Japan Emergency Contact Numbers
Important Emergency Numbers and Info for Visitors & Expats
Print and save this list of important emergency and other useful numbers and information, for Japan visitors and residents. Share it with your friends! A few things to note:
- In the case of a disaster such as an earthquake, people proceed to designated disaster areas. Check with your friends, colleagues or the hotel regarding where you should go, and go with the flow.
- The “NHK World TV” app on iOS and Android can receive alerts from the “J-ALERT” emergency broadcast system. eSolia recommends visitors and residents to install this app from your app store, and in its notification settings, set it to receive quake, tsunami and/or breaking news alerts.
- Japan visitors can benefit from a free iOS app, “JAPAN Hospital Guide”, that shows locations of multilingual hospitals or clinics on a GPS map.
- Public phones, although a bit anachronistic as of today, can connect you with emergency services for free. Steps:
- Pick up the receiver
- (On a Green Phone only, press the red button near the base of the phone. Grey phones don’t have this button.)
- Dial 110 for Police or 119 for Ambulance or Fire
- Some office phones cannot dial emergency numbers like 110 or 119, especially modern “IP Phone” systems. If you’re in an office, ask your colleagues.
- Japan has a famous system of “koban” police boxes across Japan. You can ask for directions or get help in emergencies.