The Japan National Tourism Organization advised Tuesday that public transportation in and around Tokyo has “partially recovered” from last Friday’s earthquake.
Periodical blackouts have been imposed for power conservation, causing train delays and cancellations, the JNTO said. Some Tokyo hotels have shortened their business hours, and the JNTO recommends that travelers refer to hotel updates in advance.
The tourism organization noted that Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports are open.
The JNTO advised that people should postpone traveling to Fukushima and other destinations in the Tohoku region, which was hardest hit by the quake.
Popular destinations such as Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo, Kanazawa and Hiroshima were not affected by the quake, thus tourism facilities and transportation service are operating as usual, said the JNTO.
The agency is providing daily updates on its website here.
Earlier in the week, however, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Japan and urged U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and nonessential travel to Japan. Non-emergency, U.S.-government personnel should defer travel to Japan, the alert said.
The alert expires April 1.
"Temporary shortages of food and water supplies may occur in affected areas o Japan due to power and transportation disruptions," the alert said. "Telephone services have also been disrupted in affected areas." Rolling power outages are planned for the metro Tokyo area and central and northern Honshu, Japan's main island.
The alert warned of the possibility of strong aftershocks, and added that Japan remains at risk for further tsunamis.