Would you travel to Tokyo today?

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  1. tritrain profile image69
    tritrainposted 13 years ago

    If you were given a free ticket even?

    I think I would go there.  But I'd be nervous about the Sushi and water.

    1. SmittenWithTravel profile image61
      SmittenWithTravelposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The only way I would want to go there would be to help the great people of Japan in relief/humanitarian aid...not go as a tourist or a looky-loo.

    2. marwan asmar profile image66
      marwan asmarposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think I would if I was invited. I woulfdn't just pack up and go......there has to be a reason

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image80
    Uninvited Writerposted 13 years ago

    No, I'd wait until the nuclear problems are solved.

    1. profile image0
      ryankettposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately you will be waiting for 30 years, cesium isotopes (the type being released) have a half life of around three decades.

      I would go if it were for 3 days, and I would drink imported spring water. Radiation is four times the normal level at current in Tokyo, exposure at that level for a short period isn't too dangerous. Expose yourself to that for a few months and you are in trouble.

      I expect that many people from Tokyo, particularly the wealthy, will be buying up 'holiday homes' and dissapearing for a year or more.

      1. tritrain profile image69
        tritrainposted 13 years agoin reply to this


        I'm really starting to rethink my opinion of using nuclear energy.

        Are the risks really worth it?

    2. profile image0
      zampanoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That means some million years...

  3. tritrain profile image69
    tritrainposted 13 years ago

    But...free tickets.  big_smile

  4. jeremytorres profile image56
    jeremytorresposted 13 years ago

    No, I won't even if it's free. I am afraid of the radiation.

    1. tritrain profile image69
      tritrainposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      And probably justifiably so.

      1. mabmiles profile image58
        mabmilesposted 13 years agoin reply to this


  5. johncimble profile image52
    johncimbleposted 13 years ago

    I will be going to Japan soon at the end of June. I hope everything will be ok when i visit!

    I would still go there today if my trip was booked, be a bit weary though.

  6. sirrot profile image60
    sirrotposted 13 years ago

    I read an article in the New York Time this morning called Why We Travel.  The writer struck a cord with me because he pointed out that some of his most rewarding and enriching vacation were not the perfect ones.  They were actually the result of "hard travel".  I wrote about our experiences on my blog today.  The post was called Why We Travel Hopefully and Fearlessly.  Paul Theroux is the authors name and he said,

    Tokyo may be a totally different matter but I would go.   If it were at all possible, the experience would be one you could never forget!


    1. JapanAdvice profile image61
      JapanAdviceposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely! I was there during the earthquake, my wife is currently in Tokyo with the rest of her family, and I'm headed there in June.

      I agree that Fukushima is worrying, but that doesn't mean the whole country is dangerous.

      1. sirrot profile image60
        sirrotposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I have found this to be true of Mexico.  Any mention of travel to Mexico bring a question about cartels and murders in the street.  Most areas of Mexico are safer that the street in front of my house!

        Thank you for response.


    2. johncimble profile image52
      johncimbleposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That is true I think. I had a trip once in Laos where I caught this really really old bus that had chickens and people sitting in the isle. I was on this for 28 hours haha, but it makes for a great story.

      1. sirrot profile image60
        sirrotposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I know what you mean...we rode in a taxi in the Phillipines a few years ago that must have had a millions miles on it!  We could have put our feet through the floor boards.  It was an adventure!  The only other experience that topped it was a tuk tuk ride in Thailand.

  7. profile image0
    Home Girlposted 13 years ago

    I think you need a Geiger counter to go there. If we continue to build those f* nuclear plants we'll all need them pretty soon. sad

    1. sirrot profile image60
      sirrotposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I have an A...... account.  Maybe you could buy one there.  wink


  8. Susan Ng profile image82
    Susan Ngposted 13 years ago

    Yes. It is still my dream to live in Japan. big_smile Nihon ga totemo suki desu. (Translation: I love Japan very much.) smile

    1. JapanAdvice profile image61
      JapanAdviceposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Nice Susan, and good luck. I lived there for over 5 years and consider it my second home. Well now it is with my wife's family being from Tokyo

      1. Susan Ng profile image82
        Susan Ngposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks. How was it living in Japan? smile

        1. JapanAdvice profile image61
          JapanAdviceposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I loved living there and will probably live there again in the future. I was in Osaka, Shiga, and Tokyo at various different times. Now I go back mostly for extended visits to see family.

          1. Susan Ng profile image82
            Susan Ngposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Oh, that is so nice. smile By the way, would you happen to know where in Japan this place is? smile



            The photos are screenshots from the live action movie adaptation of the anime Kimi ni Todoke. smile

            1. JapanAdvice profile image61
              JapanAdviceposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              Sorry Susan, these photos are of very common things in Japan so they could really be anywhere.

              1. Susan Ng profile image82
                Susan Ngposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                I see. I thought perhaps the bridge was a landmark but I guess not. smile Thanks anyway. smile

  9. Mikeydoes profile image43
    Mikeydoesposted 13 years ago

    You bet your @$$ I'd go!

    I would not worry about the water(although I'd do more research to see what is safe) and def wouldn't care about the sushi, ICK!

    How far I go in toward the site.. I'm not sure how much radiation I'd want to expose my body to.

  10. melpor profile image91
    melporposted 13 years ago

    Yes, I would travel to Tokyo if the radiation level there is around the background level for radiation. Keep in mind we are expose to radiation on a daily basis, but the radiation level is low. That is the background radiation.

  11. TheBlondie profile image60
    TheBlondieposted 13 years ago

    Nope. I've never thought of Japan as a fun place to go, really...I don't like the food, I'd have no idea what they were saying, and the culture shock would probably be the most intense out of anywhere else. Not to mention, the whole earthquake/tsunami thing...

    1. slideseven profile image60
      slidesevenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oh dear..you really have no idea of what a fantastic Country Japan really is.
      It has been some time since I was in Japan but I can tell you the Japanese are very educated and more folks there speak better English than others I have heard in English Speaking Countries.
      There are many, many more dishes than Sushi!
      Try Tariyaki beef (if you eat meat that is) and you will find it is freshly cooked and is only slightly different from a good old fashioned stew your Mom or grandma makes.
      Right now the majority of the population of Japan have no alternative to move some place else to live, and others have said in replies on this Hub -only the rich can afford to take the option of living some place else in another Country for a few years.
      Radiation is dreadful, and even drinking imported bottled water and eating imported food will not stop one from gettng effected by the air they breathe.
      Possibly the safest place in Japan (if there is one) is to move down to the extreme Sounthern islands of the Country. The Japanese (not that bunch of throat cutting fanatics of WW2) people are very good at solving solutions and will eventually get over this dreadful disaster. Thousands will die over the next three or four decades from radiation related illness as happened after the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombs were dropped, and because of their location on the Pacif ring of fire it is most likely that tihs will not be the last tsunami or davastating Earthquake. The Japanese are used to it, and will continue to pull together as a Nation to help each other and try to live their lives as best they can.

  12. camlo profile image83
    camloposted 13 years ago

    I'd always wanted to visit Japan, but I certainly wouldn't now. Not even if somebody offered me a free ticket.
    It seems as though I've developed a silly phobia - whenever I see anything Japanese, I can't help thinking of radioactivity, whether people, cars or sushi.

  13. cheaptrick profile image74
    cheaptrickposted 13 years ago

    Of course,I've always wanted to glow in the dark.

  14. PierAllegro profile image59
    PierAllegroposted 13 years ago

    I would  go. When Florence was hit by the deadly pestilence, the black plague, most left the city. Galileo, a famous Italian astronomer, stayed in his studio and continued to work. HE discovered that the earth turns around the sun, and that people are prompt to fits of panic. I met a woman once on a trip around the Middle East. She refused to go to Jerusalem. A person had been gunned down in the old city's center two or three days earlier. She was from New York. Now, can somebody tell me how many people get gunned down a day in New York. I'd be curious to know.

  15. profile image51
    My neck is redposted 12 years ago

    Didn't they just receive another earthquake? maybe not, in that case.

    after searching, yes they did:
    http://www.npr.org/2011/07/10/137741272 … amp;f=1004

  16. kerlynb profile image86
    kerlynbposted 12 years ago

    Why not? I'd love to go!

    International authorities say that Tokyo is safe from radiation.

    Also, Tokyo is very cosmopolitan but the people are polite and accommodating to tourists.

    Crime rate there is also so much lower than other big cities of the world.

    The only downside I can think of is the cost. 

    Tokyo has been repeatedly cited as one of the most expensive cities in the world, if not the most expensive.


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