Japan travel updates: Ground transport and international flights

Japan travel updates: Ground transport and international flights

Airports back to normal as Tokyo resumes everyday routines
A Chinese couple checks a message board from the Chinese embassy in Tokyo
A Chinese couple checks a message board from the Chinese embassy in Tokyo as the embassy is assisting Chinese nationals to leave the area.

Airports are no longer particularly busy in spite of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, China and France, among other countries, suggesting their citizens leave Tokyo. Most say this is due not to fears of radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but mainly to concerns about food supplies and power outages.

Gasoline supplies are still under pressure in many parts of Tokyo, but suppliers say they are still coping with most of the demand.

The U.S. Embassy is advising its citizens to remain at least 80 kilometers away from Fukushima. In addition, the U.S. State Department is urging U.S. citizens to defer travel to Japan and also advised that U.S. citizens in Japan should consider departing

The UK embassy says "British nationals currently in Tokyo and to the north of Tokyo should consider leaving the area." However, it says this is an infrastructure issue and is not related to Fukushima.

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd also says the fear of radiation is not the reason its citizens should leave Tokyo. Instead, he says, it is the "breakdown of essential services," including school closures, food supplies and electricity outages.

The Japanese government has set up a 30-kilometer exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear facility, although many countries are advising their citizens to stay further away if possible.

Airline and rail information

All travelers with flights to or from Japan should check with their airline on the status of flights. Airwise is running a blog with updated information from each airline here.

Non-Japanese citizens leaving the country still need a re-entry permit if they are to return on anything other than a tourist visa.

In Tokyo, railway networks have resumed, as have most subway services. East Japan Railways (JR East) is operating the majority of its services at close to normal. Updated JR East train information can be found on their official website.

Private railway companies Odakyu Electric Railway, Keio Corporation and Seibu Railway also are posting updates.

Volunteers have set up a blog with English translations of train schedule updates from Japanese language websites.

Foreign nationals in Japan in need of emergency assistance can call a 24-hour help line on 0570 000 911 or visit Japan Helpline's website.

As of Monday, March 21, the situation in Tokyo appears relatively normal and the focus is, appropriately, on other parts of Japan. We will no longer update this page unless anything significant changes. Meanwhile, keep an eye on our Twitter feed and the main Tokyo page. Thanks for reading.