Van Tour of Disaster Area

Fukushima: 1-Day Van Tour of Disaster Area

From $228.57 per person

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 10 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the impact of the natural and nuclear disasters on the Fukushima area
  • Witness the harrowing ghost town Namie which lost most of its population
  • Engage with locals in Tomoika to hear their inspiring stories first-hand
  • Gain important life lessons through this eye-opening tour
Full description
Meet your guide at Tokyo station in the morning and travel in the van to the Fukushima area, where you will break for lunch. Drive to Namie, the abandoned town worst affected by the March 2011 tsunami and the resulting disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Listen to your guide as they explain how it happened. Learn about the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan and how it caused the tsunami. Witness the scale of devastation left behind by the powerful wave, which reached 40.5 meters and traveled up to 10 kilometers inland. Understand the magnitude of loss that this area has faced: the tsunami alone claimed the lives of 15,000 people and 2,500 are still missing. Observe the catastrophic effects of natural and human disasters, and gain perspective in your own life through this eye-opening tour.  Then, feel hopeful as you pass by the town of Tomioka and meet its inhabitants, who are trying to reconstruct their community. Listen compassionately to their stories and their plans for the future, and be inspired by their strength. This tour finishes at Iwaki Station in Fukushima prefecture at around 5:45 PM. If you would like to go back to Tokyo, you can take the Hitachi Express Train which arrives at Tokyo Station by about 9 PM.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Geiger Counter rental
  • Lunch (approx. 1,000 yen per person)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Other personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Outside Tokyo Station, Marunouchi North Exit. Your guide will wait for you at the meeting point with a board saying "Japan Wonder Travel"

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Important information

Know before you go

  • It is estimated that you will be exposed to radiation of about "0.001 mSv
  • This tour finishes at Iwaki station in Fukushima; if you want to back to Tokyo, you need to take the train by yourself
  • There could be a delay to the end time of the tour, so please inform your guide in advance if you have an appointment right after
  • Please make sure you arrive on time because the tour will not wait for late guests
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0/5
  • Transportation
    5.0/5
  • Value for money
    5/5
  • Safety
    5/5
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Fascinating part of Japan

I‘m happy to have booked this tour for many reasons. Fukushima is very (as one can imagine) different to Tokyo and shows the flipside of our „need“ for energy. It was very touching to see the Tsunami wiped out areas and left behind homes as much as those who are still suffering from the aftereffects of 2011.

July 16, 2019

Great tour especially the local's presentations.

The tour was well organized and our tour guide Yolo did a great job. I have seen many areas devastated by disaster both natural and man-made. Hearing accounts from people who lived through it makes a big impact. Small van size tour allowed for group discussions about what we saw and felt. Definitely will recommend to others.

April 28, 2019

This tour was awesome! While travelling to the different points you will get a very good presentation of your Guide(mine was Yoko, she was very friendly and informative). We had interesting discussions as well. Each stoppage is unique and let you experience different aspects of the disaster. You will see different cities and being able to listen to the opinions of different people and ask them as well. I can highly recommend this trip. It seems expensive, but it was worth it!

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October 9, 2019

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