I AM ON THE ANCIENT AND MODERN JAPAN TRIP(AOP) STARTING APRIL 9 AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FROM EXODUS IF THEY KNOW IF THIS TRIP WILL BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE EARTHQUAKE. THERE SEEMS TO BE MANY FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED HERE. PARAMOUNT IN MY MIND IS WHETHER WE WILL BE PUTTING OURSELVES IN HARMS WAY WITH THE NUCLEAR FALLOUT. HOW IS THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE LIKE TRAINS AND AIRPORTS GOING TO AFFECT A TRIP LIKE OURS? I WOULD HOPE EXODUS WOULD CONTACT US REGARDING THESE MATTERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
I HOPE ONLY THE BEST FOR THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN. I REALLY CAN'T IMAGINE THE HORROR AND UNCERTAINTY THAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH AT THIS TIME.
Given the severity of last week’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami, I can understand your concern about travelling to Japan in the coming months. I have spoken to people in Tokyo, the Japan Alps and also to our local partner based just outside of Kyoto in the west (the parts of the country that our itineraries visit) and all reports are consistent – short of the risk of occasional and planned power blackouts, there are little-to-no physical effects from the earthquake in these regions. The damage, while truly horrific is localised to the North East of the country, which none of our itineraries approach. Narita Airport and transport links to it are resuming normal operations.
I’m unable to comment on the safety of the failing nuclear reactors, but reports from the scientific community indicate that the risk to people not in the immediate vicinity of these reactors were things to deteriorate further is minimal and that a Chernobyl style incident is not possible with this type of power station.
This morning, we have taken the step to cancel the first departure of the season – 18th March – whilst the situation on the ground remains somewhat uncertain and the risk of large aftershocks so soon after the main earthquake stays high. Clients on this departure have all been contacted. However, given the fact that the vast majority of the country including all the regions that we visit are largely unaffected by the quake, with life continuing as normal, we still hope to run our subsequent tours to this fascinating and beautiful destination.
Clearly, we will continue to monitor reports on the ground closely and will contact all Japan clients with any changes to this situation. Please keep an eye on these forum posts for updates as we hear more from the ground and if you or any other client has further concerns, please feel free to call.
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