Save My Honemoon To Japan!
January 1, 2012 10:09 PM Subscribe
SAVE MY HONEYMOON HIVEMIND! Is there a definitive (non-biased) answer on whether Japan is safe for travel?
posted by Elminster24 to Travel & Transportation around Japan (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm desperate. My fiance and I are getting married this August. Our whole relationship we've talked about how we want to go to Japan and this seemed like the perfect time and it was a no-brainer...
Then Fukushima hit.
Her research has been inconclusive and my own Google-fu has failed me for the first time. Everything we find is either unsubstantiated claims by people on forums, comments from incredibly biased sources like Japan's tourism board, the Japanese government who is trying to save face, etc. (I don't even trust the US government's view as they always have an agenda).
IS IT SAFE?!?!?!
Specifically, our concerns are the following:
1. Are any areas definitely NOT safe (aside from Fukushima)? We would like to go to Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, some nice onsen spa in the mountains (not sure where) and maybe elsewhere.
2. What is the food/drink situation? We are both obsessed with Japanese food and want to be able to gorge ourselves, but are scared of some reports of radiation contamination and potential short-term and long-term side effects.
3. Could this cause issues with having kids down the line? I know...probably paranoid, but a question that has come up nonetheless.
4. Is the exposure we'd risk just not worth worrying about? Several things I've read have said we'd get more radiation on the flight over than we would just being there for a couple weeks. And even if food was slightly contaminated, the brief period of time (2.5 weeks) and the amount we'd eat in that time would be negligible from a health perspective.
There is always risk in travel, and we realize there is not going to be a 100% YES ITS SAFE link we can click on, but hit me with your most credible sources so I can show her and convince her and myself that it is indeed safe for us to go.