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October 11, 2019

Japan Prepares for Super Typhoon Hagibis


A dangerous typhoon, considered as a Cateogry-5 hurricane by the U.S. military’s weather agency, is expected to hit Japan this Saturday, October 15 with what could be the heaviest winds and rain since 1958. Tokyo is expected to take the brunt of the storm and stores, supermarkets, trains, public transit, and offices in and around the capital city are quickly shutting down. 

The storm has also already affected two major sporting events currently taking place in Japan; the Rugby World Cup and the F1 Grand Prix. Two rugby games have been cancelled and all F1 qualifying rounds have been postponed to Sunday in hopes the storm would be over by then.

International and domestic flights to and from Tokyo’s two main airports, Haneda Airport and Narita Airport, have been cancelled from Friday afternoon through Saturday. Updated flight status can be found at the following official websites: Narita International Airport and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda). Japan’s famous high-speed bullet trains between Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka are also due to be out of service this weekend. Finally, Disneyland Park announced its closure for Saturday.



If you were scheduled to travel to Japan this weekend, call your airline company or travel agency to postpone/cancel your trip and inquire about reimbursement.

If you are currently in Japan, stay indoors and away from windows. Do not attempt to drive a car or walk outside.

Download Japan Tourism Agency’s app “Safety Tip” on your iPhone or Android. The app provides various functions useful for both foreign tourists and residents in Japan, such as an evacuation flowchart, communication cards and website links.

Besides the app, continue to monitor the local news and follow local authorities’ safety measures and directions.

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