Southwestern parts of Japan were bracing on Saturday for further heavy rain and high winds as Typhoon Talim moved closer to the country's main islands, having forced the evacuation of more than 200,000 people in China earlier this week.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the strongest warning of heavy rain for part of the southernmost main island of Kyushu, which was hit by a deluge in July that resulted in flooding.

Some local authorities on the island ordered residents to evacuate, and there were also flight cancellations, media reported.

At Kyushu's Miyazaki airport more rain has fallen in the last 48 hours than is typical for the whole of September, the broadcaster said.

On the smallest of Japan's four main islands Shikoku, where rainfall of 300 mm is forecast, statues were removed from their pedestals for safekeeping, media said.

Talim, a Tagalog word meaning "Cutting Edge," may make landfall on Kyushu early on Sunday and then is likely to move northeast, soaking a wide swathe of the archipelago - including the capital, Tokyo - with heavy rain.

The typhoon has weakened to tropical storm strength, according to international storm forecaster Tropical Storm