Favela in Japan – The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

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Japan is a safe country, its crime rates are generally low. However, Japan has some dangerous neighborhoods and some slums. In this article, we will talk about the 7 most dangerous neighborhoods in Japan. 

Many of the neighborhoods below are dangerous because there are many tourist attractions, street dwellers, drinkers and pachinko, foreigners, yakuza and prostitution houses.

In Japan, there are no slums like Brazil, but there are many places where people live on low incomes. There are also neighborhoods where Yakuza commands, but nothing like the favelas in Brazil. In fact, members of the yakuza they are respectful and live in the shadows.

I just want to clarify it that there is no reason to avoid the places below, the level of crime in Japan is very low. The theft rate is 1 person for every 100,000 inhabitants, while in Brazil, it is approximately 700 for every 100,000 inhabitants. There is no need to be afraid of these neighborhoods, the article only presents the neighborhoods where the most police occurrences occur.

We also made a video based on the article talking about the 7 most dangerous neighborhoods in Japan:

1. Kabukicho - Largest red light district

Kabukicho it is the largest red-light district in the world (places where there are sex shops, motels, nightclubs, and prostitution). The neighborhood is very popular with tourists and is also home to thousands of restaurants, karaoke, clubs, and bars.

Unfortunately, there are some establishments in the underworld that attract many weirdos and bandits. It is the type of neighborhood where it is common to see the riot police walking casually on the street.

Most visitors see no problem with going to the restaurants and bars in this neighborhood, but avoid living in it. Not to mention, it is opposite Shinjuku Station, one of the largest train stations in the world.

Shanty town

2. Kamagasaki - Japan's Largest Slum

Kamagasaki (or Airinchiku) is the largest slum in Japan, located in the south of Osaka. It is home to many homeless and unemployed people, who are most often addicted to drinks or pachinko.

In recent years, Kamagasaki has become popular with young foreign tourists who are attracted to cheap accommodation in the region. Osaka residents avoid the place by saying it is dangerous.

Kamagasaki has a history of major riots (protests against abuse by the police). Several organized crime groups (Yakuza) maintain their offices in this area. Kamagasaki is the type of neighborhood where the police don't spend their time giving you traffic tickets.

Shanty town

3. Roppongi, Tokyo

Roppongi is a residential neighborhood full of high-end offices located in Tokyo> The neighborhood is also a place for nightlife like Kabukicho and many other neighborhoods in Tokyo.

The USA has already issued a warning to tourists to avoid this place, but the danger is only at night in bars, clubs and nightclubs, where many are drunk. It is possible to have those perpetrated attacks and even kidnappings.

Shanty town

4. Shinsekai, Osaka

In 1912, Shinsekai was the most modern and cosmopolitan neighborhood in Japan. It was modeled after the streets of Paris and includes a large, ultra-modern amusement park (Luna Park).

Luna Park suffered a series of fires shortly after it was built and closed around 1923. The area still has a carnival atmosphere, and is one of Osaka's most popular attractions.

The neighborhood is filled with cheap restaurants, souvenir shops and pachinko rooms. Despite its popularity with tourists, some Osaka residents say it is a dangerous area.

Shanty town

5. Susukino, Sapporo

Susukino is one of Sapporo's most famous neighborhoods for its restaurants and night bars. As it is a neighborhood full of bars and nightclubs in the middle of Sapporo, it attracts bandits and strangers.

It's wonderful how Sapporo manages to be less conservative than Tokyo and other tourist cities. Walking through the streets, you will find posters in visible places inviting you to nightclubs, or women in provocative clothes as bar attendants.

Susukino is also what happens to many of Sapporo's festivals, including the Sapporo Snow Festival. There is no reason to avoid the area (in fact it is considered to be one of Sapporo's main tourist attractions). Just be aware that it is not the safest place in Japan.

Shanty town

6. Nakasu, Fukuoka

Nakasu is one of the largest entertainment areas in Japan. Like Susukino, it is a major tourist attraction, but it is not entirely safe due to the concentration of tourists and bars in the region.

Shanty town

7. Ueno, Tokyo

Ueno is home to many of Tokyo's best attractions, including dozens of museums, a large park and a zoo. The park is popular with Tokyo homeless, this can be a little dangerous. There are Yakuza groups in this neighborhood, the Japanese don't usually visit it at night.

Shanty town

Other Dangerous Neighborhoods in Japan

It is usually to be alert in any neighborhood that has a large concentration of tourists or that is a district of nightclubs, sunako, bars and hostess clubs. This care is necessary in all countries.

Not that you need to stop visiting tourist spots for this, just be more careful not to be deceived by a Japanese scammer. I have already spent money in simple neighborhoods like Akihabara and Namba because of the Japanese conversation.

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7 thoughts on “Favela no Japão – Os Bairros mais perigosos”

  1. Basicamente os bairros perigosos do Japão, são iguais aos seguros do Brasil. Kabukicho por exemplo é muito, mas muito mais tranquilo de andar do que na Augusta em São Paulo.

    Mas é como duz o ditado, não existe lugar 100% seguro (nem dentro de casa) rs

  2. Acho interessante como o texto mostra que muitas vezes os turistas não vêem problema nos bairros, mas os japoneses vêem, isso mostra que estamos tão acostumados com a violência em nossos países que o que para nós é normal para eles é violento.

  3. Morei por 2 anos em Shinjuku 6 cho-me, ao lado de kabuki-cho. Mas nunca vi nada demais lá, as vezes ouvia umas sirenes de ambulância e alguns bêbados perdidos!
    Roppongi via muita briga, ueno muito homeless e shinsekai era apenas uma rua muito movimentada com muitas lojas!

    • pode apostar que se vc deixar seu carro com a chave na ignição em qualquer um desses bairros, vc tem a chanche minima dele ser roubado, mas nunca, jamais deixe seu passaporte a mostra… vai perder rapidinho

    • não sabia que existiam lugares assim no japão.obrigado kevin pelo artigo, pois num futuro próximo desejo conhecer este país in loco!