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[Should I travel to Japan?] Food industries in Tokyo - business as usual?

(Note: We edited the title of this post to reflect the general tenor of the discussion which is whether it's appropriate or possible for tourists to visit Japan. As things start to renormalize in various parts of Japan, we expect it will also contain reports of what's up and running and what isn't. -- The Chowhound Team)

This is very likely a topic that can't yet be answered, perhaps in the coming days. Given recent events, my wife and I are trying to assess whether it is feasible or even appropriate for us to carry on our travel plans in Tokyo a week and a half away.

Naturally, as a member of this site, food is paramount on our trip and we are curious as to whether dining will be as normal following this terrible natural disaster. Will the fishing industry be business as usual or will there be a drought of top-notch seafood? Are suppliers of other foods able to reach vendors? Are restaurants, by and large, open and operating as normal?

I'm curious to hear reports as the city gets back on its feet.

(I feel considerable guilt asking such practical, pragmatic things about my holiday when there are those seriously affected by the disaster, please forgive, I don't mean to be insensitive. To those living in the area or with loved ones who are, I hope all are safe and sound)

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  1. I'm in Yokohama, and everything here is pretty much back to normal. We are still having a few aftershocks. I was in Tokyo Friday during the earthquake, and it seemed like there wasn't a lot of damage to the city. All trains and subways are currently operational in the Toyko-Yokohama area. I'm not sure if Narita is flying yet. They probably will be by then, but be sure to check with your airline first. Stores are a little empty right now, since supplies were disrupted.

    1. Japanese TV is announcing that they are going to institute planned rolling blackouts for at least the next month.

      1. It's far worse that anyone initially thought. Yesterday, all the trains and subways were operational, and generally everything was open. Today, we have had several large aftershocks, rolling blackouts, and very limited train service. The roads are packed. What is open today is closing very early to conserve electricity.

        1. French and American embassies are asking their citizens to leave the country and for tourists not to go. We are looking to leave. Probably not a good idea for you to come here until It hopefully settles down with more concrete outcome.

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          1. re: dingaling

            To my knowledge the US embassy has not asked US citizens to leave, but probably not a good idea to come here if you don't have to.

          2. We edited the title of this post to reflect the general tenor of the discussion which is whether it's appropriate or possible for tourists to visit Japan. As things start to renormalize in various parts of Japan, we expect it will also contain reports of what's up and running and what isn't.