A flight information board shows the cancellation of flights at Osaka airport, western Japan. Heavy rain and crashing surf were striking western Japan as powerful Typhoon Jebi neared its Pacific coast, disrupting train service and air travel. Picture: Takumi Sato/Kyodo News via AP
A flight information board shows the cancellation of flights at Osaka airport, western Japan. Heavy rain and crashing surf were striking western Japan as powerful Typhoon Jebi neared its Pacific coast, disrupting train service and air travel. Picture: Takumi Sato/Kyodo News via AP
Pedestrians try to hold their umbrellas while struggling with strong winds in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Picture: Koji Sasahara/AP
Pedestrians try to hold their umbrellas while struggling with strong winds in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Picture: Koji Sasahara/AP
A couple watches waves hitting a coast of Shirahara town, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan. Picture: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP
A couple watches waves hitting a coast of Shirahara town, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan. Picture: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP
A woman tries to hold her umbrella while struggling with strong winds in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Picture: Koji Sasahara/AP
A woman tries to hold her umbrella while struggling with strong winds in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Picture: Koji Sasahara/AP
A woman struggles against strong wind caused by Typhoon Jebi in front of an electronic stock quotation board in Tokyo. Picture: Toru Hanai/Reuters
A woman struggles against strong wind caused by Typhoon Jebi in front of an electronic stock quotation board in Tokyo. Picture: Toru Hanai/Reuters
A man using an umbrella struggles against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Jebi, in Tokyo. Picture: Toru Hanai/Reuters
A man using an umbrella struggles against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Jebi, in Tokyo. Picture: Toru Hanai/Reuters
Boats float along with debris during Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya City. Picture: Twitter/@R10N_SR/via Reuters
Boats float along with debris during Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya City. Picture: Twitter/@R10N_SR/via Reuters

Tokyo - A powerful typhoon accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds was set to make landfall in western Japan on Tuesday as more than 500 flights and many train services were cancelled.

Weather agency officials were warning of floods, strong winds, high waves and torrential rains for large parts of the country.

Typhoon Jebi is projected to make landfall on the south-western island of Shikoku or Kii Peninsula around noon (0300 GMT), according to the Meteorological Agency.

As of 8 am (2300 GMT Monday), the eye of the storm was located some 90 kilometres south-east of Cape Ashizuri on Shikoku, travelling north-north-east at 35 kilometres per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 162 kph and gusts of 216 kph, the agency said.

Rainfall of up to 500 millimetres was forecast for the Tokai region and up to 400 millimetres for the Kinki and Kanto regions, including Tokyo, by Wednesday morning, according to the agency.

In early July, torrential rains battered western Japan, triggering landslides and floods that left 226 dead and 10 missing - the country's deadliest weather-related disaster in more than three decades.