Is Japan a Safe or Dangerous Country?Japan is a safe country. It is ranked 26th on the ranking of world’s safest countries. SafeAround advises you to follow normal safety precautions. However, Japan has a few troubled districts. Japan’s unsafe neighborhoods may be divided into two categories: red-light neighborhood and slums. Slums are definitely best to avoid. Red-light districts are frequent and basic precautions can decrease the threat of being pickpocketed or scammed to almost zero. The following neighbourhoods, according to our research have a poor reputation:
Kabukicho, TokyoKabukicho is the biggest red-light district on earth. It hosts hundreds of cafes, bars, karaoke clubs and other unordinary places. Moreover, it’s the shelter for illegal institutions that attract freaks and criminals. This is the sort of neighborhood where it’s not unexpected to see police in a full uniform walking along the street. Generally, locals don’t shy to go to places in this area. Although they’d prefer to live somewhere else, preferably far away from this neighborhood
Kamagasaki, OsakaThis is the most famous Japanese slum. Large number of houseless and day labors who have no regular address live in this area. Recently, Kamagasaki became popular among young travelers. First of all, because of the reasonable pricing for an accommodation. Locals suppose it as an unsafe place and even affirm that it’s dangerous, mainly because local criminal groups maintain offices in this area. So, SafeAround recommend refraining from visiting this neighborhood.
Roppongi, TokyoRoppongi is mainly office district in Tokyo that’s host a nasty nightlife spaces. Night clubs in this area have a bad reputation, that’s unordinary for Japan. Neighbourhood is pretty safe during the daylight. Tokyoites don’t avoid this area, as it has many attractions like Roppongi hills. Visiting clubs or restaurants in this area be cautious about your alcoholic beverages as drink-spiking is very common. SafeAround recommends you to avoid from visiting such kind of places alone.
Shinsekai, OsakaThe area known for its carnival-like ambience. The most visited attraction in Osaka. There are numerous adorable and cheap cafes and souvenir shops. Moreover, in this area numerous pachinko parlors are concentrated. SafeAround advises to follow common sense and keep an eye on your belongings as an area famous for its high cluster of pickpockets.
Ueno, TokyoUeno is a shelter of Tokyo’s best tourist destinations. Among them numerous museums, zoo and huge park. Unfortunately, park is a dwelling for Tokyo’s homeless inhabitants and the area around is a little grubby. Undoubtedly, there’s criminal element in Ueno. SafeAround recommends avoiding wandering at night, in order to avoid possible harassments and assaults.
FukushimaThere is no radiation threat at that moment in Japan. However, we advise not to travel in Area 1,2 and 3 near the Fukushima power station, because of the accident which took place in 2011 after the tsunami and possible radiation contamination in the nearby areas. Be especially cautious for bag and phone thieves at transport hubs like train stations, airports, restaurants, outdoor cafes, and on public transport. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, especially your passport. Bag snatching and pickpocketing, are the most common offence around tourist areas and on public transport.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Japan is a very safe country. It is ranked 26 out of 162 of the safest and most dangerous cities. However, look out for your belongings all the time.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
As a top tourist destination with more than 25 mln. tourists annually, not surprisingly that pick-pocketing is common in Japan, but in comparison with other cities, it’s no that common.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Japan is a country where you are not likely to be kidnapped or mugged. Anyway, we recommend you not to accept drinks from strangers and avoid street touts, that are common in some neighborhoods.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
We highly advise avoiding carrying big amounts of cash to any public places. There are known reports of fraudulent credit card charges in the neighborhoods of Roppongi and Kabuki-Cho in Tokyo, thus don’t allow waiters or vendors make any transactions with your credit card on their own, as they can copy the credit card information. Keep an eye on your credit card all the time, while paying at restaurant, shop and especially in the bars.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Pickpockets operate in transit & public transport. During rush hours, women should note that gropers do hunt crowded trains. However, they usually look for local women (presumably they are less likely to make a scene). Luckily, many trains heading to the suburbs have women-only cars.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Japan natural disaster risks may outweigh the calm criminal situation. Numerous acts of god possible on the territory of the country. Most common are earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activity. SafeAround recommends following the information regularly provided by The Japan Meteorological Agency.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Though the threat from terrorism is low in Japan. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Japan is generally very safe for women travellers.