We booked the Fukushima Disaster Area Tour out of curiosity and thirst for adventure. We definitely were not disappointed! You will roam different areas by bus and foot, always armed with your Geiger counter. You will see both, destroyed ruins of past lifes, but also new construction sites and residents that slowly return. The tour guide was very helpful and told us everything we need to know to fully understand the situation in Fukushima. Right now it is the only tour that starts in Tokyo, so you don´t have to worry about getting around on your own!
by Lisa + Michl (06/01/19)
First off this tour Is a great value, everything that is included in the price is a steal considering the length of the tour. Secondly this tour is filled with INCREDIBLE content, each person who spoke to the group was extremely passionate and informative about the events that happened and ongoing issues. Everyone was so kind throughout the areas we visited and appeared grateful that people were interested in what happened to them.
I HIGHLY recommend this tour to everyone that is even considering it. Easily one of the highlights of our trip to Japan.
by Connery (05/29/19)
An amazing & truly moving tour. Thank you Yoto.
I would recommend this tour & everyone was so fortunate to be guided by the gentle Yoto. She was informative,caring dedicated.
Despite my natural health concerns, she was very reassuring & had great knowledge on the topic. PLEASE take the time to visit, to experience how this place & people were devastated.
by Karl. GB. (05/02/19)
We have visited Japan seven times over the years and we would have to rate this experience as one of the most memorable we have had.
Our guide Fumito from Japan Wonder Travel was so good and took us to places within the disaster zone to meet with some of the locals and to hear their experiences first hand. We are so glad that we did this visit as we now have a better understanding of what the local residents are facing as the area gradually is remediated.
We were picked up from Tokyo Station and were driven to Fukushima in a very comfortable van. Trevor the driver was so good and very safe. Fumito gave us a very comprehensive presentation as we were driving.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this tour with Japan Wonder Tours to anyone who wants first hand information on the disaster zone.
by Mr Jones (04/04/19)
The group tour was great and informative. I learned alot from this trip.
by David Kish (03/21/19)
Absolutely my favorite tour I took while in Japan. From start to finish one is given a full idea of everything that happened on March 11th and what they are doing post tragedy to rebuild and repair. Everyone in the tour was extremely friendly and polite. Could not say enough good things. If given the chance again would go back in a heartbeat. Excellent!
by Jeremy (03/06/19)
The tour was a great opportunity to see how recovery is going after 8 years and I am glad that I joined.
Most of us think about Fukushima only on certain occasions and tend to forget the reality that there are still many people not allowed to return to their home.
It was sad to see the gate saying “Do not enter”on the road where cherry trees lined up in the residential area.
Meeting person who take care of the cattle was my highlight of the trip.
Hope they would get the continuous support on the recovery.
by MO (03/06/19)
We had Fumi as our guide. She was delightful and easy to relate to throughout the day, and very knowledgeable. The visit to Fukushima taught me the scale of the power plant explosion in reality by seeing the abandoned towns where the people left 8 years ago, and not back yet, even not sure when they can come back.
Thank you Fumi san for the detailed information and also taking us to the farmer to listen to his stories. Your knowledge and guidance made my experience much deeper.
by Emiko (03/05/19)
It was an excellent trip to provide us with a rare precious opportunity to get very close to the disaster -hit area and learn what’s going on in Fukushima now.
We can see the disaster is not over yet.
I strongly recommend this tour not only to people from overseas but also Japanese in Tokyo.
by Sunny (03/05/19)
can't believe 8 years have passed already, but still lots of traces are left on. How stupid and arrogant we, human beings are! We have to think and act what we can do for the future children.
Thank you for the wonderful tour. I'll think carefully for the next national election.
by Nobuko (03/05/19)
The tour will change your perspective towards the situation in Japan and how their society reacts to disasters. Our excellent guide Taku-san is very friendly and knowledgeable, and you can really ask everything and anything during the trip. You will have chance to visit disaster hit areas, see the recovery efforts, and speak to many local residents there to really dive deep into understanding the current and past situation within these areas. You need not to worry about radiation levels, we were all given geiger meters to constantly track the levels of radiation and surprisingly, the radiation level is, at one point as low as what we are receiving in Tokyo! All and all, i strongly encourage everyone to join this tour!
by BenF (02/13/19)
Our guide Fumi-san showed us the deep insight of Fukushima issue by introducing us to things and people's real life that we don't get to see in media. Thank you for her passion and hard work to prepare for the tour!
by Akemi (01/19/19)
I joined the Fukushima tour in September 2018. I have to say this is one of the most overwhelming experiences I’ve ever had. The tour shows different sides of the story and you get to meet locals that have now returned to the area or that have never left. They tell their stories and you get to ask them questions as well. Seeing the scale of the destruction is incredible. It’s a sad place but you also see how they are working really hard to clean it up as best as they can to make it safe for more people to return.
Taku is an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable about the area and the disaster that took place, and he knows the locals you meet well. He’s also just a really friendly guy. I am definitely coming back in the future to take the tour again and see more of this incredible place.
by Jeroen Timmers (10/06/18)
What an amazing experience! The highlight of my holiday and a must do for any traveller headed to Japan. Our tour guide 'Taku' was outstanding, going over the events of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, providing details on Fukushima's history and happily answering any queries that the group had, all whilst ensuring our safety. This will be the first thing that I book when planning my next trip to Japan!
by Brent (09/24/18)
Perfect day trip to Fukushima disaster area. It's really hard even for Japanese to go there by ourselves and it was perfect opportunity for me. I learned the reality of those area and began to think how we should think about energy environment. I will surely share the situation over there with my friends. The tour is very well organized and the guide, Taku was wonderful guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the situation and answered all questions. I highly recommend this one day trip to all people, Japanese as well as foreign guests. Taku, thank you very much for wonderful day!!
by Fumi (09/12/18)
It was an amazing experience and lesson for me.
It was really important for me to see and understand more of Japan.
And with my trip to Fukushima i learned alot.
Takuto our Guide did a very well job i highly recommend this excursion.
by Yusuf (08/31/18)
This was the most exciting tour i have ever been to in Japan. Thanks yo Takuto San for his amazing tour.
To all who plan to take this tour, Please remember that its perfectly safe in terms of radiation levels. Its time for your all to understand the difficult of a few towns in the Fukushima Prefecture. Towns like Namie and Futaba are all slowly coming back to life. People have started living normal life and its just amazing do see how these towns are being rebuilt.
This tour will also give you an overall understanding of how bad the scale of disaster was.
We also had a chance to go thru abandoned towns and its just sad to see the scale of the damage.
On an happier note, the Yakisoba we had in Namie was just amazing. it was the most delicious food i had ever tasted. I wish i can go back again and eat it.
Our guide Takuto san was simply amazing. He is doing his best to help the towns comeback to life. I wish him good luck and thanks for a wonderful time.
PS: Yes, I was inspired to take this tour based on the Dark Tourism Series.
by Rohit Aswath (08/26/18)
I participated in this tour in my final week in Japan, and it is fair to say it proved to be one of my experiences abroad! Our guide, Taku, was nothing but exceptional from the very beginning. I think this came as a direct result of his expert knowledge of Fukushima, coupled with his very sweet personality. His genuine passion for this project was to identify, and I think it's exactly what enabled all of us to appreciate the tour throughly more.
Going as close as three miles from blocked off sites was actually an emotional experience, but the most mesmerising part of the day was walking through the local towns such as Futabah and Namie. Seeing, for instance, first hand, the astronomical consequences these natural disasters caused, as well as personally speaking to locals was both an informative and enlightening trip I will cherish for a long time.
by Danyal (08/24/18)
A very informative tour and a very positive guide made this an experience I'll never forget. I highly recommend this tour if you're interested in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
by Willem van Rijn (08/21/18)