What You Should and Shouldn't Carry with You While in Japan

What You Should and Shouldn't Carry with You While in Japan


What should you carry with you in Japan? Also, if you unknowingly carry something that you shouldn't, you may end up being interrogated by the police. Let's take a look at what you should and what you mustn't carry with you while traveling in Japan.

Have your passport readily available

It is generally a good idea to carry your passport around with you since it is a reliable form of identification. Some clubs are strict on age restrictions and they might ask you to show them your passport. Keeping your passport in a safe place such as inside your bag rather somewhere like a pocket where it might stick out or fall out easily goes without saying, of course!

Is it necessary to have your passport on you?

Carrying a passport is required by Japanese law. If the police ask you to show them your passport on the street and you refuse or you don't have it with you, then you might be fined up to 100,000 yen for the violation of not having a passport with you. However, if you are a resident of Japan, then you don't need to have your passport but instead your residence card, or zairyu kaado with you at all times.

Carrying Guns or Drugs is not allowed

The possession of guns is illegal in Japan, just like the possession of illegal drugs such as marijuana or stimulants. If the police find you possessing either of them, no matter the size or kind, you will be arrested as a flagrant offender on the spot.

Pocket knives are not allowed

Some people might carry a pocket knife for self-defense or simply for the sake of convenience for all kinds of tasks in their own country. However, this is against the law in Japan, as pocket knives are regarded as weapons. According to the regulations, knives with a fixed blade longer than 6cm and knives without a fixed blade longer than 8cm are considered dangerous weapons. Be careful when carrying a knife for camping and so on. If you don't have a valid reason to carry a knife, then you might get fined under the Minor Offence Act.

Avoid smoking while walking

Carrying cigarettes is fine, but smoking while walking may be against local regulations depending on the area. Mainly in sightseeing areas or urban areas, where there are many people walking around on the street, it is feared that it may be a hazard to passerbys. It is best to smoke only in designated smoking areas.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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