Is Tokyo Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Tokyo is an incredibly safe city for solo female travelers. The city has low crime rates and a respectful culture, with the locals demonstrating courteous behavior. Public transport is extremely reliable, including during the night hours. There is a strong police presence and well-lit streets, enhancing the overall safety. However, as in any large city it's always important to stay aware of your surroundings and not leave belongings unattended.

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Safety at night:Very safe

Tokyo is generally a very safe city, even for solo female travelers walking alone at night. Public spaces remain active and well-lit and street crime is extremely low. The public transport system is reliable and the locals are helpful if you need assistance. Speaking some basic Japanese or having a translation app can ease your navigation around the city.

Public transportation:Very safe

Tokyo has an extensive network of public transportation that includes trains, subways, buses, and taxis, which have a high level of safety. It is well-regulated, monitored, clean, punctual and reliable. The crime rate is very low and rare incidents of pickpocketing and harassment can occur but they are far below the global average. Conductors and staff are very helpful and attentive to passenger needs, and the majority of routes and signs are in English, easing communication. Stay aware of your belongings and your surroundings, particularly during peak hours when the trains can become very crowded.

Street harassment:Very low

Tokyo, is renowned for its respectfulness and order, and as such, street harassment incidents are very minimal. Many women report feeling safe even when walking alone at night. This doesn’t mean there are zero incidents, but they are not as common, especially compared to other cities worldwide. Always stay vigilant but typically, you can expect a peaceful experience.

Petty crimes:Very low

Tokyo is considered one of the safest cities in the world, even for solo female travelers. Petty crimes such as theft or pickpocketing are very rare. The local population is generally trustworthy and helpful to tourists. However, it is still advisable to remain cautious, especially in crowded places and at nighttime.

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Tokyo is perfectly safe to drink. It undergoes strict quality control by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government which makes it comparable to, if not better than, bottled water. The water is treated with advanced purification techniques, so you can drink it straight from the tap without worrying about any adverse health effects.

Is Tokyo safe to travel?

4.7 /5

Based on 17 experiences

River

River

United States

Solo travel experience

Tokyo was an amazing experience! The food was great, everything was very affordable, even the hotels! I meet some really cool people, other travelers and locals. I can’t wait to go again! I felt very safe there. No one tried to scam or harass me. People were helpful and mostly friendly. It felt safe to explore alone. The transit system was convenient and went everywhere, it made it easy to get around. Just finding the right train was the hard part. But the trains go constantly, so even if you miss your train, there’s always another one really soon after.

Posted: April 18, 2024
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Hannah

Hannah

United States

Couple travel experience

My husband and I spent 5 nights in Tokyo before heading to Kyoto and Osaka. We had a fantastic time staying in the Shinjuku area, which is where I recommend you stay because it’s very lively at night, and there’s easy access to public transportation. We were completely safe walking around at night! For a good ramen place, I recommend Kyushu in Harajuku. You get to pick your broth, meats, and toppings. It’s kinda small and cramped but it was the best ramen I had in my life.

Posted: April 9, 2024
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Ebru

Ebru

Turkey

Solo travel experience

I felt safe in general but there was no more people on evening hours especially in Akihabara-the place i have been stayed-.Cafes are closing 8 pm.I went shibuya,ueno,akihabara,ginza and saw all touristic places.You should definitely try onigiri and kind of sushies.Desserts were amazing .Kobe beef was delicious.For breakfast i highly recommend cafe veloche and vie de france in akihabara.veloche is so quite and calm you can take a good rest.Vie de france has wide options for breakfast and kind of deserts.There are many good restaurant in Tokyo tower.For shopping ,if you are looking for elektronics you can go bic camera or yodobashi camera .For fashion you can visit ginza there are many brands over there but for basics ı recommend huge uniqlo building in ginza (9 layer) or you can go to shibuya and there is a shopping mall called 109.Place is so close to shibuya station .You can find any clothes for ant style or aesthetic

Posted: April 5, 2024
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I feel super safe, it easy travel around alone. You can sleep in capsule hotel, a privacy and cheap solution. It’s easy find good restaurants and a lot of people eat alone. Unfortunately not many people speak English. Anyway people are very kind and try to help you also if you don’t know their language.

Posted: April 1, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I felt completely safe in Tokyo You can find amazing foods everywhere and the people are very kind all the time There are lots of bars and pubs that you can drink something and have fun I used subway all the time and it was fantastic

Posted: March 7, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I loved Tokyo! I felt so safe there, even walking around alone at 3am. All the food is so delicious and affordable! Public transit is on time and clean, but try to avoid rush hour if you can. Check out the beautiful parks and shrines when you want a break from the city :)

Posted: March 6, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Tokyo is very safe for women travelling alone. The locals are very polite and friendly and they will help you with directions in case you get lost. The city is clean, safe and organized. It has good transporation system and the Japanese are very disciplined and know how to follow rules.

Posted: March 3, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
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Kristi

Kristi (24)

Japan

Group travel experience

I stayed in Ace Inn Shinjuku、in a hostel in a peaceful part of Shinjuku, just few metres from a station entrance. It was a clear and safe hostel, and also has a floor for only women. I felt safe in Tokyo, but I explored alone at daytime. In night time was with my friends. I think that is better to stay a little careful in Shinjuku and Shibuya zones, especially surrounded the stations. Of course, is the the expensive city in Japan, so be prepared to spend a little more than usually. But if you don't have a big budget, you can find convenient store where to eat or cheap restaurants and fastfoods. I recommend Ueno Park and some neko Caffè. If you want to try fluffy pancakes, you should go to Happy pancakes.

Posted: January 4, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
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I went to Tokyo to fulfill the dream of visiting Japan! I was studying in 高雄 in Taiwan at the time and used my new years holiday to go to Japan by myself. I felt very safe the whole time and had a great time. I stayed a bit further outside of the center in a business district, so it was cheaper and more quiet but still super easy to get into the heart of Tokyo with the Yamamoto line. As it was January I only payed 150€ for 3 nights!! I took a low cost bus from the airport to the city which took around 45min and I think it was really cheap! On the way back I took the public transit which was a bit more but i think it was still only around 1.200¥. Tokyo is huge and such a different vibe and I loved it. I actually walked through the city most of the days getting in about 20-30k steps cause I just loved to see everything. I booked a private photoshoot on airbnb to have some fun pictures of myself too, as I didn’t have anyone to take pictures of me. This was around 89€. Overall I felt really safe and wasn’t treated weirdly by anyone. In Taiwan I had experienced a lot more starring and people wanting to take pictures with me, in Japan people just kind of did their own thing. The only minus point was that I was followed by a man for a bit which scared me a lot but he was a foreigner too, so I would not hold that against the Japanese people! He left me alone after I went into a store and told him to f off. Food was also not too expensive, I’d say pretty comparable to my home in Germany. The pancakes in the picture were around 20€ as it was a very famous spot in Ginza! I recommend checking out the huge Uniqlo flagship store in Ginza, I spent about 2h in there just looking at things and getting a customized bag for only 18€. Also check out the teamLabs Planets exhibition! It was incredible and a great way to be entertained when you’re alone! Tickets are a bit expensive but I’d say it’s worth it, plus they sell organic and even vegan ramen there too, which was super delicious. As a vegetarian, I could not check out all the places that were popular or recommended as Japanese cuisine is still very meat and fish heavy. But don’t get discouraged, there are many veggie and vegan places now that offer authentic dishes! Overall, I spent around 900-1100€ for the whole 5 day trip (not including airport hotel and public transport in Taiwan) - 350€ were the flight tickets with two Asian low cost airlines (Taipei - Narita) I think it could have been cheaper but Chinese New Year was coming up - around 150€ for the hotel - around 90€ for the photoshoot - 200-250€ for food and snacks + snacks I brought back to Taiwan - around 200€ for tickets to Teamlabs, Metro, Airport Bus and ONE very expensive 77€ Uber - plus another 100 for other souvenirs and a donation at Meiji Jingu

Posted: December 6, 2023
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Is Tokyo safe for women?

Super safe city. I never had any problem walking alone at night for some km (even when I was drunk). Difficult to find a city more safe for female than Tokyo. Considering the harassment in the street, there is none. Some men can ask you to go out with them (pretty rare and only in busy area) but if you say no, they immediately leave you alone. It’s my experience after living there for 6 months, the risk 0 doesn’t exist, but it’s super safe and nothing never happened to me.

Posted: March 5, 2024
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Audham

Audham

Tokyo is probably the safest city I know. I've been living here for 20 years and never had anything bad happen to me. People are polite, respectful and have good boundaries. The streets are safe and clean. You can lose or leave your belongings and surely enough you'll find them again.

Posted: February 21, 2024
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Is Tokyo safe right now?

Before your visit to Tokyo, it's essential to check travel advisories for Japan, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States government advises exercising normal precautions in Japan. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: January 8, 2024
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian government advises taking normal security precautions in Japan. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 23, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Japan. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 3, 2024

Is Tokyo worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 17 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

3/5
Elif

Elif (20)

Turkey

Solo travel experience

Tokyo is a really big city. The transportation has a detailed structure, but some stations are really difficult to navigate. You can easily lose your way. Japanese food is cheap and delicious. Japan is a shopping paradise, but larger sizes may be hard to find. The Team Lab is the best activity. However, the proficiency of English there may not be good enough.

Posted: April 3, 2024Experienced: July, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I went solo travel to Japan (Tokyo)- May 2023. It was one of the best city iv visited! I was only there for 8 days but felt like it was still not enough! I've explored Asakusa where I rent a kimono and walk around the temple, i also joined sushi making class in Asakusa. I've also gone for a day trip to the Mt Fuji area and the view is breathtaking! Shibuya crossing is a must! Well especially if you ever watch Tokyo Drift 😂 oh I stayed at the Shinjuku area at all women capsule - nine

Posted: February 23, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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