11 Places to Avoid in Japan

We all know that Japan has beautiful scenic landscapes that attract a large number of tourists from all over the world.

Yes, this country is considered safe and ideal for tourists, but no country is entirely danger-free.

And due to some of those unknown facts, sometimes our travel expectations cannot match reality.

Maybe you want to visit some must-see places in Japan but end up experiencing something that can ruin your whole trip.

So, if you are looking to skip those unsafe places or tourist traps, you are exactly at the right place.

This time, I am here with all of you to share my ideas about the places to avoid in Japan or where not to go in Japan.

Most Dangerous Places in japan: Stay Alert!

When Japan has numerous places for its visitors, there are also some places that can be dangerous for tourists.

You should avoid those spots to keep your trip pleasant, safe, and danger-free.

Therefore, without any further delay, let’s know what to avoid in Japan.

1. Kabukicho, Tokyo

You may not ever think that the world-renowned Japanese capital, Tokyo, could have any places to avoid.

But the harsh truth is that places to avoid in Tokyo really exist!

Kabukicho in Tokyo is not only the largest red-light district in the country, but also it is the biggest in the world.

Thousands of restaurants, karaoke, clubs, etc., are found in this place. Anyway, at the same time, It is also home to a wide variety of underworld establishments that attract weirdos and mobsters.

So, it is not surprising to see riot police walking casually down the street of this Tokyo’s neighborhood.

You might want to visit Kabukicho for a particular restaurant as it is safe enough, but you should definitely avoid boosters or promoters who are trying to involve tourists in their businesses.

In addition to that, host and hostess clubs are risky in particular. You will likely find you have racked up a huge bill when leaving.

So, you should definitely be aware of this place while visiting Japan. Try not to go to this spot even for delicious foods with your partner, spouse, or child.

2. Kamagasaki, Osaka

Kamagasaki, which is also known as Airinchiku, is the largest slum in Japan.

A large number of homeless and day laborers who have no permanent address live in flophouses in the area.

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In recent years, the cheap accommodation of this area has attracted many foreign tourists on a shoestring budget.

You may think that the slum-like area is the only reason why I am telling you to avoid this area.

Well, this is not the truth, actually.

You should be aware before going there that this place is known for organized crime.

What is worse is that this area is even under the control of those notorious organized crime groups.

Moreover, Kamagasaki has a history of large riots to protest against mistreatment by the police.

It is the type of neighborhood where the police don’t seem to bother giving parking tickets or enforcing minor crimes.

Hence, there is the least possibility that you will get the help of the police in case of any danger.

Even the Osaka locals always try to avoid this place.

Hence, no matter how cheap this area is, you must keep your distance from this place to avoid unnecessary hassle.

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3. Roppongi, Tokyo

While talking about dangerous places in Japan, I had to include another place in Tokyo, which is Roppongi.

While being an upscale residential and office district of Tokyo, Roppongi is also home to an infamous nightlife area.

Roppongi is safe enough in the afternoon, but if you decide to visit this place at night, you need to stay alert.

In the evening, there are touts everywhere that can harass you to follow them. But don’t make a mistake by following a tout in Roppongi — you may end up robbed, assaulted, or even kidnapped.

Several years ago, the US Embassy even issued a travel warning for Roppongi.

Surprisingly, the locals don’t seem to avoid this area as it has many popular attractions such as Roppongi Hills.

Still, it is not a good place to go wild, especially for tourists.

4. Shinsekai, Osaka

The crime rate in Shinsekai is quite higher than in most of Japan.

4 - Osaka Shinsekai at Night

However, if I compare, the levels of organized crime are lower today than in the 1990s.

When Shinsekai is mostly neglected nowadays, it started with high ambitions when designed in 1912.

This neighborhood was the most modern and cosmopolitan area in Japan. It was planned after the streets of Paris and included a sizeable ultra-modern amusement park called Luna Park.

But unfortunately, Luna Park underwent a series of suspicious fire incidents soon after it was built. As a result, it closed way back in 1923.

Today, you will still find a festive atmosphere in this area.

Being one of Osaka’s most famous attractions, it is filled with delightful and inexpensive restaurants, souvenir shops, and pachinko parlors.

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Despite all of these, some residents swear it is a dangerous area. Most of the Osaka residents tend to stay away from Shinsekai.

Hence I suggest you keep your wits about you if you desire to explore this area out of curiosity even after knowing about the risk.

However, once again, let me remind you that it is one of the places to avoid in Osaka.

5. Susukino, Sapporo

Well, you might have heard or even enjoyed the world-renowned Sapporo Snow Festival. Right?

Then you must know that this famous festival takes place here every winter.

But how come it can be listed on places to avoid in Japan!

Well, don’t worry and hear me out. Okay?

I won’t say that you need to avoid this place totally, but at least you need to stay alert while visiting this neighborhood.

Why, right?

Well, nowadays, it is the second-largest red-light district in Japan. And like any other red-light district, it also attracts gangsters and dangerous people of many types.

So, be aware that it will not be the safest place in Japan.

I thought I should make you alert, and that’s the reason why I included it on my list.

6. Nakasu, Fukuoka

Like Susukino, Nakasu is one of the significant entertainment districts in Japan.

It is a significant tourist attraction, but I won’t deny that it does have a slightly rough edge.

Altogether, Nakasu may not be one of the worst places to visit in Japan, but this mention is to suggest you be careful.

7. Ueno, Tokyo

You will find some of Tokyo’s best attractions in Ueno, such as dozens of museums, a large pleasant park, and a zoo.

But why do I still suggest you avoid this place?

Well, have patience, you will know in a short time.

At first, let me inform you that Ueno is okay during the day, but this is a place to avoid at night.

Many homeless people tend to sleep in the park at night, and the surrounding area becomes a less pleasant place to visit after around 9:00 pm.

On top of that, as the nightlife here is minimal, you will find not much reason to spend time here after the closing of places like museums and the zoo.

So, be sure to complete your trip to this area in the daytime to avoid an unpleasant atmosphere.

By this time, I have described the main places in Japan to avoid for safety issues.

However, you may also like to avoid tourist traps to have a more authentic experience.

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Tourist Traps in Japan

Now I am going to mention those specific tourist spots that you should avoid to make your journey joyful and hassle-free.

8. Tokyo Disneyland

With its immaculate customer service and dream-like atmosphere, Disneyland seems like a great tourist spot for foreigners visiting Tokyo.

However, the reality is that the crowds here are enough to drive even the craziest Disney fan away.

You may love the amazing 20 minutes on the rides, but you would definitely dislike the 4 hours waiting in lines for that.

Another horrible thing people complain about is the long waiting time just to buy popcorn.

When Tokyo Disneyland has a bad reputation amongst foreign tourists, Tokyo DisneySea is totally the opposite.

So, you can consider visiting the awesome DisneySea with your family and friends instead of Disneyland.

9. Sapporo Clock Tower

Many foreign tourists described Sapporo clock Tower as ‘a boring rip-off’.

If you ask for my opinion, I will say yes; it really seems a tourist trap to me.

I suggest you only take a picture on the outside platform but not go inside. There is nothing particular that you would love to explore, I think.

You may not believe it, but I really heard some people laughing at even the term clock tower due to its short stature.

10. Robot Restaurant

Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant earned its fame by capitalizing on Japan’s reputation for the loony and weird.

As a result, it is really a fun show but also very gimmicky at the same time and not to mention expensive.

An obvious sign of a tourist trap is the audience is mostly composed of tourists.

And you will definitely find it here, along with an overpriced bento box.

11. Ryogoku Kokugikan

Ryogoku Kokugikan is Tokyo’s Primary sumo hall.

Sumo wrestling in Japan is not actually as cool as you think.

Nowadays, the only people who go to watch sumo matches are the elderly and the tourists.

So, prepare yourself for a disappointing and dull atmosphere if you go there.

Personally, I couldn’t like their huge unhealthy appearance and the dress-up either.

I think it is something that doesn’t go perfectly with this modern era.

But still, if you are into professional sumo wrestling, it is something you can find only in Japan—so don’t remove it off your list just yet.

I have almost reached the edge of my writing. There is nothing more to inform you. Let’s conclude it here.

Conclusion

Well, after knowing about the places to avoid in Japan, I hope your trip to Japan will be a perfect one with great excitement and thrill.

Thanks for being with me till now.