Health and Safety
Japan is widely considered one of the safest countries in the world and has an extremely low crime rate. The most serious crimes that you are likely to experience are theft and pickpocketing, so make sure to be careful in crowded areas and leave some of your valuables and money in an in-room safe or the classic locker in your hostel.
Despite its party image particularly in areas of Tokyo like Roppongi, drugs are illegal in Japan and penalties range from a fine and deportation to arrest and imprisonment.
General vaccinations recommended for all travelers to Japan include diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.
Dengue fever exists in Japan and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten. These include using insect repellent, avoiding going out at dusk, and covering up using long sleeved clothes at night. There is no vaccination or treatment as such for dengue fever.
There is no malaria in Japan.
Medical care in Japan is of an excellent standard although it is expensive so you should make sure to get comprehensive travel insurance before you travel. For some more general information, you can visit our page about health precautions.