Japan’s 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, drink addicts and pachinko, foreigners, yakuza and prostitution houses.

In Japan there are no slums like those in 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 the yakuza members are respectful and live in the shadows.

I just want to make it clear that there are no reason to avoid the locations below, the level of crime in Japan is very low. The theft rate is 1 person per 100,000 inhabitants while in Brazil it is approximately 700 per 100,000 inhabitants. It is not necessary to be afraid of these neighborhoods, the article only presents the neighborhoods where more police occurrences take place.

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

1. Kabukicho – Largest District of Red Light

Kabukicho is the largest red light district in the world (places where it has sexshop, 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 underworld establishments that attract weirdos and mass bandits. It’s the kind of neighborhood where it’s common to see riot police walking casually on the street.

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


2. Kamagasaki – Japan’s largest Slum

Kamagasaki (or Airinchiku) is the largest slum in Japan, located in southern Osaka. It is home to a large number of homeless and unemployed, 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’s dangerous.

Kamagasaki has a history of major riots (protests against mistreatment by the police). Several organized crime groups (Yakuza) hold their offices in this area. Kamagasaki is the kind of neighborhood where police don’t spend their time giving traffic tickets.


3. Roppongi, Tokyo

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

The U.S. has already issued alert to tourists to avoid this place, but the danger is only night in bars, clubs and nightclubs, where many are drunk. It is possible to happen those attacks of perverts and even kidnappings.


4. Shinsekai, Osaka

In 1912, Shinsekai was the most modern and cosmopolitan neighborhood in Japan. It has been modeled as the streets of Paris and includes a large ultramodern 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’s a dangerous area.


5. Susukino, Sapporo

Susukino is one of Sapporo’s most famous neighborhoods for its evening restaurants and bars. Being a neighborhood full of bars and nightclubs in the middle of Sapporo, it attracts bandits and strange people.

It’s amazing how Sapporo manages to be less conservative than Tokyo and other tourist towns. Walking the streets you find posters in visible places inviting to nightclubs, or women with provocative clothes as bar attendants.

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


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 by the concentration of tourists and bars in the region.


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 street dwellers, this can be a bit dangerous. There are Yakuza groups in this neighborhood, the Japanese don’t usually visit him at night.


Other Dangerous Neighborhoods of 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 sights for this, just be more careful not to be fooled by a Japanese scammer. I myself have turret money in simple neighborhoods like Akihabara and Namba because of the talk of Japanese.

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