Weekly Facts: 7 Things You Should Keep In Mind When Travelling To Japan
1. Get into the train as soon as you get the chance
Don’t let any train go away just because it is too crowded, chances are that the next one will either be equally or more crowded. Just make sure you’re getting into the right train!
2. Avoid laughing and talking loudly in the train
It is not against the law but it is considered very rude and inappropriate. Put your phone to silent mode (or what the Japanese calls it the “Manner Mode”) and avoid talking on the phone. The more silent you are the better it is.
3. Keep Cash, The Cards Don’t Work:
While cards can easily be used in most big establishments in the cities, you might find a few shops not accepting cards for various reasons that even we don’t know. So, it is always best to have some extra cash with you throughout your trip.
4. Don’t tip when eating outside or taking taxis:
While tipping is pretty normal in most parts of the world, waiters and taxi drivers in Japan do not accept any tips. The Japanese believe in giving their best in everything they do, not motivated by money. As such, it is not a part of their culture to accept tips. And if you were to insist, it would make them feel awkward.
5. Don’t expect western toilets:
Get ready to get out of your comfort zone a little, especially if you are going to the toilets. While Japan is known for its high-tech toilets equipped with Bidets and seat warmers, it is not installed in every toilet. But anyhow, it is an interesting experience worth trying!
6. Remember to take off your shoes:
It is customary in Japan to remove your shoes before entering someone’s house. This custom is sometimes also applicable to temples and certain restaurants and shops. It is considered disrespectful and is strictly against the Japanese culture. So save yourself the embarrassment and keep this in your head. Also, you might notice your shoes being turned and placed nicely upon leaving!
7. Smokers, this one is for you guys:
While smoking is allowed in most restaurants and privately owned buildings, it is strictly against the law to smoke on the streets and public areas in Japan. They have designated smoking areas here and there but you just cannot smoke freely on the streets and yes, you could easily be subject to a penalty.