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If you are interested in visiting, please first read the following guidelines: Our tour takes you into the current exclusion zone with an official permission. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.

They’ve been feeding on the contaminated cows, after all. In „Dark Tourist“ erkundet der neuseeländische Journalist David Farrier die düsteren Seiten des Freizeitspaßes. As a result, the name “Fukushima” joined the likes of Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl. A place stuck beneath the unmoving shadow of nuclear tragedy. See you in Fukushima!

Posted September 25, 2018 December 1, 2018 Editor. It will become a new town.”. In the beginning of March 2011, the town’s population was 21,000 – by the end of that month, it was zero, and it stayed that way for six years. Hiroko Nakayama, born and raised a few miles from the power plant, struggles to see a time when she will ever return home. We encourage all visitors to independently verify this data should they wish.

Entering buildings in the way demonstrated by David Farrier on Dark Tourist is dangerous, unnecessary and largely prohibited. A tour of the Fukushima disaster zone is raw, harrowing, at times desperately sad. The next stop on our tour was Namie, just a few miles away from the power plant. “If you look at your reading, you will see that the total amount of radiation you have been exposed to today is lower than the amount of a flight from London to Tokyo,” she told me. About Our Ads Other episodes feature tourism related to voodoo, drug barons, mass murderers and survivalists.

“The people who live here will be completely different than before. This is a place that, probably more so than anywhere else on the planet, offers a glimpse of what happens when humans leave somewhere behind and nature is free to do its thing. Terms of Use | Could you be tempted by a tour of the Fukushima exclusion zone? But the flip side is that visiting Fukushima teaches some poignant lessons about the destructive power of humankind, it reminds of the enduring resilience of nature, and sheds light on the untold human stories of the disaster. The parts of the video that the authorities have taken objection to are the section showing the high radiation levels, but not saying where they were filmed, the speculation about food contamination and Farrier's excursion into the off-limits area. An ungoverned, daring place,” said Masami Yoshizawa, whose cattle farm is 14 km (9 miles) from Dai-ichi. The clicks were becoming maddening. "We're examining the video content," a senior official from the prefecture told news agency Jiji. The sweet call of a nightingale warbled from an overhead power cable; this bird, and the one calling back, have only ever known this – the ghost town version of Namie. If you are interested in visiting, please first read the following guidelines: Our tour takes you into the current exclusion zone with an official permission. The sky was heavy as concrete, weighing down on the vehicles that passed through, mainly trucks transporting contaminated soil to be buried far away from here.

The buildings, the local culture, it’s all come to a halt, so it’s about new things starting here. After the explosion, over 150,000 residents were evacuated from the area 20km (12 miles) from Dai-ichi, and for years the official advice was to stay away. The farm is dubbed the Ranch of Hope, but the aesthetic is more like the hideaway of the last man on earth, decorated with cow skulls and sprayed with anti-nuclear graffiti. What on earth was I doing here?

“I don’t think it will return to the normal we once knew, but rather a new type of normal,” she told me. The truth is there are very few places to spend your money in Namie Town, or anywhere in the exclusion zone for that matter.