Japan is generally rated among one of the safest countries in the world. Crime against foreigners is typically low, but petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching do occur. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in tourist areas and nightlife districts. Scams are also a concern, and travelers should be cautious when interacting with strangers and if using credit cards.
If you have never traveled in Japan, it’s a good idea to plan your transportation in advance. Public transportation in Japan is reliable and relatively safe. However, women who are traveling solo may face harassment on crowded train cars. Also, travelers are required to carry their passport at all times, so be sure to keep it in a secure location and keep a photocopy in your hotel safe and with a trusted contact at home.
Japan is also prone to natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons. It is important to keep track of local developments and follow all instructions issued by local authorities. You can also sign up for alerts from the Japan Meteorological Agency for updates on natural disasters.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date information on travel advisory levels and safety information for travelers to Japan.
All U.S. travelers should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service offered to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad. Enrolling in this program allows you to receive important information from the embassy and helps the embassy contact you in an emergency.