Generally, Japan is very safe place to visit. Below, we've detailed everything you need to know about safety in Japan, from the coronavirus to why it's a great destination for solo travelers.
Like most places around the world, Japan has cases of coronavirus. So, when will Japan be safe for travel?
Here's the latest:
Neither vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers are permitted to travel to Japan for tourism at this time.
Read on for more about staying safe in Japan—in normal circumstances:
According to the 2019 Global Peace Index, Japan is the 9th most peaceful country in the world. (The report makes its determination based on factors like crime rate, poverty, conflict, and incarceration, among others.)
As such, Japan is ahead of countries like Switzerland, Ireland, and Finland!
Since the #MeToo movement made its way to Japan, cabinet ministers have called for laws to make acts that were once frowned upon—such as groping or harassing—criminal and illegal.
Since a 2011 tsunami destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power station, Japan has entirely contained the contaminated area and has removed the radioactive debris with record speed.
While there’s always a risk of earthquakes in Japan, it’s no larger than the risk in San Francisco. Additionally, locals tell us that Japan takes natural disaster preparation very seriously. Our trip planners gave us these earthquake tips:
If this is a concern, you can always get a local perspective. Locals can answer any questions you have about natural disasters in Japan.
While some people claim Tokyo is polluted, that’s simply not true. Tokyo is right on track with an average Air Quality Index, or AQI, of 43.18. LA, on the other hand, suffers from a dangerously high AQI of 60.51—almost a full third higher.
Because of concerns over coronavirus, the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. While they'll still be called Tokyo 2020, the games will take place from July 23, 2021 to August 8th, 2021.
Feel free to send any and all Olympics questions to a local in Japan—they'll help you decide where to stay in Tokyo, what to eat, and which activities to prioritize.
You can also check out out our comprehensive guide to the Tokyo Olympics.
Be prepared! Locals say these are good numbers to know: