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Hope Tourism in Fukushima

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Fukushima Prefecture is the only place in the world to have ever experienced an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster

Fukushima Prefecture



Fukushima Prefecture was deeply impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Led by a “field partner” guide, visit the area where the disaster struck to see for yourself how the community works toward recovery.

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum is the essential starting point of your journey. A wealth of resources, images, and exhibits give visitors a complete picture of the events and revitalization efforts, from the immediate aftermath to today.

Next, visit Ukedo Elementary School, located about 200 meters from the coast. The school building was engulfed and partially destroyed by the tsunami, but miraculously, no lives were lost. The school was left as a memorial.

Meet with guest speakers who are actively working to rebuild and revitalize the region through disaster prevention, fisheries, and other specialties. 

Cutting-edge technology is being developed in Fukushima, including the Fukushima Robot Test Field and the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field, one of the world's largest hydrogen production demonstration bases.

By connecting with speakers and locals, see how they continue to face complex and diverse issues while still looking to the future and marching on towards reconstruction without giving in to adversity.

How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the JR Joban Line (Limited Express Hitachi) to Futaba Station (around 3 hours 15 minutes). The starting point is a 25-minute walk from the station, or a 5-minute ride on the shuttle bus.


39 Takada, Nakano, Futaba-machi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima-ken


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