Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement Ceremony To Take Place on Oct 22: Here’s What You Need to Know

============ October 17th Update: The government has said that the Emperor’s enthronement parade will be postponed to November 19th due to the destruction caused by Typhoon 19. ============ On October 22, 2019, Emperor Naruhito will be enthroned as the 126th... More

Which Train Lines Will be Closed in Tokyo on Oct 13th, Following Impact of Typhoon 19

Large-scale suspension of train service is planned throughout the Tokyo metropolitan area on October 13th so that railway operators can carry out recovery work, including removal of debris, repair, and safety checks. This follows widespread closures yesterday when Typhoon 19... More

Emergency Preparedness

How to Find an Evacuation Shelter Near You and When to Evacuate: Emergency Preparedness in Tokyo

Japan’s Meteorological Agency has issued a special emergency warning for heavy rain due to Typhoon Hagibis. The warning, the highest on a one-to-five scale, means that there is rainfall with an expected level of intensity observed only once every few... More

Which Train Lines and Airlines Will be Closed and When on Oct 12th, Due to Typhoon 19

Typhoon 19 is expected to make landfall in the Kanto and Tokai regions in the evening to night of October 12th. The following are the main train, airline, and expressway closures and suspensions planned for October 12th. ============== To see... More

5 Things You Should Do Now to Prepare for Typhoon 19

When it makes landfall in the Tokyo metro region on October 12th, forecasts show that Typhoon 19 will be the most severe tropical storm to ever strike Japan. The government is urging people to prepare themselves and their homes well... More

JR East May Implement Planned Suspension of Trains this Weekend in Tokyo Due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

JR East may implement planned suspension of trains in the Tokyo metropolitan region on October 12th and/or 13th if the current typhoon forecast holds. Typhoon 19 (Super Typhoon Hagibis) is forecast to slam into Tokyo and Yokohama, bringing extremely heavy wind... More

On Oct 1st Here’s What Will Change About Living in Japan: It’s Not Just the Consumption Tax Increase

On October 1st, Japan’s consumption tax will increase from 8% to 10%. This is the first rate hike in five and a half years. But it’s not the only thing that will be changing. Below we give an overview of... More