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Osaka condition after western japan flood

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Osaka condition after western japan flood

Hi i want to ask about condition in osaka right now,is it save to travel to osaka? I decide to cancel my trip to kyoto since i read there is a warning around arashiyama area. I just plan go to dotonbori & USJ. Is there anyone could came up with news about osaka city condition? Thanks

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11. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

Olivia, the damage in the northern suburban cities of Osaka (which are not the usual tourist destinations) was made by an earlier earthquake; the torrential rain which caused damage in parts of northern Kyushu, the northern and southern suburban areas of Hiroshima City, parts of Mihara City in Hiroshima Prefecture, the northern coastal suburbs of Uwajima City in Ehime Prefecture, and a large portion of Mabicho in the northern suburbs of Kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture, has nothing much to do with the damage made by an earlier earthquake in Osaka Prefecture (which did not cause much or any damage you would notice in Osaka City itself).

Edited: 11:39 pm, July 09, 2018
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12. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

Oh i see.. thank you so much guys for your kindness information. Well it confirm mw really well so i will go to osaka :)

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13. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

We were in Osaka yesterday doing tourist stuff and didn't notice any problems with anything.

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14. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

If people go to Osaka “City”, people won’t recognize anything (except maybe in its Kita Ward), because there was little or no actual damage because of the earthquake. If people go to the suburban cities in the north of Osaka “Prefecture”, namely Takatsuki City, Mino-o City, and Ibaraki City, they would recognize many buildings (particularly older ones) with roof tiles off and covered with blue waterproof sheets, damaged walls, and some partially destroyed.

The record-breaking heavy rainfall which occurred more recently affected Kyoto “Prefecture” and Osaka “Prefecture” to some degree (there were a couple of unfortunate people who were found dead), but there had been no major damage to Kyoto “City” and Osaka “City”. Flooding (at least that of a major scale) did not occur in those cities although the water levels went high up to an alarming degree in Kamo River and Hozu River. Cities in Japan are like fortresses with reconstructed waterways, concrete embankment, dams, and underground tanks to contain historic flooding issues.

The actual flooding and landslides which claimed over 170 people’s lives mostly occurred in the areas known to be at risk, in the hillside and river basins of enlarged urban areas extending to the countryside. While we were watching the news live coverage of the JMA issuing a special heavy rainfall warning and calling out for clear and present danger of flooding and landslides in Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures, we all had a flashback of similar landslides that took away many lives in the northern suburbs of Hiroshima City a couple of years ago.

Hiroshima City’s northern and south-eastern suburbs, parts of Mihara City’s suburbs, Mabi-cho in the northern suburbs and Soja City north of Kurashiki City, and Uwajima City’s northern coastal suburbs were seriously affected by flooding and landslides.

Reading the news, we find that many people who couldn’t leave quickly or decided that they would be safer to stay at home upon receiving the evacuation order seem to have been found among the victims, notably the elderly people and small children. A person says that it was just a matter of minutes after he had a call that the old embankment of one of the rivers flowing into Takahashi River collapsed that flooding came. Within minutes, the water level reached a couple of meters high; those who could escape to the second floor survived.

Tourist attractions in Hiroshima City and Miyajima, Kurashiki City, Okayama City, and Uwajima, let alone those in the Kansai Region (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe) weren’t affected, although because of the alerts, warnings, and risks, some may have suspended operation temporarily while the rainfall was at peak. Many train lines likewise suspended operation but are now back in operation as usual, except for the old lines that goes through river gorges and hills that have seen some damage with fallen sands covering the tracks and perhaps a bridge lost; JR San-in Line going to Kinosaki Onsen from Kyoto and Osaka is partly not in operation and JR Takayama Line between Gifu and Inotani via Gero Onsen and Takayama is not in operation; it should probably take days if not weeks but perhaps not months to repair those lines and have train schedules back to normal, although a date is not yet specified (a thorough check is underway).

About other places that are not mentioned, and those in the areas away from western Japan like Mt Fuji and Tokyo - no news is good news; when there isn’t a news report, that is most probably because there is nothing particular to write about.

Edited: 5:41 am, July 11, 2018
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15. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

PS You would have to admire the architecture of old wooden buildings like Todaiji Temple and the Five-storied Pagoda of Horyuji when you think that despite countless earthquakes, heavy rainfall, and typhoon, they keep on standing (although with restoration and although they are weak to damage caused by fire). Amazing.

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16. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

Shibalnguide,

It is truly amazing of the older architecture design, it still stand for 100’s of years going through so many natural disasters.

Thank you for the detail reports, it helps for some of us traveling this week with our planning. Sometimes the news reporting are confusing and made it sounds like the whole perfeture are affected, but in reality only certain areas.

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17. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

Dear All

Thank you for detailed update. While I was worried as I am leaving for Japan tomorrow, all of your updates on flood situation provided me respite.

The devastation in News painted grim picture, but thanks to contributors like you, who make tripadvisor a more relevant platform.

Happy travels

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18. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

I think better cancel Kyoto trips. i just came back from Japan.

Kyoto was uncomfortable to travel, heavy rain and non stop the whole day. JR line was hit and miss.

Hope will help your decision.

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19. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

We just left Osaka on July 9th and everything was fine. The few days preceding there were heavy rains but everyone just went about their business with umbrellas (hotels will have plenty for you to borrow). Plus there are so many covered shopping/entertainment/eating arcades that provided shelter from the downpours.

The major disruptions were specific to travel from/to more isolated areas. Our trip from Kinosaki to Osaka experienced numerous delays with the fast trains cancelled and only local trains available. Ended up taking us 6.5 hours on 6 trains to get to Osaka via Kyoto. But everyone was unfailingly nice and helpful. Then we had to cancel our trip from Osaka to Koyasan because again trains and the cable car were suspended. A bus ride would've been an option but we have young kids and just didn't want to chance it just for one night. So just keep in mind that transportation to more remote areas may be slow for a few more days. Good luck!

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20. Re: Osaka condition after western japan flood

The rain mostly stopped from early this week in the Kansai Region. The flooding and landslides in western Japan which badly hit specific areas in the suburbs of Hiroshima City, Kurashiki City, and Uwajima City (not in the central parts of those cities and not the prefectures in their entirety), killing over 175 people, did not do any discernible damage to Kyoto City or Osaka City. As the rainy season is over, I don’t think future tourist travelers to Kyoto City, Osaka City, or Hiroshima City would have anything to worry or grumble about (apart from being hot and humid in Summer - but that’s quite normal).

There are some train services still disrupted such as the JR San’in Line between the Kansai Region and Kinosaki Onsen, and JR Takayama Line between Gifu and Inotani via Takayama and Gero; it should take some time - days if not weeks but probably not months to have trains back to normal on those lines. High-speed Shinkansen lines, including Tokaido, Sanyo, and Hokuriku Shinkansen, are running normally.

So, postponing your visits to Kyoto City, Osaka City, or Hiroshima City won’t make sense; you might visit those cities, do the things that tourists do, and perhaps donate a few coins or notes to the donation boxes for the recovery of the areas that were actually really affected (which are not Kyoto City or Osaka City).

I hope the ducks and the osansho-uo (giant salamander) are safe in Kamo River.

Edited: 1:48 am, July 12, 2018
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