Strategy article:Experience With all Five Senses!
​~A Journey that Connects Fukushima’s Past, Present, and Future~​

Strategy article:Experience With all Five Senses!​~A Journey that Connects Fukushima’s Past, Present, and Future~​

Connecting by local train and bus ”New Tohoku Journey”
Experience With all Five Senses!
​~A Journey that Connects Fukushima’s Past, Present, and Future~​

Through this extraordinary tour program, participants will visit the coastal areas of Fukushima. The only area in the world that has experienced the triple disasters of an Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear accident.
The tour lets you learn more about Great East Japan Earthquake and what exactly happened on March 11,2011.
See for yourself the various approaches to decommissioning of nuclear power plant and feel the strength of local people who are involved in it.
(local guide and facility guides will assist you)

Highly recommended for people who…
・are interested in studying about the disaster and nuclear power plant.
・are researchers, specialists and students.
・want to learn more about Great East Japan Earthquake with friends.

as of Jan 1st 2021, in the center of Naraha, radiation dose is 0.10μSv/h. Radiation level is so stable that it has no effect on health.
reference: average radiation levels at major cities
Tokyo:0.03μSv/h, Kyoto:0.07μSv/h, New york:0.05μSv/h, London:0.1μSv/h ( NRA, Nuclear Regulation Authority)

For more infomation about radiation levels, please visit.
Post 2011.3.11 General Information

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※This tour is planned for personal travelers who wish to make use of public transportation(e.g., local train and buses) and communicate with local people and enjoy local delicacies surrounded by magnificent nature. This is your chance to dive deep into Tohoku.
※using JR-PASS is recommended.

Highlights

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum
This large-scale facility,opened in September 2020, shows videos and exhibits that covers
local people’s lives and events before and after the disaster. Visitors also learn about ongoing process of revitalisation of the area and continued decommissioning of nuclear power plant.
TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center
Operated by TEPCO, under the theme of ‘Memory and Record’, ‘Reassessment and Lessons’ this center shows exhibits that can only be seen here.​
Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development
The institution developes the most advanced technology necessary for decommissioning. Virtual Reality systems and robot simulators enable visitors to foresee a bright future for Fukushima.​​
Professional Tour Guide
professional tour guides can be hired with the extensive knowledge of the day and vast experience guiding specialists, reserchers and proffessionals from aroud the world.100,000yen(TAX not included)/ 1 group
*advance registration required

Itinerary

  1. meet with a guide
  2. from Futaba station to The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum
  3. Highlight: The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum
  4. Tomioka Station to TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center
  5. Highlight: TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center
  6. Tomioka Station to J Village
  7. Accommodation: J Village Hotel
  8. J Village to Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development
  9. Highlight: Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development
  10. Highlight: Meeting between tourists and residents
  11. Departure at Hirono Station ( access to your next destination)

1:meeting with a guide( where to meet)


11:30
Meet at the 「11:30(Please Do Not be late)」
Please come to 「Futaba Station Ticket Gate」by 11:30.
※if you can’t make it on time, please contact us on the tourist chat as soon as possible

Your tour guide from ‘Machizukuri Namie’ will be waiting at the ticket gate.The guide will help you with anything you need.
refer to the photo.
Tour will begin after checking 「your tour confirmation mail」and「your name」,You will receive an itenerary and tickets.

2:From Futaba station to The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum


11:40
Tour begins here.
「Futaba machi shuttle bus」 will take you to The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum.

Futaba Station (leave at 11:40)→The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum (arrive at 11:45)

It is a 5-minute bus ride to The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum.

3:Highlight: The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum

11:45
arrive at The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum.
This large-scale facility,opened in September 2020, shows videos and exhibits that covers local people’s lives and events before and after the disaster.Visitors also learn about ongoing process of revitalisation of the area and continued decommissioning of nuclear power plant.

3 basic philosophies of The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum
・「for the future, with the world」Preserve the memories and records of the nuclear accident and rebuild so we can share the lessons learned with the next generations and around the globe.
・「disaster prevention and mitigation」learn the most from Fukushima’s experience
・「contribute to acceleration of reconstruction」develop human resources and work together with various groups to revitalize the community, culture and tradition.

at the museum, relive what others experienced that day.

One-hour tour at the museum will be assisted by the museum guide.
You will also be accompanied by a local tour guide so please make the most of this occasion and ask all sorts of questions.

Move to a restaurant in Futaba Business Incubation and Community Center adjacent to the museum for lunch

Namie’s all-time favorite 「Namie Yakisoba」
A local speciality stir fried noodles, known for its thick noodles.
Namie Yakisoba is cooked with bean sprouts and pork in a rich sauce that has satisfied locals for many years.
※other noodles and set meals are also available ( price range \600-\900)
※lunch cost is not included in the tour.

14:00
Board the bus back to Futaba Station.
※Please make sure you are on time since there is not much means of transportation around the area.

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum (leave at 14:05) → Futaba Station( arrive at 14:10)

It is time for say good-bye to your local guide. But please don’t worry,the guide will givie you some tips for getting on / off the train.
layover is 15 minutes, make sure to get to the train on time!

14:24
At Futaba Station, board JR Jo-ban line(for Iwaki) to Tomioka Station
In March, 2020, JR Joban line fully reopened nine years after Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear power plant accident.

Futaba Station (leave at 14:24)→Tomioka Station(arrive at 14:39)

※JR pass holders do not need a ticket. Show your JR pass to a station attendant at the ticke gate.

Although most areas are well rennovated, there are still some areas that retain the atmosphere of the time.
See and feel the current situation of Fukushima for yourself.

4:Tomioka station to TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center

Arrive at Tomioka Station

15-minute walk to TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center.
Please refer to the google map below for directions.

※at the Archive Center, the tour starts at 15:00. make sure to be there on time.

This western-style building is TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center.

5:Highlight :TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center


15:00
The Center specializing in nuclear power plant and decommissioning is operated by TEPCO, Tokyo Electric Power Company.
Since its opening in November 2018, the center has been visited by many people who learned the facts of Fukushima nuclear disaster and ongoing process of decommissioning.
After registering at the front desk (give the representitive’s name) , one-hour tour will start in multiple languages.

There are three zones in the center,
①Prologue: Tepco’s commitment.
②Memory and Record/ Reassessment and Lessons : introduces the overall timeline of the accident and the lessons learned.
③Current situation of the site: providing up-to-date information of the decommissioning operation in real time.

The archive center gives visitors different perspective to see the disaster.

6:Tomioka Station to J Village Hotel

16:15
leave TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center and walk back to Tomioka Station 15-minute walk to the Station.
The train is at 17:06. layover is about 50 minutes.

You want to take advantage of this extra time? Then, look around and explore!
Turn left as you walk out of the archive center. Let google map navigate you.
check the estimated arrival time on your google map in order to get to Tomioka Station by 16:50

16:50
arrive at Tomioka Station. Board JR Jo-ban line(for Iwaki) to J Village Station.

You must be feeling a bit tired after visiting two types of facilities.
One more train ride and you find yourself at the hotel!

Tomioka Station(leave at 17:06)→J Village Station(arrive at 17:18)

※JR pass holders do not need a ticket. Show your JR pass to a station attendant at the ticke gate.

17:20
arrive at J Village Station. walk to J Village Hotel

J Village (J Village Hotel) opened in 1997 as the first national soccer training center.
J Village, being known as the training ground for the Japanese national soccer team and Rugby team, has been chosen as the starting ponit for the Tokyo Olympic torch relay as a symbol of the revitalization of Fukushima.
After recent renovation, J Village has made a new start as a place where people can gather not only for sports but also for leisure as well as business.

No rush,You are almost there.
watch your step as it might be getting darker.

7:J Village Hotel


after checking in at the front desk, where dinner information and facility guidance will be given, head to your room.

feel like taking a hot bath or refreshing at a gym? Now it is your call.
*due to Japanese traditions, tatoos should not be shown in public bath.

8:J Village to Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development


9:45
check-out and board shuttle bus to Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development.

Your tour guide will be waiting for you at the front desk.
check your luggage at the front desk and board the bus.

9:Highlight: Center for Remote Control Technology Development


10:00
The facility, opened to public in April,2016, has been operated as a core of research and develpoment for remote control technologies with gathering researchers and engineers, prompting research and development efficiently and effectively. Virtual Reality system and robot simulator enable visitors to foresee Fukushima’s bright future.


Virtual Reality system and robot simulator enable visitors to foresee Fukushima’s bright future.

10:Highlight: Interaction between tourists and residents

11:40
Jback to the hotel for lunch.

eat as much as you want in a buffet style restaurant featuring local foods.

enjoy buying local goods at a souvenir shop in the hotel.

13:00
after lunch, at 「Cafe Amazon」, talk with local residents over coffee.

Through the tour, we have learned about Fukushima’s past, present and future.
・Has it changed 「your impression」 of Fukushima?
・Has it updated 「your perspective」
・Has it helped you seek 「knowledge」 about Fukusima?
・Has it changed 「your mindset?」

Each and every participant’s thoughts count. Please share your thoughts and feelings during this unique oppotunity.
Telling your family and friends about the tour will help create a bright future for Fukushima

11:Departure at Hirono Station ( access to your next destination)


15:00
leave the hotel , board shuttle bus to Hirono Station.

Tour ends here. We hope you enjoyed it.
Moving to your next destination From Hirono is easy.

※Train schedule below is subject to change, please check at Hirono station.

Joban line: for Sendai
Hirono Station(leave at 15:33)→Sendai Station(arrive at 17:26)
Joban line: for Tokyo
Hirono Station(leave at 16:26)→Tokyo Station(arrive at 19:44)

Waking up your five senses: experinence Fukushima ~past, present and future~

Experience With all Five Senses!
​~A Journey that Connects Fukushima’s Past, Present, and Future~​

experience Fukushima’s past, present and future by visiting the most important facilities in regards to the disaster. Be a bridge for Fukushima’s future by sharing your messages.

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