*If you are currently in Japan, either you are a resident or a business oriented visiter, and interested in looking around this area, please feel free to contact us. Currently, we are not able to enter the gated areas in the exclusion zone due to the coronavirus restriction, instead we will make a small scale private trip for you to see around the accessible areas in the evacuated zone as well as the tsunami affected areas. Thank you and we look forward to having more international people in Fukushima during the pandemic by following the rules of precaution and keeping distance. (2020/11/10)
*Due to the coronavirus outbreak throughout the world, Fukushima Prefectural Government has decided to cancel all the public events and activities organised by the government. This project is also conducted by Real Fukushima Team in collaboration with Fukushima Prefecture, thus all the tours have been cancelled and we now have to close this project until the situation gets better. We are assuming that we probably won`t be able to run our tours entire this year (and possibly further…). We are deeply sorry for this cancellation and any inconvenience it has caused. Let’s hope this scare is over soon and see you in Fukushima in the future. (2020/06/09)
Our standard tour takes 4-5 hours starting at JR Odaka Station on Joban Line, located on the edge of the north side of the former evacuation zone. As an experimental pilot project supported by Soso coastal regional office of Fukushima Prefectural Government to see what kind of tours might be acceptable for local people and international visitors, our tour exceptionally takes you into the current exclusion zone in Okuma town with an official permission, which is a special offer from Real Fukushima, as well as the surrounding areas in Odaka, Namie and Tomioka towns where the evacuation orders have been lifted recently and people are gradually coming back to their home towns. The total amount of radiation exposure through the tour is around 3-5 micro Sievert. You may also encounter and talk to local people who have returned to this area after the 6-8 year evacuation. Our English guide will help you to discover this area, by showing the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and the evacuation by the explosions of Fukushima Daichi Power Plant in 2011 as well as the ongoing projects and positive movements and hopes to this area for the restoration and recreation. Feel the atmosphere and have first hand experience in this area with your own eyes!
Departure and return – Odaka Station
Odaka Station is a small station with free parking lots. The easiest way from Tokyo to Odaka is JR bullet train transferring to a local train at Sendai. For example, 6:32 Tokyo – 8:13 Sendai – 10:01 Odaka.
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What to expect
- Visit rural villages in Odaka where the evacuation order was lifted in July 2016 and meet local returnees.
- See abandoned rice fields where contaminated soil bags occupied
- Visit a tsunami-damaged area in Namie and tsunami memorial sites
- Visit a hill to see Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and know what decommission is about
- See abandoned hospitals and learn how severe the evacuation was for patients and caretakers
- Visit a fishery lab and feel the power of the tsunami
- Visit abandoned area and learn silent damage of the accident and difficulties of then-residents
- Visit new town
centerof Ohkuma where the town hall, apartments and shopping mall are being built
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* JR Joban Line will reopen entirely for the first time since 2011 between Tokyo and Sendai on March 14th, and the new time table will be valid on the same day. As the calendar shows, the new meeting time after March 14th is 12:05 at Odaka Station. Hope you have a pleasant journey to Fukushima!