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.


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Japan – 100 Hidden Towns is a travel guidebook to Japan off-the-beaten-track – the lesser known towns, where quiet, bucolic ways of life, and proudly maintained local history and traditions can be found. 100 towns, selected from all of the country’s 47 prefectures, are reviewed with a focus on nature, culture, food, access, and key dates – each illustrated with colourful photographs. Information on each of Japan’s eight regions and their major tourist attractions, general advice for travellers, and listings of useful phrases are also provided, helping visitors to maximise the enjoyment of their travels. Over 400 pages of colour photographs and useful information.

ISBN : 9784905527497