There are many mistakes tourists make when going to Japan for the first time. Though some mistakes aren’t that big, some can be fatal!
I’m here so you don’t have to make these mistakes, so here are 3 common mistakes tourists make in Japan. Enjoy!
#1 Tip the Waiter/Waitress
Not only is this unnecessary, it is actually somewhat rude to tip the waiter/waitress. If you leave some money on the table, the waiter/waitress will most likely come running after you to bring back your money, which is very awkward.
However, if you stay at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), it is actually appropriate to put a tip in a small envelope upon leaving.
This is one of the easiest mistakes to make, so be careful!
#2 Not Wearing Socks
A long-standing cultural value in Japan is cleanliness. It doesn’t mean you should wear a mask and white clothes wherever you go, but you should probably be wearing socks. Why? Well, there are many public places that expect you to take your shoes off before entering. Though some crowded temples will have slippers for you to wear, most traditional Japanese restaurants will not. It’s rude to walk around with bare feet, so refrain from going places with sandals, or at least bring an extra pair of socks if you have to.
#3 Don’t Eat While Walking or Riding a Public Transit
With the number of food stores by the street, you’ll be surprised to see no one is walking around nibbling an okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) or any other food. This is because it is considered rude to eat while walking around.
Actually, eating or drinking on a public transit is a serious no-no as well! The only time you can eat or drink on a public transit is when you’re on a Shinkansen (bullet train). In fact, there is a trolley service that offers you bentos and beverages on your ride.
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