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Japan Travel Scams and Dangers

Japan Travel Scams and Dangers

Japan Travel Scams and Dangers
Post Last Modified – May 29, 2024 ¦

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Japan Travel Scams and Dangers To Be Aware Of

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world to live in
and visit, but despite this reputation, there will always be exceptions to the rule.

When it comes to Japan, there are scammers who will try to trick foreigners into giving up
their cash. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more popular …

🌺 Japan Travel Scams and Dangers 🌺

that first time visitors should be aware of.

You can avoid being a victim of such scams by becoming familiar with some of the most common
ones used in Japan.

The Monk Scam

Japan Travel Scams and Dangers #1

Buddhist Monk

A person dressed as a 👨 Buddhist monk approaches you and offers a small bracelet or picture
of a Buddhism religious site.

Then they tell you that they need donations for their religious 🛕 temple.It’s when you decide
for example, to give a small donation of 💴 100 yen for the gift.

This is when they will then show you a fake donations 📖 book to sign. This fake book shows
where most people have contributed tens of thousands of yens.

This will pressure you into offering more money for no real reason. Don’t do it!

Help Disaster Victims Scam

Japan Travel Scams and Dangers #2

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Another fairly popular tourist scam is known as the Disaster Relief con. 

In this scam, you get approached by middle-aged women who appear pretty serious and harmless.
They speak understandable English and are holding official-looking papers related to disaster
relief donations.

They will tell you that recently a disaster happened somewhere in Japan and ask you to donate
money to help the victims. These ladies mostly target foreigners, as they usually know very
little about Japan and its culture.

To avoid this scam, just don’t speak to them or don’t believe everything they tell you.
Simply tell them you donate to the ❌ Red Cross, ❌ or some other well known world organization.

The So-Called Ore-Ore Fraud

Japan Travel Scams and Dangers #3

 Japan Ore-Ore Fraud

This scam is made to target older people with far-flung relatives.

In this intricate con, a scammer calls ☎ phone numbers until they find a suitable victim
which they can manipulate to give them cash from made-up stories.

The end result is forcing that person into handing over their money. Con-artists prefer this
method as they often can never be tracked.

Roppongi Scams – Drink Spiking

Japan Travel Scams and Dangers #4

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Tourists whom may think about visiting this destination have to be really careful of what
they do and what they eat or drink. 

According to a past article in {Japan Today}, American tourists were victims of scams so
often in Roppongi, that the US embassy issued an official statement warning
its citizens.

These tricks are what Japanese called common knowledge scams. To be a victim in any one of these
is simply a misfortune and a lot of ignorance. Just to name a few of these:

🍹Consuming spiked drinks and later discovering your credit card is totally empty; 🍹

💵 Forced to pay enormous amounts of money to get in bars, whose entrance is free. 💵

Roppongi scams are a headache and can be very dangerous! 

Don’t hang out in weird-looking places. If in Tokyo, it would be safer to stick to the
recommended places to stay, specifically for tourists.

You can read more on the Japan Today 📰 news article below.


🚥 Japan Today – Drink Spiking In Roppongi 🚥

Chikan – Subways & Trains

Japan Travel Scams and Dangers #5

Women Only Trains Japan

While this is not exactly a scam to steal money from you, but if you are a female traveler,
you may face uncomfortable or compromising situations in certain places, especially if
traveling on 🚇 subways or 🚂 trains. 

A chikan or groper is a pervert who commits public acts of molestation, specifically on
crowded trains. 
You can read more about Chikan on …

📖 Wikipedia – Chikan 📖

hese perverts target young women while aboard a packed train or any crowded area.

While tourists are highly unlikely to encounter this danger during their stay, female
travelers can mitigate this risk by riding in women-only carriages in Japan’s subways
and trains.

Japan  Is A Very Safe Country

Japan Travel

Despite the scams and dangers you can come across while in Japan, it is still a very safe
and beautiful country.

“Crime in Japan is dropping amid the longest economic expansion in almost three decades, making one of the safest nations even safer.”

Read more about Japan’s low crime rate at …

📭 Bloomberg Business News – Crime Hits Postwar Low 📭

Welcome To Japan

If you get a chance to visit, don’t hold back from having a good time. Just take into account
all you just read, exercise common sense and enjoy your Japan trip!

I’ve also listed the Official Japan Tourism link below to their website for your convenience.
It’s filled with excellent information on everything this beautiful country has to offer.

🗺 Be sure to check out the {Google Map} box at the bottom of this post for exact location. 🗺

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🌄 Japan. Endless Discovery 🌄

These types of tourist scams occur all over the world and not just in this country.



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