Japan is known for its stability and security. Tokyo, its capital, was chosen in the ranking as the safest city in the world, according to the criteria of the newspaper “The Economist“. But every country has its dangerous places.
Due to its geography, a volcanic island located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area with high geological instability, and also because of its innovative and traditional culture at the same time, Japan has its dangers, both natural and man-made.
Therefore, it is easy to find some dangerous places in the country. Some of them are very famous around the world. And that's exactly what we want to talk about. For this we made this list with some dangerous places in Japan.
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Eshima Ohashi Bridge
Starting at the Bridge Eshima Ohashi, a 44 meter high bridge with a 3.5º inclination. Whoever looks at the bridge is scared, and whoever drives it even more. With a roller coaster feel, the slope of the bridge challenges the most experienced drivers.
The height of the bridge is so that ships can pass under it. Ohashi [大橋] means big bridge, and should be avoided by those with vertigo. The bridge is so eccentric that it became a tourist spot, but many climb on foot, to enjoy the view, and also to avoid the risk of driving on this immense slope.
The Eshima Ohashi bridge is a human construction, a landmark of architecture. But Japan is famous for its natural hazards. One of them is the volcanoes, Japan has many, some of them are still active. Being that it is about one of these that we will talk next.
The islands of Izu, part of a national park in the country, is an example of a dangerous place, which you should visit with caution. Formed by more than 20 islands, this archipelago is home to Mount Miyake-Jima, an active volcano that can at any time expel toxic gases.
In 1953, Mount Miyake-Jima went live and killed 31 people who were on a research vessel off its coast. Residents of nearby islands had to leave their homes due to the gas atmosphere of the volcano.
In the 2000s the volcano again released harmful gases, forcing residents to abandon their homes once again. In 2005, the government allowed the population to return to the island, as long as each person carried a gas mask 24 hours a day.
Many tourists are attracted by the natural beauty of the islands and also by the curiosity to get close to the volcano, which can release gases at any time. It is a constant danger.
Tokyo - The safest or most dangerous city?
Although The Economist's research chose Tokyo as the safest city, believe it or not, it is also the most dangerous city in the world. That's because a Swiss insurer assessed more than 600 cities in the world to analyze which ones were most at risk of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, surf, river floods and tsunami, and Tokyo ranked first.
Although Japanese cities are prepared to receive these disasters, betting on technology to predict and mitigate their risks and consequences, depending on the magnitude of the event, is not enough to protect themselves.
The 2011 earthquake that devastated the northeast of Japan shows how the resistance and recovery from very strong events is not as effective or fast. Japan, because of its location, is exposed to these types of events all the time, with the Tokyo location being one of the most susceptible to being the victim of a catastrophe.
Not to mention that Tokyo receives a huge number of foreigners from all over the world. There, you may also come across Japanese crooks or foreigners with bad intentions.
Kabukicho - Tokyo
But Tokyo also has other dangers, such as the danger inherent in big cities and their inequalities: urban violence. The region known as Kabukicho it is the most dangerous place in Tokyo and also in Japan.
Kabukicho is a red light district, close to the largest and busiest Japanese subway station, with an intense nightlife, with many bars, motels, clubs and clubs that provide escort services.
The area, 100 years ago, was a girls’ school, which was destroyed during World War II. His restoration project never got off the ground, and in the following decades it ended up being occupied by night entertainment.
The nightlife and a little outside the Japanese organization makes the region attract the practice of prostitution, which is prohibited in Japan, and members of the yakuza, the famous Japanese mafia, which runs businesses in Kabukicho.
So the place became famous for the dangers, some establishments apparently applied scams to customers, charging different prices than informed when entering, and even putting substances in drinks, so that the person would get drunk faster, spending more money.
But we can’t talk about Japan’s dangers, not to mention the Aokigahara Forest, known as the suicide forest.
Located close to Mount Fuji, this is the most bizarre and scary place in all of Japan. The forest has gained the reputation that people enter it to kill themselves, as it is a dense forest, where it is difficult to search for someone, taking a long time to locate, often without success.
Without having an official number of deaths in the forest, it is speculated that it exceeds a thousand. The number is in fact so relevant, that the Japanese authorities have placed signs with messages of encouragement and anti-suicide through the forest and it has already been the setting for several horror films, among them the most recent, of 2018, called the Maldivian Forest.
The energy that surrounds the forest is so great that the locals do not let the children get close to it, not least because, in addition to the suicides, many people have already been lost in the region, and the legends and stories that scare make the irrigations even more painful and difficult.
The forest is a sinister walk, involving danger and a climate of terror, which only Japan can offer, but for the unsuspecting or those more inclined to fear spiritual events, it is better to avoid.
Dangerous places in Japan
Despite these dangerous places, being dangerous, they still manage to attract many curious people to get to know them. Of course, Tokyo itself is not included in this. The ones I mean are those who are known exclusively for their dangerousness.
But anyway, we can’t do much. Worse are those people who practice extreme sports even though they know that life is hanging by a thread. So, visiting dangerous places like those on the list doesn’t seem like much.
But I still would not like to spend my time walking through the Aokigahara Forest. Is that you? We also recommend reading our other article that talks about Japan’s most dangerous neighborhoods.