Do you have an upcoming trip to Japan or maybe you're just curious about their cultural etiquette? Let us tell you somethings that should NOT be done while visiting Japan.
Let's start by saying that Japanese people are very warm and wecolming towards tourists. When visiting other countries, it's important to show respect and cultural etiquette. At the same time, there is not need to worry too much as the Japanese really do not expect you to know all of their cultural traditions/expectations. The most important thing to know is that as long as you act kind and you are respectful, you'll be fine! With all that being said, if you make a little effort during your time in Japan, or before, it will make a world of difference. Japanese people are incredibly appreciative when tourists make the effort to be culturally aware.
In this blog post, we'll share with you some tips on what you shouldn't do in Japan.
1) Don’t Leave A Tip In Japan
Unlike many other countries, tipping is not a thing in Japan. It's not rude but it is definitely not expected. If you're at a restaurant and you leave cash on the table as a tip, don't be surprised to find your waiter/waitress chasing after you to return it. It's understandable if you feel uncomfortable due to this being a concept in your home country, but keep in mind that it's just not expected trying to tip can lead to confusion.
ONE EXCEPTION – If you take a tour during your time in Japan, it is always acceptable (but again not expected) to give your tour guide a small tip. Make sure to wrap and fold the tip in paper and politely hand it to your guide using both hands.
2) Stay Quiet On Public Transportation
If you decide to take public transportation in Japan, please remember this. Talking loudly to friends on the train, talking on the phone and blasting music through your headphones are all very much frowned upon.
On the subway, mobile phone use is very discreet and you’ll notice quite quickly how quiet the subway carriages are. Japanese people tend to use public transportation as a place to nap, relax after a hard day’s work or play games in silent mode.
3) Public displays Affection (pda) is a no no
PDA otherwise known as public displays of affection are rarely seen among Japanese people. You might see some hand-holding but that’s about it. It is seen as very much a private thing so tourists should never get smoochy publicly in Japan unless you don’t mind an audience of shocked onlookers!
4) Don’t Expect Everyone To Speak English
This should be applied to any country you are visiting. No matter where you travel to, it’s always a good idea to learn a few of the local phrases. Plus, it’s also a sign of respect and it can be really useful too.
This is especially true of Japan. Put yourself in their shoes – wouldn’t you appreciate it if someone tried to speak to you in your native tongue? In most of the big cities in Japan, you will find people who can and will speak English but if you plan on traveling into more remote areas, this is less likely.