Amazing Seasons, Life and Culture

Best of Japan

What to do in case of typhoon or earthquake

What to do in case of a typhoon or earthquake in Japan

Even in Japan, damage from typhoons and heavy rains is increasing due to global warming. In addition, earthquakes often occur in Japan. What should you do if a typhoon or earthquake occurs while you are traveling in Japan? Of course, you are unlikely to encounter such a case. However, it is a good idea to know the countermeasures in case of emergency. So, on this page, I will introduce how you can deal with disasters in Japan.

If you are hit by a typhoon or a big earthquake now, download the Japanese government app “Safety tips”. That way you get the latest information. Anyway, make sure you have a safe place. Talk to the Japanese people around you. We are not good at English, so we will not speak to you positively. But if you are in trouble, we want to be your power. If you can use kanji, you can communicate with them. Please secure your hotel tonight anyway. Perhaps Rakuten Travel is most likely to get a reservation. If you can't stay at the hotel, behave like the Japanese around you. Please talk to them.

Get information about weather and earthquakes

Summer Typhoon hitting Okinawa airport = shutterstock

Summer Typhoon hitting Okinawa airport = shutterstock

Pay attention to the weather forecast!

I have been told by travelers from overseas that "Japanese people like the weather forecast." Certainly, we Japanese check the weather forecast almost every day. This is because the Japanese weather changes every moment. Japan has seasonal changes. Typhoons often hit from summer to autumn. Furthermore, recently, damage from heavy rain has increased due to the effects of global warming. In addition, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in Japan.

So if you are traveling to Japan, I would recommend checking the latest weather forecast as we do. We watch the weather forecast on TV, newspapers and apps. If you see the weather forecast, I recommend the following media and apps: If you know through these media or apps that a typhoon or a major earthquake occurred, you may want to change your itinerary.

Raging sea due to typhoon

Secure a safe place!

If you are unfortunately hit by a typhoon or heavy rain, I recommend staying at your hotel and gathering information. I think it's safer to stay at the hotel until the bad weather has settled.

The situation is serious if you encounter typhoon damage while you are already checking out the hotel and moving to the next area. In such a case, let's collect information on whether you can safely reach the hotel where you will stay today. If your plane or train stops, you should search for a hotel in your current location as soon as possible. In such cases, the hotel will soon be fully booked, so please make a reservation as soon as possible.

The typhoon will pass away soon. So anyway, make sure you have a safe place tonight. And tomorrow, enjoy the rest of your itinerary. However, it is dangerous to go near the river after a typhoon or heavy rain. Let's move while confirming your safety.

If you encounter a big earthquake, the situation is very serious. Electricity and water supply may stop at your hotel. The earthquake may occur several times for a while. In such cases, get information and advice from hotel employees. Japanese buildings basically have a strong structure that can withstand a major earthquake. Japanese hotel employees strive to ensure the safety of their guests. Therefore, let's see the situation without leaving the hotel as much as possible.

>> Please refer to this article for information on booking accommodation in Japan

 

Recommended media and apps

Recommended media

NHK WORLD

If you click this image, the site of “NHK WORLD” will be displayed on a separate page.Site image of “NHK World”

Reliable in case of emergency

The media with the most extensive weather forecasts and disaster news in Japan is NHK, Japan's national broadcast. When we want information about typhoons and major earthquakes, we often see NHK.

NHK is particularly committed to reporting disaster information. For example, when the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011, NHK first dispatched 500 staff to the affected areas. So if you want to see the latest news from typhoons or disasters, I recommend using NHK.

NHK operates “NHK WORLD” which supports about 20 languages such as English and Chinese. If you click on the image above, you can see the official website of NHK WORLD.

 

BBC

Click this image to see the BBC weather forecast on a separate page.

BBC weather forecast page

Easy to use when viewing weather forecasts

“NHK WORLD” is a very reliable mass media for obtaining weather forecasts and disaster information. However, when you look at the weather forecast, BBC is easier to see than NHK WORLD. Of course, NHK is much more informed about weather and disasters in Japan. However, the BBC weather forecast page is very easy to understand. So I recommend you BBC too.

 

Recommended apps

NHK WORLD TV

Android app for “NHK WORLD TV”

>> Android

NHK, the national broadcaster in Japan, operates the international broadcast “NHK WORLD” as mentioned above. With the “NHK WORLD TV” app, you can easily watch this international broadcast. This app usually provides a wide range of information besides weather forecasts. However, if a typhoon comes to Japan or a big earthquake occurs, this app will provide you with a lot of disaster prevention information. This app has over 500,000 downloads.

There is also a radio app called “NHK WORLD RADIO”, which also has over 100,000 downloads.

OS

iOS, Android

language

English only

As mentioned above, the NHK WORLD TV website supports 35 languages including Korean, Thai, and Arabic.

Information that can be provided

Information that can be viewed in this app is as follows.

Earthquake information
Tsunami warning
Tsunami warning
NHK World emergency news
J Alert (National Instant Warning System)

 

Safety tips

Android application of "Safety tips"

This app provides emergency earthquake warnings, tsunami warnings, special weather warnings, eruption warnings, etc. so that foreign visitors to Japan can travel in Japan with peace of mind. This provides only necessary information in the event of a disaster in five languages: Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

Basically, I recommend that you first watch “NHK WORLD TV”. This is because “NHK WORLD TV” provides the latest information faster. However, if you are in danger of a typhoon or earthquake, I recommend you to use “Safety tips” as well.

“Safety tips” is a specialized app that the Japanese government tells you about disaster information. Therefore, it is a good idea to check the information of the Japanese government in “Safety tips”.

OS

iOS, Android

language

The following five languages are supported.

Japanese
English
Korean
Chinese (Simplified / Traditional)

Information that can be provided

Information that can be viewed in this app is as follows.

Earthquake information

Up to 10 items of past earthquake information with a seismic intensity of 3 or higher can be confirmed.

Weather warning

You can check the weather special alert and weather alert at the set point.

Eruption warning

You can check the eruption warning information that is currently announced.

Heat stroke information

You can check the risk of heat stroke at the set point.

Medical institution information

You can check the information of medical institutions that can accept foreigners.

Transportation information

You can check information on transfer and operation status.

Evacuation advisories / instructions

You can check the evacuation advisory / instruction information and shelter information issued by each local government. (only Japanese)

National protection information

You can check information on ballistic missiles among the national protection information distributed by the Japanese government.

 

There are related articles as below. Below these articles introducing the four seasons of Japan, I also prepared articles that provide detailed weather information for Tokyo, Osaka, and Hokkaido on a monthly basis. Please refer to them.

How to enjoy Japanese Winter

Life and Culture

2018/6/6

How to enjoy Japanese Winter! Ski Resort, Festivals, Drift Ice etc.

If you are traveling in Japan in the winter, what type of trip is best? If you have never experienced a cold winter, I would recommend Hokkaido first. Next, I recommend the Tohoku region and some Chubu regions. On the other hand, in urban areas such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, you will be able to enjoy sightseeing trips as well as other seasons without suffering from snow. On this page, I will introduce the tourist spots I recommend especially in winter. Table of Contents1 Enjoy Japan in December, January, February2 Snowy mountain: Experience skiing and snow boating3 Large cities in Hokkaido and Tohoku : Enjoy snow festivals and more!4 Traditional Japanese snow scenery: Shirakawago etc.5  Drift Ice in cold sea: Abashiri, Shiretoko etc.6 Experience Onsen (Hot Spring) in the world of snow7 Experience the winter life in Japan Enjoy Japan in December, January, February I gathered articles for each month on Japanese winter. If you want to know such details, please look at the slide below and click the month you are planning to visit. If you want to know what kind of clothes the Japanese are wearing in winter, I also wrote articles that introduced it, so visit the page if you do not mind.   From here on, I will introduce the tourist spots you would like to recommend when traveling Japan in winter. I added a lot of videos and images on this page, so if you do not mind, please look at them and enjoy the atmosphere of winter in Japan.   ...

Read More

A Japanese woman wearing kimono looking cherry blossoms = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/7

How to enjoy Japanese Spring! cherry blossoms, Nemophila etc.

If you are traveling Japan in spring (March, April, May), what can you enjoy? On this page, I would like to introduce what kind of things are popular in the spring of Japan travel. In spring, you can watch a lot of flowers such as cherry blossoms in Japan. The Japanese archipelago is very long in the north and south, so the times when flowers bloom are quite different in the south and the north. I recommend you to check the itinerary to find out where the flowers are blooming when you travel. Table of Contents1 Recommended for traveling in Japan in December, January, February2 "HANAMI"  Enjoy watching cherry blossoms3 Other flowers such as Shiba cherry tree4 Snowy scenery to enjoy in spring Recommended for traveling in Japan in December, January, February I gathered articles for each month on Japanese spring. If you want to know such details, please look at the slide below and click the month you are planning to visit. If you want to know what kind of clothes the Japanese are wearing in spring, I also wrote articles that introduced it, so visit the page if you do not mind.   On this page, I would like to specifically tell you what you can enjoy when you come to Japan in spring. "HANAMI"  Enjoy watching cherry blossoms Cherry blossom petals falling down on the streaming water. Hirosaki Castle, Japan = Shutterstock Tokyo Crowd enjoying Cherry blossoms festival in Ueno Park = Shutterstock For the trip to Japan in the spring, I ...

Read More

Life and Culture

2018/6/7

How to enjoy Japanese Summer! Festivals, Fireworks, Beaches, Hokkaido etc.

Summer in Japan is very hot. However, there are traditional summer festivals and large fireworks festivals in Japan. If you go further to Hokkaido and Honshu mountains, you will be greeted with wonderful meadow flowers. Surprisingly beautiful beaches are also attractive. On this page, I will introduce you how to enjoy the summer in Japan. Table of Contents1 Recommended for traveling in Japan in June, July, August2 Enjoy the summer festivals in Japan3 Relaxing in Hokkaido or Honshu Plateau4 Spend time at the beautiful beaches of Okinawa5 Things to watch out for when visiting Japan in the summer6 Recommended Videos Recommended for traveling in Japan in June, July, August I gathered articles for each month on Japanese summer. If you want to know such details, please look at the slide below and click the month you are planning to visit. If you want to know what kind of clothes the Japanese are wearing in summer, I also wrote articles that introduced it, so visit the page if you do not mind.   From here on, I will introduce the tourist spots you would like to recommend when traveling Japan in summer. I added a lot of videos and images on this page, so if you do not mind, please look at them and enjoy the atmosphere of summer in Japan. Enjoy the summer festivals in Japan This is a movie of fireworks festival held in Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture every August. There are so many festivals in Japan in the summer. In the festival, some of ...

Read More

Life and Culture

2018/6/7

How to enjoy Japanese Autumn! It is the best season for traveling!

If you are going to travel Japan in the fall, what kind of trip is the most fun? In Japan, autumn is the most comfortable season in line with spring. The mountains of the Japanese archipelago are dyed red or yellow depending on autumn colors. Agricultural crops are harvested in autumn and delicious meals can be enjoyed. On this page, I would like to introduce recommended places if you are traveling in Japan. Recommended for traveling in Japan in September, October, November I gathered articles for each month on Japanese autumn. If you want to know such details, please look at the slide below and click the month you are planning to visit. If you want to know what kind of clothes the Japanese are wearing in autumn, I also wrote articles that introduced it, so visit the page if you do not mind.   Traditional cities such as Kyoto and Nara are beautiful If you are considering traveling in Japan in the fall, I recommend you go to a traditional city like Kyoto or Nara first. There are many temples and shrines in such a town. Many of these sights are more beautiful in autumn in autumn. You will be able to refresh while you are walking around the temple and the shrine. It is around the second half of November that autumn leaves can be seen in major Japanese cities. At that time especially in Kyoto, domestic and foreign tourists come and the famous shrines and temples are very crowded everywhere. If you ...

Read More

 

I appreciate you reading to the end.

 

About me

Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

 

If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.

No tags for this post.

投稿日:2019-09-07 更新日:

Copyright© Best of Japan , 2019 All Rights Reserved.