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Advice current as at 4:00 am 18 Jul 2019.

Follow the British Embassy Tokyo on Facebook and Twitter for updates and more information about Japan.

Heavy rain is forecast across Japan. There are evacuation orders in place in Kagoshima Prefecture due to the risk of flooding and landslides and other areas in Japan may issue further orders. If you are in the affected areas, monitor local news, follow the advice of the local authorities and move away from the areas with evacuation orders until lifted. Check NHK News for updates on evacuation orders and Japan Meteorological Agency for updates on weather and other warnings.

On 18 June, there was a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Japan Sea. Tsunami cautions have been lifted, but local authorities warn of the possibility of aftershocks. There are reports of power cuts in affected areas. You should check the Japan Meteorological website for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.

On 21 April 2018, North Korea announced a halt to nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile testing. However, the level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice, and there is a risk of a further increase in regional tensions which may affect Japan. You should keep in touch with news broadcasts, follow the advice of the local authorities and check this travel advice for any updates (Cabinet Secretariat Civil Protection Portal Site).

For updates on political events on the Korean Peninsula which could affect travellers to Japan you should read the South Korea Travel Advice

The Japanese authorities continue to maintain some exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility. Travel through these zones on some designated trunk roads is allowed. Follow local signs and instructions while travelling in this area. See Fukushima

There’s a continuous risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis throughout Japan. Latest warnings and advisories are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website. See Natural disasters

The Rugby World Cup 2019 will take place in Japan from 20 September until 2 November 2019, with the 4 home nations playing in 9 cities across the country. Check our Rugby World Cup 2019 guidance page to make sure you are familiar with local laws and tips before travelling to Japan.

310,500 British nationals visited Japan in 2017. Most visits are trouble free.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Japan, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

To contact the emergency services call 110 (police) or 119 (fire and ambulance). Calls are free of charge from any phone, including pay phones.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
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Dialling Code: 81
Drive on the: left
Visitors/Tourists: 6,219,000 in 2011
Languages Spoken:
Japanese (official language) 95%

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Population: 13,234,572 (in 2013-04-01)
Latitude: 35.6833 Longitude: 139.7667

This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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