Even in its major cities Japan is a very safe country, with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. You should, however, keep an eye out for pickpockets and avoid unlighted roads at night like anywhere else.

The greatest danger is being caught in an earthquake and its resulting tsunami. Earthquake information is broadcast (in Japanese) within minutes, and during major disasters national broadcaster N.H.K. sends information in English over radio and television. Minor tremors occur every month, and sometimes train service is temporarily halted. Check emergency routes at hotels and higher ground if staying near coastal areas.

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