Is tourist travel to Japan advisable for the month of April?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 12, 2011 12:01 PM Last Post By: katakanadian
Mar 28, 2011 10:02 PM
Is tourist travel to Japan advisable for the month of April?We have tickets to Tokyo on April 12, 2011 that the airline will not refund at this point. Turkish airlines is only refunding March departure dates but they say that they will incrementally add qualifying dates in April (just a few days before the departure date).
I am looking for advice from people in Japan right now. Is tourist travel in April advisable for the Kyoto-Osaka-Wakayama area? What about Tokyo? Do you think Japanese people would welcome tourists?
I understand that "advisable" is subjective but I would still appreciate any comments from people on the ground.
Edited by: oconnora
Edited by: oconnora
Mar 28, 2011 10:26 PM
1I have a friend in Wakayama who said things seemed to be fine there. YMMV. Just be sensitive to the fact that people may have friends/relatives in Touhoku. Don't bring up the topic but sincerely express your sympathy if someone else does.
Mar 28, 2011 10:39 PM
YES. I don't know if foreign media is projecting this kind of image or what, but this entire country is not in a state of total visible moping and sadness and there is no kind of mourning mood far out of the disaster areas. Yeah people are shaken up and upset for sure, but also getting on with their lives and trying to be normal. People are definitely welcoming of tourists, just like they have been in the past. Walking around Kansai, you practically won't notice that anything has gone wrong in the country.
You'll probably see groups outside of busy areas collecting donations for the earthquake relief and with the same four commercials playing on tv in an endless loop, that's about all the visible signs you'll see around of anything that's happened. Be sensitive to peoples' feelings and consider donating when you see those collection groups floating around. That's about all I have to say about that.
Mar 29, 2011 3:40 AM
3Kyoto, Wakayama, Osaka are fine and want tourists.
Tokyo is a bit more marginal - quite safe with some inconveniences mostly with electricity.
Some museums are still shut - Miraikan.
Disney is still shut.
Many places are operating on reduced hours.
But it is quite safe and ok for travel.
I have posted a bit about it on my blog if you are interested.
Mar 29, 2011 6:29 AM
4Do you think Japanese people would welcome tourists?
I can say this; the people in the tourism industry in Japan who cater to foreigners are absolutely devastated by tourists staying away from Japan in general. After all, if tourists avoided going to Rome because there was political upheaval in Tunisia, would you say that is a rational reaction? How do you think hotel owners in Rome would feel about this hit on their earnings? After all Rome is just about as far from Tunisia as Osaka is from the Fukushima reactors.
The bottom line on this topic; Please don't avoid travel to Japan because of this. If Tokyo is now a little inconvenient for you, then go to Kansai, Kyushu or Hokkaido.
Mar 29, 2011 5:26 PM
6I heard from a friend who is a hotel concierge that hotels in Tokyo are slashing room prices because of the drop in visitors. It could be a good time to visit.
Mar 31, 2011 12:46 AM
7I was supposed to go to Tokyo a few days ago for the cherry blossoms, but we cancelled. With the electricity issues and the food shortages, we felt like we'd be a burden.
I tried convincing my other-half that we should go to Kansai instead, but she's paranoid about radiation fears and such (in the food supply). Sure, she might be overreacting, but there's no sense trying to further convince her that all is well and good.
Mar 31, 2011 2:09 AM
8We've had a lovely trip. Though nearly every museum that we've gone to - is closed. Even as far South as Hakone. I've got the kind of pictures to die for. Nobody in them.
The Cherries are already starting to come out, we've been warmly welcomed, the hosts come running to the door, we're happy we came. Our flight was cancelled the day of the quake so we started three days late.
Apr 12, 2011 12:01 PM
9Found this list of affected attractions on the JNTO website:
Worth checking again for anyone considering a trip to Toukyou.
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