Police, firefighters and military personnel resumed rescue operations on Tuesday (July 6), after they were suspended for the night on Monday (July 5).
The operation heavily depends on rescuers working with their hands. The use of heavy machinery has been deemed too dangerous for any survivors who may be alive under the mud.
Atami, with a population of 36,000, is 90 km (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo and famous for its hot springs resort. The landslides are a reminder of the natural disasters - including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunami - that afflict Japan, where the capital Tokyo is to host the Summer Olympics starting July 23.