Your personal safety is not much of an issue in Kyoto. Regardless, it always makes sense to be safe rather than sorry while traveling.  As with any locale you are unfamiliar with, it pays to be alert while traveling within large crowds, especially during the high season. Walking about in crowds during crowded events such as the cherry blossom festival can be especially problematic. Pickpockets can quickly pick you clean of your money or passport, quickly turning a dream vacation into a nightmare. Make use of your hotel's safe to protect items such as any jewelry you might have brought with you (which, in reality, is best left at home), extra monies, credit cards, and passports. Keep an eye (and hand) on bags at all times, and do not leave your items unattended. Be especially wary when traveling at night, and if possible always walk with a group. This makes sense as much in a foreign locale as in your own hometown. In addition, since taxis or public transportation options are usually readily available, when in doubt, take advantage of one of these transportation options rather than walk about late at night in an unfamiliar location.

In addition, when traveling abroad, it is often easiest to travel with traveler checques, which are easier to replace than cash or credit cards if stolen. The easiest way to cash out traveler's cheques is to either stop by a currency exchange, or for a better rate, at a bank. Keep a copy of the front page from your passport, any tickets, traveler's cheque serial numbers, and any other important information in a location separate from the originals. These will come in handy if you are a victim of theft.