Japan Warnings and Dangers

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Japan Warnings and Dangers

  • People to Avoid

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    With very few exceptions, if women use common sense they will be safe in Tokyo. Much safer than any US city. Don't walk down dark alleys alone at night, etc. Use a buddy system if you are drinking. If you get "molested" (butt grabbed) on a train make a scene in any language. The grabber will be embarrassed by the attention. In the last month the...

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  • Scams

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    At 650 yen a pop most people bought two or three of these "Johnny Jumpers". Hey, that seems like a bargain to the duped customers handing over the Yen. A couple of thousand Yen and they're already anticipating the laughs they'll get from the guys in the office (especially when their co-workers see them scratching their head in disbelief when the...

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  • traffic / getting lost

    Osaka Warnings and Dangers

    Umeda Station's underground maze is extremely confusing. It took me a few visits before I could navigate without running in circles. The trick is to follow the signs very carefully, and try to draw a map in your head with some unique landmarks (e.g. station exits, which are numbered). When meeting people, plan ahead and give yourself some buffer...

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  • Credit Card Fraud

    Nagoya Warnings and Dangers

    Be very careful where you use your credit card. ATMs without surveillance are often targetted by fraudsters who upload information in order to create duplicate cards. Unfortunately, Nagoya seems to be a hotspot for this. In my case, I was paying for a hotel bill using this vending machine located in the foyer of my room. Two days after I used...

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  • Drinking

    Sapporo Warnings and Dangers

    If you're out having a few drinks when in Japan, be very careful about mixing sake with western-style spirits, eg cognac or whiskey; the mix of the two can be pretty lethal - Dangerously so! Sake, followed by beer seems to be fine - depending on the amount partaken of course! Just avoid spirits after sake...

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  • Himeji Castle Renovation -Completed

    Himeji Warnings and Dangers

    Himeji castle will be under renovation until march 2015.: Update: Renovation is appearently finished now. to late for me :-( , have to go there again. But look at the waiting times at the ticket counter (web page below)!

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  • Zoos

    Kanazawa Warnings and Dangers

    Yes it’s true, there is a zoo near Kanazawa, but it’s a bit far from the city center and really not worth it. Honestly, I really hate zoos cause the animals are usually miserable and this is no exception here. Yeah, the zoo is new and much bigger than their previous effort (that is extremely sad) but it’s still just a tragic experience. All in all,...

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  • Taking Photos of Skyscrapers

    Shinjuku Warnings and Dangers

    Walking at Kabukicho Street at night is no doubt the #1 riskiest things to do in Shinjuku. Then what is #2? Probably taking the photos of skyscrapers. When you take photos of Skyscrapers from the ground it is really hard to get the nice photos and the best place is often at the edge of the sidewalk, far end of the pedestrians' bridge or right in...

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  • Birds of Prey

    Kamakura Warnings and Dangers

    I was walking down the shoreline in Kamakura one late afternoon. Sand felt nice under my feet, the ocean was not to cold. I was munching away on an icecream. Then it happened. Something hit the back of my head. I ducked as a reflex. Then somebody snatched the icecream from mmy hands. Confused I looked up. There was nobody but me on the beach. What...

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  • Cash / Money

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    A reminder! not all ATM machines in Japan in general and tokyo in particular, accept ATM cards from International Consortiums like Cirrus, Maestro, Discover, Plus, etc. Only the ATM Machines in select 7-11 convenience stores and in airports and major subway and train stations accept the international atm cards with a 400 yen surcharge per...

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  • Street Safety and Cautions

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    As stated before, Japanese bike riders and pedestrains do get a little close to you when you transerse their sidewalks. What I find is that they are really just trying to second guess where you'll be when they intersect you. So pick a line of walking or a path if you will, and stick to it. If you stay on coarse, it doesn't matter whether they are...

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  • money

    Osaka Warnings and Dangers

    Japan is expensive- bring enough money! The cheapest accomodation you will likely find will be about \4000 pp as there are not many youth hostels and when there are they are not often close, convenient or friendly! Eating out at cheap restaurants such as noodle houses or okonomiyaki is usually as cheap as trying to buy food to cook. The rice,...

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  • Misleading Maps

    Sapporo Warnings and Dangers

    If you obtained a copy of Sapporo city map from the tourist office and trying to nagviate your way to Ramen Alley, be aware - where the word "Ramen Alley" is written is not the actual location, there is a tiny line point to the actual location. We spend almost an hour trying to find out where is the Ramen Alley - It is call Ramen Yokocho in...

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  • Himeji Castle

    Himeji Warnings and Dangers

    Yes, this is either a good advice or not-so-good situation to any tourist. Himeji Castle is just a castle, but it is a castle in its own right. There are so much to see and explore. You will spend so much time going around depending on your curiosity and interest. Prepare yourself for a minimum of an hour and a half to complete your tour. You need...

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  • No Smoking

    Kanazawa Warnings and Dangers

    Around many tourist spots in Kanazawa, you would find signboards advising us to be responsible smokers or not to smoke. As some of these districts (Teramachi temple, Higashi and Nishi chaya district) contain many wooden structures, we would not want to start mini bonfires with stray stubs. Even if you don't smoke, go read the signs. Some are...

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  • Vagrants and Illegal Workers

    Shinjuku Warnings and Dangers

    A Japanese chappie told my hubby that he wouldn't go to Shinjuku as the place was crawling with.... 1) Illegal Chinese, African and Middle Eastern workers 2)pickpockets 3) sleazy prostitutes 4) God knows what a fuddy duddy can think of... ..Well, that chap is more than 60 years old so you can figure out whether I took his advice. Nothing...

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  • Tsunami (Tidal Waves)

    Kamakura Warnings and Dangers

    Most of the coastal areas of Kamakura city is under-10-meter in elevation with the risk of tsunami or tidal wave when the mega quake with M8-9 occur. It is said the tsunami during late 15th century might have reached Kotoku-in temple and damaged the temple buildings (though that of Buddha Hall being questionable). The elevation of Kotoku-in temple...

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  • Night Out

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    I made a friend on a social network who lived in Fukushima. She had a little store called Heart Farm, and promised me that if I went there she would offer me a job with visa, and that she really wanted to meet me. Well, I saved money for a whole year, sold several things I had and went to Tokyo first. I told my parents and friends in Mexico and...

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  • Child Safety and Cautions

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    Some shops close to the Heian Temple (left side of the temple) sells x-rated stuff. Also, most of the Seven Eleven stores all over Japan sell Adult x-rated magazines without covers. I saw some x-rated t-shirts for sale close to the temple with the "F" word on it and with cartoons depicting x-rated stuff. There's a picture sample in here and I...

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  • Touts

    Sapporo Warnings and Dangers

    Please be careful. If you are a man, may be you will experience tout which is like a persistent saleman. If you follow him and go to his bar, you will have to pay too expensive payment. Which is called in Japanese 'PONBIKI!.

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  • Slipperiness

    Kanazawa Warnings and Dangers

    I don't know why Kanazawa's streets should feel so unsafe but they do. Even in sensible Berghaus walking shoes I nearly slipped over on countless occasions, and it wasn't pouring with rain, just drizzling and damp under foot.

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  • Subway Stations

    Shinjuku Warnings and Dangers

    The Shinjuku and Tokyo sub-way stations are the 2 main sub-way stations in Tokyo city with many lines running in different directions and these station are really very huge so you have to be very careful not to ge lost. Look at the English signages and maps careful to find your way around. Ask the locals if you have to, just tell them the place you...

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  • Traffic / Transportation

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    I guess the first warning sign should have been the uniformed workers with the white gloves, not only are they there to keep order but on occasion their services are required to forcibly stuff more people into an already overflowing car. At 8:30am at the Ueno station, the lines were 50-60 people deep at each car. The trains arrive stuffed with...

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  • Weather

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    May is lovely with spring blossoms and blue skies most of the time. October and November have the cool autumn air and red maple leaves. That aside, here are the seasons to avoid: June is the rainy season and while it can be pleasant for the first week or so, the rain and humidity arrive one day and then it's very oppressive. Even if it's not...

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  • Public Peace

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    Tokyo has one of the lowest crime rates of any large city in the world. I have never felt unsafe, even wandering alone at night in some of the seedier sections. In fact, Tokyo is so safe that it is common to see young Japanese school children riding the trains home alone at night -- there's no reason to worry about their safety. Despite the fact...

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  • Law / Rule

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    You need to check carefully any over-the-counter medicines which maybe commonly used in the U.S. or other countries, into Japan. Some of these you might not think twice about but they are not all allowed and Japanese customs can be very strict about this. Most doctors in Japan however can prescribe something similar to any you find banned to get...

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  • Nature / Weather

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    How exciting Tokyo might be, the biggest metropolis in the world is indeed clean but if you look at what's in the air this does not apply. Admitedly, it is not as bad as in Mexico City or Cairo, but smog is an issue in Tokyo. This probably annoys asthmatic as much as it annoys tourists, because only in winter when the air clears up Mt. Fuji is...

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  • Equipments / Products

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    EVERYTHING in modern Japanese apartments is high tech. You use a keycard to get in, but the real innovation is the bathroom. I had to turn the faucet on by hand but everything else seems to work remotely. As you approach the toilet, the lid automatically raises. It flushes itself when you're done, and if you're of a mood to use it as a...

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  • Communication

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    You may be tempted to buy a Japanese T-Shirt because it might look cool to walk around with flashy kanji or hiragana on your body -- you'll look worldy and sophisticated, after all. If you think that, just remember you could be wearing something you don't understand (just like all the Tokyoites with their Englis-language shirts, which is another...

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  • Local Customs

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    There is an element of flirting with danger when eating this fish. The fugue fish is highly poisonous and a few people have been known to have died eating it. In Japan, only a few selected establishments with a fully trained chef are allowed to serve this fugue fish. The poison cut out from parts of the fish is then kept under lock and key, until...

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  • AirBNB and Travel Insurance

    AirBNB is taking some of the world by storm, and in other places, a little forcefully. Japan is a great country full of interesting rules and regulations, some of which don't get followed too closely. One of the areas where regulation counts is in the tourist area and hotels. There is a hotel law and requirements for renting rooms to people, and as...

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  • Crime

    I been told that the major crime problem is the theft of umbrellas. And from what I seen and noticed this seems true if you don't venture into the more adventures parts of town where you see yakuza types standing in the light crossings after dark.The yakuza problem you can hardly do anything about but you can safeguard your umbrella in the umbrella...

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  • You need a bicycle light if you ride at...

    In Japan, if the police catch you they'll pullyou over for not having a bicycle light on yourbicycle if you're riding it at night.It's the law so you can even get a ticket if you don't have one.If you want to save money in the long termI recommend that you buy an LED (light emiting diodes) bicycle light and rechargeable batteries. LED's use just a...

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  • Be Watchful. You Drive Your Own Issues

    Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).#5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip.#6. Practice...

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  • Earthquakes

    Japan is one of the unlucky countries to suffer from earthquakes. If you are staying in a hotel there is always a survival plan somewhere in your room. Read it and hope you don´t have to use it....If you would like to read some warnings before going take a look at the website. It is an earthquake survival guide by the Tokyo Metroplitan Government

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  • Tsunami Alert

    In Japan, Meteological Agency takes care of Earthquakes, Volcano warnings and latest informations. While the tsunami alert is being issued, get away from coast and avoid riverbank and evacuate when necessary.For details of Tsunami alert. See the pages below.http://www.jma.go.jp/en/tsunami/

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  • Take the Train!

    Taxi fares out of NRT are extremely expensive. Take the train! I visited four Hard Rock Cafes by train, going as far south as Yokohama, all within 10 hours. Do some homework before you go and know what your're doing. Trains run quite often and are reliable.

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  • Driving in small streets, driving in...

    The streets in Ibaraki, Japan are very tiny and very small. If you are driving over there, make sure to look at all times on those circular mirrors that are placed on the streets especially on those corners.The Japanese drivers drive fast even if the roads are small because they are used to this culture. They know how to manuever their small cars...

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  • Please be careful with what...

    Please be careful with what you bring INTO Japan. I was datained and questioned for having 'smuggled' an economy pack of Sudafed with me (and I explained that I regularly take Sudafed, a common decongestant in the US, to help open my sinuses in the course of air travel). This was all to no avail (Sudafed I learned is strictly forbidden in Japan and...

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  • some pi$$'in in the street!

    For all its social rules and refinement, there is still some lacking "qualities" one might encounter in Japan. Like most places in Asia, public urination is an all too common sight here. Of course, one would expect that in any country to some degree, especially in the bar sections of the city. however, in Japan you can expect to see it in the...

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  • Geishas

    I went to the area that was known for Geishas and felt unsafe. This was the only part of the city where I felt unwelcome and made sure that I left before the sun went down! This area has signs posted for women for "rent" and is overall not a good area of Kyoto.

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  • Get Your Kids Back!

    Japan is a very crowded place, so if you have inquisitive (and fast moving) children as I do, you need to watch out! For peace of mind, I had the adresses of the places we were staying printed up in Japanese and laminated. At each destination I would pin our current adress to the back of the baby's jacket...just in case! Some of our hosts thought...

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  • Woman Alone in Japan

    I travelled alone to Japan for 2 weeks last year. When i was in Tokyo, i stayed in Asakusa area, and i felt very safe!! and Tokyo is really safe. Train was alright too. However i Didn't feel safe in Osaka, and Osaka is the only place i met weird people, and There is seperate cabin for women only in the Osaka Train. I didn't see train like tat in...

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  • There's no avoiding the Kitty!

    Those people unenamoured with Hello Kitty will find no escape in Japan. Every region even has its own regional Hello Kitty souvenirs!

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  • SERVICE CHARGE!!

    I only experienced this once and it was because the two guys I was with wanted a "change of scenery" we ended up in a darts bar just to the right of the big screen in Shibuya. I'd read about it before and hadn't ever in the whole 2 weeks had any extra charges but I knew something was up when the "Complementary" popcorn and warm towels arrived.Only...

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