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Dangers & Annoyances

The biggest threat to travellers is Japan's general aura of safety. It's wise to keep up the same level of caution and common sense that you would back home.

  • In certain nightlife districts with underground sex and/or drug industries, travellers may be harassed or solicited. These include Roppongi and Kabukichō (Tokyo), Susukino (Sapporo) and Nakasu (Fukuoka).
  • Avoid touts or anyone who offers to 'help' you in such neighbourhoods, as the end result may be extortion.
  • In the event of a non-emergency situation, in which you would like to consult with the police, call 9110.

Government Travel Advice

The following government websites offer travel advisories and information on current hot spots.