As Japan continues to struggle with the aftermath of last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami, it is clear travel to and from the country will not return to normal for some time. Most airports – including those in Tokyo – have reopened, and most public transportation in the capital has resumed. However, damaged roadways continue to disrupt overland transport.
UPDATE: The Japan National Tourist Office has posted information about travel to and within the country, as well as created a page with important links for those who are still in Japan. You can also find the most current information on what's going on in Japan on the website of the Embassy of Japan in the U.S.
The U.S. State Department has updated its precaution against traveling to Japan with information about rolling electricity blackouts and the potential danger for those in the vicinity of damaged nuclear power plants. The website for Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has the latest info on the blackouts and any nuclear threats.
There is still a possibility of aftershocks and more tsunamis in the near future, so those currently in Japan should be prepared.
The Google Crisis Response Center has realtime updates on Japanese transit, power, and disaster warnings.
Friends and family may also use the Google Person Finder to search for loved ones impacted by the disaster.
American, Delta, Continental, and United have waived rebooking fees for travelers heading to, from, and through Japan.
The American Red Cross continues to accept donations for relief efforts in Japan and the Pacific region. Visit their website or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Check out the following Twitter feeds for the most up to date information:
- U.S. State Department – Travel: twitter.com/TravelGov
- American Red Cross: twitter.com/RedCross