Emergency Message – Volcanic Activity at Hakoneyama Mountain

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that on June 30 the Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning to Level 3 for volcanic activity at Hakoneyama Mountain in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture.

A Level 3 warning means that visitors should not approach the volcano because of an elevated possibility of an eruption. The Agency has indicated that a large-scale eruption of Hakoneyama is unlikely, with effects of a possible eruption limited to the Owakudani area, and with minimal influence on Hakone’s surrounding hot spring resorts. Hakone City authorities have closed areas around Hakoneyama and Owakudani. Some roads in the area are closed, including portions of Prefectural Route 734, as well as hiking trails around Owakudani. The Hakone scenic cable cars are also closed.

A map of the closures is available on the Hakone City website.

Visitors to the Hakone area are advised to exercise caution and to avoid Hakoneyama and Owakudani, and to heed all local warnings and road and trail closures.

The Embassy will continue to monitor the situation around the volcano, and will issue further messages if the security situation worsens. Visitors to the Hakone area should monitor local conditions by consulting media sources and the following websites:

Additional information on emergency preparedness may be found on the Natural Disasters page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Updated information on travel in Japan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Japan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan.