Friday 11 March 2011, Japan was struck by an earthquake which triggered an extremely destructive tsunami. Due to the force of nature, Japan also faced a nuclear catastrophe.
Almost six months later and Japan is still recovering. However it is going to take a long time before Japan is fully rebuilt. Naturally, tourism isn’t as high as in previous years but the growth is faster than expected.
The Japan National Tourism Organization says that everything is safe now and that they are monitoring everything carefully. It is very important for the recovery of Japan that tourists and TEFLers continue to travel and spend their money; it’s good for the tourism industry but also for the economy. It seems that the people feel safe enough to visit Japan again.
The future is bright and there are a lot of people who are still planning their trip to Japan, mainly to Tokyo. One of our fabulous Irish TEFL tutors Helen Tuffy, recently visited Japan on an i-to-i TEFL mission. She can confirm that Japan is still a hot destination to visit ‘In Tokyo, normal daily life has returned for the most part. To conserve energy, some of the iconic bright city lights aren’t in use though so it feels a little darker. People will still talk about the disaster and there’s also TV coverage, so the events from March remain a topic for conversation. However, Japan is a country that I’ve been planning to visit for many years and it certainly lived up to expectations – Tokyo is such a fun city and I’d recommend it to anyone to visit or apply for a teaching job.’
The prices of flights to Japan are lower than previous years, which attracts some people who always wanted to visit Japan but thought it was too expensive. Helen secured a great return flight price for under €700 and flew through Copenhagen, with great connection times. SAS and Air France were offering flights at super value prices, especially when you price air fares to neighbouring countries.
I have read a lot of stories of people who live in Japan, they were very positive and I was impressed. They wrote that everything is getting better and the tourism is blossoming again. Everyday they still think about the disaster, but they know that they need to move on.
There are still a lot of TEFLers who want to go to Japan; it is one of the most popular countries to go to. And I totally understand it; I think it’s a beautiful country with a very interesting culture. They still need many English teachers over there, so if you want some more information about teaching in Japan, you can take a look in the Teaching Guide or on Chalkboard’s Japan Group.