Japan is generally rated as 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 travellers should be cautious when interacting with strangers and if using credit cards.
If you have never travelled 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 travelling solo may face harassment on crowded train cars. Also, travellers 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 Government of Canada website for up-to-date information on travel advisory levels and safety information for travellers to Japan.
All Canadian travellers should enroll in the Registration of Canadians Abroad program, a free service offered to Canadian citizens travelling and living abroad. Enrolling in this program allows you to receive important information from the Government of Canada and helps them contact you in an emergency.