Japanese Etiquette Rules Tourists Should Know Before Visiting Japan

Avoid an embarrassing faux pas with these dos and don’ts for tourists in Japan.

The Japanese are known for being polite, respectful, and helpful, which is part of the reason why Japan is a top tourist spot. Japan’s beautiful historical sites are well-preserved and its cities are always clean because of its citizens. If you’re planning on visiting Japan soon, here are some dos and don’ts for tourists in Japan you should know about.

 

Don’t Give Tips at Restaurants


Leaving tips at Japanese restaurants is considered as an insult. This is because they take pride in giving good service so their hospitality is free of charge. A thank you is enough to show that you’re grateful for their good service.

 

Be quiet on trains


Don’t play loud music or talk to someone on the phone while boarding a train. This is because many commuters use their time on the train to catch some sleep. So if you need to answer a very important call, it’s better to lower your voice or ask if they can call back later.

 

Don’t leave leftovers

 

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Always order food that you think you can finish because having leftover food insults not only your host, but also the people who worked hard for you to be able to eat.

 

Learn Basic Japanese

 

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Learning simple phrases can help you go around Japan. Since most Japanese people can’t really speak English, it’s better to learn some basic Japanese words. The locals will also appreciate the effort you put into communicating with them!

 

Don’t Jaywalk

 

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Rules are strictly followed by Japanese citizens which is why you should never jaywalk. Also, always wait for the green light before you cross the street. Remember that no matter how much you’re in a rush, it’s always a must to follow a county’s rules.

 

Know how to properly use chopsticks

 

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Remember these basic rules about how to eat with chopsticks: 

  • Don’t stick your chopsticks upright in your rice bowl
  • Don’t pass food with your chopsticks
  • Don’t rub your chopsticks together

 

What other Japanese etiquettes should tourists be mindful of? Share them below! 

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