Safety in Fukushima

Plan your trip and travel to Fukushima with peace of mind by understanding the latest situation in the eastern parts of Fukushima, affected by the 2011 earthquake.

Learn about how Fukushima as a whole has recovered over time and is thriving as a tourism destination in its own right.

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Quick Facts about Fukushima



2019 nights spent by international guests (increase on previous year) Source: Japan Tourism Agency


3 out of 47 

Fukushima is Japan’s 3rd largest prefecture.


305 tons+40%

Agricultural produce exported overseas in FY2019 (increase on previous year) Source: Fukushima Prefecture Trade Promotion Division


7 in a row 

Consecutive years that Fukushima Prefecture won most Gold Medals at the Annual Japan Sake Awards.

Background to the disaster

At 2:46 pm on March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake struck off the Pacific Coast of Japan's Tohoku region, causing a powerful and deadly tsunami that inflicted widespread damage along the coast. The tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake, as it is officially known, caused meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station complex. This nuclear disaster led to the evacuation of over 150,000 people, and has had long-lasting impacts on many industries including agriculture and tourism.

Fukushima was one of the worst-affected prefectures, but over the intervening years, it has managed to make bold steps towards prefecture-wide revitalization, due to the resilience and courage of its people. The prefecture flourishes now thanks to visitors - both domestic and from overseas - flocking to experience the natural beauty, history, and culture of Fukushima.

Map of the Restricted Entry Zone

Tracking the change over time

See how the restricted entry zone to the east of Fukushima Prefecture has evolved over time.


  • Restricted Entry Zone
  • Evacuation Zone
  • Planned Evacuation Zone
  • Emergency Evacuation Preparation Zone
  • Evacuation Order Cancellation Preparation Zone
  • Restricted Residence Zone
  • Difficult-to-Return Zone

Fukushima Timeline

The landscape in eastern Fukushima has changed remarkably over time since the original disaster. The outline here serves to highlight the prefecture's efforts to date and how things have changed since 2011.

The Disaster & Immediate Aftermath (2011)

More than 150,000 people evacuated or were evacuated following the disasters of March 2011

Mar 11

Mar 12 to 15

Apr 22

Immediate Response (2011—2012)

Strict monitoring being conducted on bags of rice

Removing soil as part of decontamination efforts



Apr 22

Efforts over the years (2013—2019)

Barriers along the side of National Route 6

J-Village soccer training facility, which reopened in 2019





Moving forward (2020 onward)

The reopened JR Joban Line improves the accessibility of coastal Fukushima from Tokyo


From now

Recovery of visitors

Fukushima's recovery can be seen in the increasing number of visitors to the region over the years. The number of international accommodation guests, has confidently climbed year-on-year since 2011 reflecting the fact that Fukushima is open for business and welcoming to all. Source: JTA (Japan Tourism Agency)


What the experts say

Gov UK logo ”The Japanese authorities are carrying out comprehensive checks to monitor radiation in the area surrounding Fukushima" UK Travel Advice WIRED logo "Extensive decontamination, monitoring, and regulations have made food from around Fukushima perfectly safe." WIRED (Interview with Dr Sae Ochi), Mar 2015

Official resources