With an extreme low crime rate, Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. Pickpockets or mugger are a rare thing and other trouble one might encounter abroad is seldom happening. However: there are dangers you might need to be prepared for, things you would not have thought of and some are just advice for the average traveller to Japan.
May it be an earthquake, a Tsunami warning, a landslide or a volcanic eruption, natural catastrophes are unpredictable and it is important to be aware of the potential of those to happen. A good way to stay informed is to download this “Safety tips” application. English support is available and with this application you will receive earthquake warnings, tsunami warnings, and other weather warning directly to your mobile device. It also has an evacuation flowchart, helpful in case of an emergency.
When travelling to foreign countries, it is always useful to check the location of your embassy, in case you need legal help or similar. Most embassies reside in the capital, Japan is no different. Here you will find a list of all embassies in Tokyo.
You can download various communication cards to help you communicate with Japanese locals, in case a language barrier might occur during emergencies. Questions, that will help in extreme situations like ” Is this an earthquake?” might be as useful as minor trouble, such as when you get lost: “What is the name of this place?” will surely help you out! Choose between six different cards for various situations, or print them out all together here: Communication cards download.
As safe as Japan might be, do not push the limits and take precaution when it comes to locking doors, keeping valuables at a safe place and do not leave bags or other belongings unattended.