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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Japan: Need to know

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GETTING THERE

The cheapest fare from Dublin is €639 return with SAS via Copenhagen. Book with Trailfinders (01 6777 888; trailfinders.ie)

STAYING THERE

With tourism down 75pc, many hotels have discounts A double in Tokyo's Hyatt

Regency (hyattregency tokyo.com) starts from ¤170 while the five-star Peninsula (peninsula.com) has rates at less than ¤300 for a double.

is it safe?

Most of the country, including the popular tourist destinations of Kyoto, Hokkaido and Osaka, was not affected by the earthquake/tsunami.

Most of the damaged infrastructure in Tohoku has been repaired; it is safe to travel there, except along stretches of the coast and the area close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility.

The Japanese government has placed a 30km (19 mile) exclusion zone around the plant.

In Britain, however, the Foreign Office (fco.gov.uk) advises against all travel to within a 60km (37 mile) radius unless transiting through the area via the Tohoku Expressway or by bullet train.

Radiation levels are monitored closely.

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