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Japan Emergency Information for Tourists after Typhoon Hagibis

Japan Emergency Information for visitors after Typhoon Hagibis

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan over the weekend. Emergency crews are still trying to locate people who went missing after Typhoon Hagibis devastated Japan over the weekend. Official reports state the death toll now stands at 66, but insiders expect this number to increase.

According to an inbound tour operator and DMC Destination Japan,  their operations team has been working to make alternative arrangements where required and continue to stay in regular contact with their clients on the ground. All guests and Destination Asia Japan staff stayed safe during the passing of the typhoon.

Destination Japan said that at present, Hakone is not accessible and the company is making alternative arrangements for those guests affected. The Hokuriku Shinkansen was affected and we are putting alternative options in place. Tokaido Shinkansen and all airports are now back to normal operations. Outside of Hakone and Kanazawa access, everything else is business as usual.

According to JNTO Typhoon Hagibis (19th typhoon) struck Japan last weekend and caused record amounts of heavy rain triggering flooding and landslides in some areas of Japan. These sightseeing destinations, facilities and restaurants may be temporarily closed, but most are open as usual. Please reconfirm the latest information before departure by contacting them directly or ask nearby Tourist Information Center or call Japan Visitor Hotline 050-3816-2787.

Most of the railway operators have resumed, but Hokuriku Shinkansen is operation on a restricted schedule between Tokyo and Nagano. Local train services in the greater Tokyo area almost fully restored. ANA, JAL and other airlines have resumed most flight operations to and from Haneda and Narita from 14th. Official websites are available from below section on JR Trains, Major Urban Railways, Other Railways, Airports, National Airlines and LCCs.

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces were deployed to Nagano prefecture on Tuesday to help with search and rescue operations. The typhoon brought powerful winds and heavy rain. causing about 200 rivers to overflow. Levees burst on about 50 of them, causing flooding across widespread areas. NHK has learned over 10,000 houses were damaged.

Fukushima prefecture in northeastern Japan was one of the hardest-hit areas. At least 25 people in the prefecture died.  Many areas received up to 40 percent of their annual rainfall over a span of two days.

The heavy rain also caused about 140 landslides across the country. In Gunma Prefecture, four people were killed when their homes were washed away.

Meanwhile, nearly 35,000 households are still without electricity. Another 130 thousand homes have no running water as of Tuesday morning and it’s unclear when utilities will be fully restored.

This is a developing story.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
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