How safe is Japan really? Is travel insurance essential?

Asked by Tom Roseveare · 5 years ago

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Answered by Bonson Lam · 5 years ago

Once I left my umbrella at a store, and the next day, I found it on the rack, untouched. Another time, I left my train pass at the bathroom, and then someone handed it in, so I got it again. I count my blessings and Japan can be as safe as the fairy tales, but I would still have travel insurance. Not because it is unsafe, but things can happen outside your control. An international flight can be delayed. You can trip and fall. Or lots of other things that have little to do with safety. So I would always recommend travel insurance.  I would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time here, and not have to worry because you don't have travel insurance. 

Answered by Mandy Bartok · 5 years ago

To me, the most important thing to make sure your travel insurance covers, if you plan to get it, is natural disasters. Japan may be an incredibly safe country crime-wise and you may never need to use the medical aspect of travel insurance (if you're lucky), but there is a greater chance of encountering an earthquake, volcanic eruption or tsunami here. If those events cancel or delay your travel or affect you in any significant way. that's where I think travel insurance could be quite useful.

Answered by Danny Boey · 5 years ago

Japan is quite safe.  Usually I don't buy travel insurance.

Answered by Alina Kudryavtseva · 5 years ago

There is no need for an insurance. It's likely nothing bad will happen. Of course, if you don't have an intention to eat fugu or do something like that. I'm sure everything will be ok even if you decide to eat fugu though.

Answered by Victoria Vlisides · 5 years ago

I really don't think you need travelers insurance, but I guess it never hurts, if you have the money.

Answered by Isabelle Despert Okumura · 4 years ago

Japan is safe, the criminality rate is low  BUT  you can have a car accident, a sudden sickness and need to go to hospital which is expensive. I would recommand you to take an insurance, you never know!

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