Standard Tour 2022

Our standard tour 2022 takes 5-5.5 hours to look around the former shut down areas as well as the current exclusion zone within the 20km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) where the three hydrogen explosions and three melt downs occurred in 2011, due to the earthquake and the tsunami. As a result, more than 150,000 local residents had to have a sudden evacuation by the government orders. Since then, after having massive decontamination and people’s enormous efforts, more areas nowadays have been reopened and people are allowed to return. Our aim is to learn about the disaster and ongoing revitalisation efforts through visiting some crucial places as well as talking to some returnees from their evacuation so that you can have more comprehensive understandings of what happened here and is now happening and what the future will be in Fukushima. This project is still yet experimental so we would like to hear your voices to develop a better programme for both international visitors as well as local people who have been suffering from the disaster. Your accumulated dose will be about 1-2 micro Sievert, which is equivalent to 1/10th of one detail X ray. Let’s join us and think together.  Our English guide will help you to discover and to have some first hand experiences. Feel the atmosphere and see what’s going on in Fukushima with your own eyes!

 

Departure and return – JR Namie or Odaka Station on Joban Line

The tour usually starts at either JR Namie or Odaka Station, both located in the north area of the 20km evacuated zone where the evacuation orders have been lifted a few years ago and people are slowing coming back. The easiest way to get this region is to take a JR Hitachi Express from Tokyo or Sendai, or a local train. If you come by car, there is a free parking lot in front of the stations. 

<Usual meeting spots and times> 

1) Meet at JR Namie Station at 11:15 or 11:25 / To make 11:15, take the 07:53 Express Hitachi at Tokyo Station: To make 11:25, take the 10:14 Express Hitachi at Sendai Station. We will have a quick lunch break for 30 mins.

2) Meet at Odaka Station at 12:10/ You need to take a local train down/up to Odaka from Tokyo or Sendai direction. No Express Hitachi is available at Odaka so it will take more time to get there, changing trains several times. We will have a quick break for 15 mins (please finish your lunch beforehand).

 Both 1 & 2) End at JR Futaba Station at 17:15 so that you can return to Tokyo by the 17:29 Express Hitachi.

* On March 14th, 2020, the JR Joban Line between Tokyo and Sendai reopened entirely for the first time since 2011. You can now travel to this coastal region directly from Tokyo and Sendai. Please check the JR timetable and ask us if you have any problems.  We hope you have a pleasant journey to Fukushima! 

See ACCESSRebuilding Odaka

 

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 filled with contaminated soil bags.
  • Visit the tsunami-damaged area and the Ukedo elementary school -a memorial site by the shore in Namie Town where the evacuation order was lifted in 2017 (admission fee 300 yen).
  • Visit The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum (admission fee 600 yen) in Futaba Town and the surrounding area of JR Futaba Town, where the evacuation order was lifted in 2020 and some mural paintings are recently applied to empty buildings for revitalisation. 
  • Drive through Route 6 in the exclusion zone and see Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant from the car, as well as thousands of soil bags for decontamination. 
  • Learn about the silent damage of the accident and difficulties for local residents.
  • Visit the new town center of Okuma where a new housing complex, shopping mall and the town hall are being built for revitalisation.
  • See numerous solar panels which are being built after the disaster, with the aim of providing 100% renewable energy for Fukushima by 2041.

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Book the tour

*Due to COVID measures, we currently offer a small scale tour with a small number of people at maxim 3-4 per day. Hope it’s going to be special and personal for you!