On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake happened. It was a magnitude 9.0–9.1 and 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. Even worse, we lost control of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
On this tour, we visit the coastal area of Fukushima for 2 days. We hope you can get a real perspective of the damage caused by the disaster and the effect it had on Fukushima. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and can have an important impact on your life.
We visit three types of areas along with the coast while explaining the past, present, and future of Fukushima more deeply.
• We will visit the area affected by the Tsunami. You will understand how people reacted and a get a sense for the area’s past, present, and future.
• We will visit the restricted area where people are not allowed to live, because of the high level of radiation. This will help you better understand the people’s plight of the affected areas.
• We will visit the area where people are trying to rebuild their community. People are trying to bring back hope for their future and for their former home. This area may bring you to hope for the future.
【How far from Tokyo to Fukushima】
• Fukushima disaster area is about 200-250 km away from Tokyo in a straight line
• We need about 7 hours for round trip to Fukushima from Tokyo by van or bus.
We also have a day tour but in a day tour we could stay about 5 hours in Fukushima disaster area.
If you have time, we recommend this 2-day tour.
【Where we can go】
• We will go 4 different areas and meet locals
- Explore Iwaki city(⑨⑩) where had a big earthquake and was attacked by Tsunami but no evacuation orders
- Visit Naraha town where evacuation orders have been lifted in 2015 (⑦⑧)
- Explore Namie town(①②③⑥) and Tomioka town(⑤) where evacuation orders have been lifted in 2017.
- Drive through Futaba and Okuma town (④) where is under exclusion zone
• Itinerary sometimes will be changed due to availability of locals and traffic jam.
Please understand that we don't go all place at every time
• Please note that we don't have special permission to enter the exclusion zone. It means that we could NOT go to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
【Tour Schedule as of 2020】
We could operate the tour every day if we have at least 8 guests.
(!): we decide to operate the tour.
2 days tour (Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant visit) [October 2020]
– 7:50 am Meet up at Tokyo station Marunouchi North Exit.
– 8:00 am Depart from Tokyo Station.
– 11:30 am Arrive at the "Fukushima" Area.
• Tomioka town where people are trying to rebuild their community.
• Explore boarder area of NO GO zone (We couldn't enter inside)
• Visit farm which have cows survived the disaster.
• Through route 6 in NO GO Zone.
– 5:00 pm Check-in hotel in Iwaki city (30km away from the nuclear power plant)
(free time: there are public bath. If you don't have any tatoo, you can enjoy Onsen. If you have, you need to cover them.)
– 9:00 am Depart from accommodation and Explore coast area
• Visit Ukedo area attacked by Tsunami
• Meet flower farmer who came back and start his business within 20 km from nuclear power plant
• Visit open air museum "Kairo Art Museum" in Iwaki city
– 4:30 pm Depart from the "Fukushima" Area.
– 8:00 pm Finish the tour at Tokyo Station.
*Itinerary will be changed depends on the condition of disaster area.
Tokyo Station / Tokyo Station
English and Japanese
PRICE (PER PERSON)
45,000 yen / Person
*Capacity: Maximum 15 (If you want more people to go, please let us know.)
Approximately 8:00 PM
・English and Japanese Speaking Guide
・Transportation Service (Van)
・Accommodation (If you are single, it's shared room.)
・Lunch and dinner (You can buy during the tour)
・Minimum number of participants: 8
– (We will let you know at least 7 days before the tour if the tour will be held).
・All payment is expected before the tour.
・Due to coronavirus if we couldn't do the tour, you can change the tour date until March 2021 without any fee. If you would like to get refund, we charge 5% as transaction fee.
【Notes on Radiation】
We receive lots of question "Is it safe?".
• During the tour we have Geiger counter and we could know how much radiation we are exposed.
• We estimate that we will be exposed to about "0.003-0.004" mSv of radiation by this trip.
If you come to Tokyo from New York by plane, you would be exposed to about 0.1-0.2 mSv of radiation (Round trip).
This means that the radiation exposure for the tour is about over 25 times smaller than the round-trip flight from New York to Japan.
【Special tour: access to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station】
・We couldn't take any photos at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power station
・We estimate that we will be exposed to about 0.01mSv of radiation by this trip.
・We need to share our ID. So please send your ID (passport) after you book the tour.
Only 20 years old or more are acceptable. If you are less than 20 years old, you couldn't book.
TEPCO don't charge any fee to enter Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power station. So we also don't charge any extra fee to join this special tour. They would like to tell about status of decommissioning.
Cooperation with Chernobyl Tours "SoloEast Travel"
I joined the tour having a little to no knowledge about what actually happened in Fukushima. I have a lot of misconceptions about Fukushima prefecture but after the tour, I proved everything wrong. I knew that this trip will be very informative but i didn't expect that it would touch my heart deeply. I have seen the efforts the people are doing to once again live a normal life, and i have nothing but high respect to every one.
The tour is well organized with highly capable tour guides. The tour guides are so much helpful and did a great job in feeding us with information about Fukushima. I was amazed by how good they managed the tour. The hotel was incredible! I highly recommend people to join this tour and know more about the Real Fukushima! Definitely gonna book another tour with Japan Wonder Travel. An unforgettable experience!
by kynesas (02/15/20)
I’m really pleased I could go to this tour. Fukushima disaster area was a place which I was interested in for a long time. After 10 years since the earthquake, tsunami and the accident in the Nuclear Power Plant Fukushima DAI ICHI I could read and hear about this place in many newspapers and news. What was exactly the reality it was hard to say. Because of the trip with Japan Wonder Travel I could see the actual situation, but not just form one point of the view, but many other that probably I would not be able to see and hear anywhere. The tour program is not just the abandoned houses which probably a lot of people would like to see. Program of the tour is much wider. I had a possibly to talk and meet local people - to understand how they see their future in there, see how much work they put into restore their towns and yet how much more work they need to do. But local people is just one of the part of the trip. Other good thing of the program was to see how the decontamination process looks like - explained by the workers and company responsible for that. Also visiting TEPCO to centre helped to understand all of bad events which they caused the accident in the Nuclear Power Plant
by Andy Wosiek shinji_wu (02/14/20)
I’m really pleased I could go to this tour. Fukushima disaster area was a place which I was interested in for a long time. After 10 years since the earthquake, tsunami and the accident in the Nuclear Power Plant Fukushima DAI ICHI I could read and hear about this place in many newspapers and news. What was exactly the reality it was hard to say. Because of the trip with Japan Wonder Travel I could see the actual situation, but not just form one point of the view, but many other that probably I would not be able to see and hear anywhere. The tour program is not just the abandoned houses which probably a lot of people would like to see. Program of the tour is much wider. I had a possibly to talk and meet local people - to understand how they see their future in there, see how much work they put into restore their towns and yet how much more work they need to do. But local people is just one of the part of the trip. Other good thing of the program was to see how the decontamination process looks like - explained by the workers and company responsible for that. Also visiting TEPCO to centre helped to understand all of bad events which they caused the accident in the Nuclear Power Plant. Another thing which was also really good was to see restored areas and still abandoned areas which are waiting for their time. Not only the program was well prepared but also the guides. They were very knowledgeable, and at the same time the friendly atmosphere they created made me feel really comfortable that I enjoyed the tour even more. The another plus of the tour was the thing it wasn’t in a huge group of people it was just perfect.
by Andy Wosiek shinji_wu (02/14/20)
On this 2 days Trip we went from seeing the events of the explosions and how something like this happened to seeing the enormous destruction the Tsunami left behind. We saw a school with a very touching story behind it, we saw vast amounts of lands and cities where nature started to be the dominant factor.
We were able to meet a lot of very interesting and lovely Locals, who told us more about the events and the consequences of these fateful days in 2011 and why they decided to come back and live here again. These stories are very powerful but often also very heartbreaking. These people lost a lot and are working hard now to bring fukushima and there home back to were it was before everything happened.
But, this trip also shows the accomplishments that are already achieved and I was surprised by the state that fukushima is in already. The radiation in Fukushima is the same as in Tokyo even less than 10km away from the Power Plant. There is a lot to see and experience and together with a very friendly guide that is very passionate about Fukushima this tour was a wonderful experience.