Tokyo travel advice downgraded

The warning of only travelling to Tokyo for essential travel has been downgraded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

After weeks of uncertainty following the earthquake and devastating tsunami that left the Fukushima nuclear plant worryingly close to a nuclear disaster, Japan is now welcoming tourists back.

Last year 8.6million tourists came to Japan, and considering the huge price tag for the series of disasters is thought to be at £122billion, the decision to downgrade is certainly a welcome one. Especially as Spring is a very popular time for tourists wanting to see the beautiful cherry blossom season.

Since the earthquake on March 11th, which subsequently damaged the nuclear reactors and radition appeared to by leaking, the FCO had warned against travel to Tokyo.

Although Tokyo is 130 miles south of Fukushima, it was feared radiation would reach the city.

Due to the destruction to the infrastructure to the north-east of the capital, the FCO is still advising against travel to this area, but Tokyo is now considered safe as long as no further disasters occur at the Fukushima plant.

A statement on the FCO website says: ‘Although the situation at Fukushima will remain of concern for some time, the risks are gradually declining as the reactors cool and as facilities to stabilise them are established.’

However, Britons have been advised to follow ‘precautionary measures’ if radiation levels do increase.