Japan is often described as the safest country in the world, with low crime rate statistics to support such claims. That said, like anywhere across the world, it never hurts to exercise customary caution during your visit. Non-human hazards can include earthquakes, tidal waves and wild beasts. Any visitor staying in Japan for a length of time is likely to experience at least a mild seismic tremble. The key is to not be alarmed, take cover under a table or something solid and, when the shaking ceases, calmly exit the building. For serious quakes, television, radio and electronic devices should provide any necessary information in English. Be aware that, in the occurrence of an earthquake, the majority of injuries are caused by fires or tsunami that might subsequently occur, rather than people being hurt by falling objects. If necessary, follow any locals towards the designated evacuation area. There are also weather-related hazards to be wary of. Typhoon season (typically at its height from May to October) can cause flash floods and mudslides, and disrupt travel plans. Again, up-to-date weather information can accurately inform you of the path of any typhoons, so you can plan accordingly. There are many wild animals in Japan, so if you’re venturing into the mountains, be wary of snakes and bears. Follow the guidance of locals, keep to the major paths, and take necessary precautions, such as carrying a small bell to deter any inquisitive bears in the vicinity.