How Safe Is Nagasaki for Travel?

Nagasaki, Japan
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Nagasaki is best known as the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II and since then, it has transformed itself into a city worth visiting.

Nagasaki has a lot in connection with the Netherlands, due to its Dutch history and this can be seen firsthand at Huis Ten Bosch, which is an open-air museum where people can see replicas of the homes and buildings that were constructed here during the Dutch rule.

A visit to Oura Cathedral which is a Catholic church that dates from 1886 is something that should not be missed while in Nagasaki.

Warnings & Dangers in Nagasaki

Overall Risk


Japan is known for having zero tolerance over drug-related criminals, so you should not get involved in any kind of relationship with this. Generally speaking, travelers can feel free in Nagasaki.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Roads are in great condition, and you can enjoy the driving. Public transport is also a very safe means of travel. Travelers are rarely attacked.

Pickpockets Risk


Be aware of your surroundings at all times and if you think you are followed by someone, call for help or enter the nearest store. Pickpockets tend to work in crowded places near landmarks and on bus stops.

Natural Disasters Risk


There is a possibility of earthquakes and tremors in Nagasaki, so you should take note of instructions on how to react in that kind of situation in hotel rooms, at train stations and on websites.

Mugging Risk


The instances of violent crime are very rare in Nagasaki. Travelers should not be worried about that. In case you are a victim of a crime, you should report it to the nearest police officer.

Terrorism Risk


There is no threat of terrorist attacks to happen here, but that can never be predicted due to the fact that there is a global risk of terrorist attacks. They can attack in public areas, including those frequented by foreigners.

Scams Risk


Make sure you keep an eye on your drinks and meals so as not to be spiked or drugged. In some restaurants, prices can be high so do not let them overcharge you. Do not accept drinks or lift from strangers.

Women Travelers Risk


Being that the overall safety index is quite high, we can conclude that the crime rate is very low and that women might feel safe while walking the streets of Nagasaki.

So... How Safe Is Nagasaki Really?

When travelers take a look at the safety score of Nagasaki, they can conclude that crime levels are really low and that it is generally safe to walk about at night and to travel on public transport here without having to worry about your security.

However, no matter how safe a place is, tourists should maintain the same level of vigilance as they would at any other foreign city.

Female travelers are free to walk the streets of Nagasaki during the daytime but suggested not to walk alone at night if they do not need to.

They are very rare, but there were instances of assault and rape.

Our suggestion is to be wary of accepting drinks from strangers and always be in a bar with a friend who will keep an eye on your drink if you need to leave it for some time.

Occasionally, there might happen some demonstrations and if you become aware of any protests, you should leave the area immediately and stay away from any kind of gathering there.

Generally speaking, there is not so much crime in Nagasaki and tourists would spend a joyful holiday there without having to worry about their safety.

How Does Nagasaki Compare?

CitySafety Index
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Vienna (Austria)88

Useful Information

  • Visas - The entry requirements for Japan are a passport that will be valid during the whole stay. You may need to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket.
  • Currency - The official currency is the Yen. Travelers should have in mind that they may have difficulty using credit and debit cards issued outside Japan so it is suggested to have cash with them.
  • Weather - The climate of Nagasaki is temperate humid. Winters are mild while summers are hot. In winter, the sky is often cloudy, but snowfalls are generally light.
  • Airports - Traveling to Nagasaki by plane is possible via the Nagasaki Airport, an international airport located 18 km north northeast of the Nagasaki railway station in the city of Nagasaki.
  • Travel Insurance - So that your travel can be enjoyable, you are suggested to take out travel insurance in case something challenging happens to you. Unexpected accidents cannot be predicted.
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Nagasaki Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 7° C
Feb 7° C
Mar 10° C
Apr 15° C
May 19° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 25° C
Oct 19° C
Nov 14° C
Dec 9° C
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1 Review on Nagasaki

  1. G
    Gregory says:

    Generally safe

    I generally feel safe in my travel to Japan in terms of crimes and such, but the concern on earthquakes is always there. I guess you can’t have all if you know what I mean. Temples and museums would give you an insight into the history of Nagasaki.

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