[New] Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Study Tour 2022

From this spring, we are starting a trial study tour into Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) once every month, aiming to develop a new opportunity for international people to learn about the real site of the disaster and ongoing decommissioning process. This is a very special offer from us; please join us to see what’s going on there with your own eyes. Your accumulated radiation dose would be 10-20 micro Sievert which is equivalent to two dental X rays. A return flight from New York to Tokyo, for example, would be 180 micro Sievert due to the high radiation from outer space by comparison. 

The power plant is large and more than 90% of the entire site including office and facility buildings plus water tank areas has been decontaminated. Around 2-4000 people are working there everyday. On the other hand, the reactor site of Units 1- 4 by the shore, where the hydrogen explosions and melting down occurred in 2011 after the tsunami hit and the reactors lost their entire power and then cooling water, has much higher radiation and almost of all your dose is from this site when we get closer by bus. 

After or before FDNPS, we will take you to look around the outside of the plant as much as possible to see the current status of the evacuated areas as well as the reopened former evacuated ones where people are slowly getting back, the on-going revitalisation efforts and the tsunami site so that you can feel the real vibrance of this region. You will also meet some local returnees who once evacuated due to the nuclear disaster but have returned to their home towns after the decontamination was completed. This will be for 2 hours and this will be a very short version of our Standard Tour. We ask everyone to show the utmost respect to the area and the people who have suffered from the disaster.

Please apply now and join us to see what’s going on at the real site of the disaster. We would like to open dialogues to various opinions on nuclear and think together what the future of energy might look like.  Please be aware that this isn’t an adventure-type sightseeing tour and we will not accept who comes here for fun or shows disrespect and thoughtlessness towards this area. 

The fee will be JPY8000 in 2022 and all the fee goes to the Real Fukushima Team. TEPCO offers this opportunity for free.

We are sincerely looking forward to meeting you in Fukushima from all around the world. 

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* Photography and videography are prohibited within the FDNPS site. 

* Photography and videography are only allowed in the surrounding area for private use but not for business purpose including YouTube or other social media videos due to privacy concerns and the requirement for shooting permissions.

* Media, journalists, photographers, videographers or YouTubers need to apply to a different slot with your proposal (*there is no guarantee to be accepted by TEPCO). We won’t be able to accept any of those who wish to do media coverage about the FDNPS on this study programme. For further info, please contact to tour@real-fukushima.com.  

Dates & Meeting Points/Times

It will be a full day tour for 6-7 hours to visit FDNPS and the surrounding areas outside after or before the plant to see the real site of the disaster affected areas. Please come by JR Joban Line which is running through Tokyo and Sendai. 

July 2nd (Sat)Application is closed : Start at JR Odaka Station at 8:30 or Tomioka Station at 10:15 / End at JR Futaba Station at 17:15

August 8th (Mon) : Start at JR Odaka/Namie/Futaba Stations between 8:30-9:00 / End at JR Futaba Station at 17:15

September 22nd (Thu) : Start at JR Odaka/Namie/Futaba Stations between 8:30-9:00 / End at JR Futaba Station at 17:15

October and onwards : To be announced two months prior to the visiting day

*If you can afford it, we recommend you stay over night before/after the tour in local accommodation . Ask us if you need further info. We will send you the links of some accommodations in the heart of the area.  

Fee

The fee for one person in 2022 is JPY8000 for the Real Fukushima Team (TEPCO offers this opportunity for free). Please give us your feedback after the site visit to help us with this trial.

Apply for the FDNPS Study Tour

    *Later, you need to submit all your member's ID copies, such as your passport, drivers licence or residence card (if you live in Japan) as well as your personal info for the registration procedure for TEPCO. You also need to bring the same ID on the day of the tour for their ID check on site.


    a) I and all my members accept that
    - The tour participants will receive 10-20 µSv during this tour but no more than that.
    - The tour participants entrust driving a car/bus for the tour to the tour organiser.
    b) I and all my members understand that
    - TEPCO organises and offers this opportunity for free.
    - TEPCO provides a transportation bus for the site visit for free.
    - Real Fukushima provides a car for the tour participants for free.

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    Accommodations

    J-Village

    J village is a national soccer stadium full of facilities for sports established in 1997 in Naraha Town. Soon after the disaster occurred, this sports complex became the front base of the nuclear disaster emergency headquarters for the national and local governments and TEPCO since it’s located just outside of the 20km evacuated zone. Thousands of nuclear workers were ahead to the power station from there to tackle on the disaster, wearing full gears and full face masks. Now J Village is returned to a peaceful sports complex again after having massive decontaminations and renovation.  

    Local inns, guest houses, and business hotels

    Not many but a few local inns, guest houses, or business hotels are returned or newly opened in the heart of the disaster affected but reopened area in Odaka, Namie, Futaba, Okuma and Tomioka Towns. Please stay over night to feel the real atmosphere and encounter local people and food, where massive decontaminations have been done by the government and people are slowly coming back. We are happy to help you find a cozy place!

    Access

    Take a JR Hitachi Express or even local trains on Joban Line from Tokyo or Sendai directions. Since 2020, the entire Joban Line is reopened between Tokyo and Sendai, running through the current exclusion zone and reopened areas. Also, many other nuclear-related sites are on the way in Tokai, Oarai and Hitachi areas. We will organise your visits to these sites, too.