Plan Your Trip to Japan Before Visiting

If Japan is the next holiday destination high up in your agenda, keep in mind a few things to avoid embarrassment on your part. Here are a handful of tips which can prove handy during your stay in the land of rising sun and make your trip pleasurable.

Behaviour of Japanese People

Respect the People

It is very important that you show respect to people in Japan. They generally greet and apologise to each other by bowing heads. This is an intrinsic value of theirs. Since the childhood, Japanese people are taught to respect their elders and guests. Talking to people politely and behaving in courteous manner is important to show respect to the people.

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Table Manners

Japanese people follow particular and meticulous table manners and etiquettes. It is important to know that do not pour the beverage in your glass and start gulping down straight away at the parties. They always raise a toast before sipping their drinks. So, after taking a seat, let the waiters or waitresses do their job. They will give you an osdhibori, a small wet towel, to wipe your hands. It is imperative that you are aware of all the table manners before dining with Japanese people.

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Tipping is a strict no in Japan

Tipping the attendants at bar, restaurant, hotel or taxi is considered bad manner in Japanese society. You should keep in mind that your ignorance can cause embarrassment to the person before you.

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Using Chopsticks

Whether you go to any restaurant or have been invited at someone’s home for dining, you will notice that food is served with chopsticks. However, if you do not know how to use chopsticks, you can ask for silverware at the restaurants.

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Entering a House

Taking off shoes and other footwear at the entrance of house is an age old custom in Japan. Almost every house keeps a vestibule, where footwear is kept, at the entrance. You may be given home slippers to wear inside the house but remember to take off the home slippers before entering the tatami room or dining area. There are still some old companies and offices where you have to take off shoes before entering.

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Order and Harmony

Japanese people are very much strict in maintaining the order and harmony of society. Individualism does not find a favour in the Japanese society. You will be impressed by seeing people refraining from the usages of cell phones at public places. They avoid eating while commuting and do not blow their nose before others. There are many other habits considered as ill manners by the Japanese people.

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So, before you catch a flight to Japan it is important to go through a few blog about Japan. Some of the blogs from Japan provide you complete information on the Japanese culture, their lifestyle, places to visit, Japanese foods, etc. By reading these blogs, you will be able to plan a pleasurable trip to Japan.

7 Things You Must Know Before Visiting Japan

Japan is a beautiful country to go on holiday. Japanese people welcome their guests wholeheartedly and help everywhere. The standard of living in the country is very high and it is convenient to move to different locations, as Japan has one of the best transportation facilities in world.

The stunning and eerie beauty of Japan appeals to one and all. If you are planning to go to Japan, there are a few things that you must know before setting foot on the land of rising sun.

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Here is a list that includes some of things that you must know before visiting Japan.

Respect the People: Bowing your head down is a way to greet and apologise in Japanese culture. Japanese people learn to respect elder people since their childhood days. It is important that to whom and how deep you bow your head in respect or to greet the elder person. Japanese people use polite language and talk courteously. While addressing older people, it is common to add “san” at the end of their name.

Table Manners: If you are attending a drinking party, do not just pour beer in own glass and start drinking. Japanese people follow good manners and lead their drinks with the toast. Usually, after taking the seat, a waiter or waitress gives you an “osdhibori” (small wet towel) to wipe hands. They follow strict etiquettes at the dining table.

Japanese Baths: Onsen, hot spring baths, is quite popular in Japan. You can experience it at the different ryokan. The bathing style in Japan is different from the western countries. You need to take a shower before moving into the public or private onsen baths. You can know about the onsen at ryokan from relevant blog about Japan.

Tipping is Not Necessary: It is not necessary at all to tip bar and restaurant, hotel or taxi drivers in Japan. Typically, giving tip is considered a bad etiquette and can embarrass the people you are tipping.

Chopsticks: When you are dining out in the Japanese restaurants, it is essential to use chopsticks.

Entering a House: When you are entering a house, it is important that you take your shoes off. Also, there are some companies where you need to enter without footwear. Usually, there is a rack provided at the entrance where you can keep your shoes and sandals.

Order and Harmony: Japanese people do not value individualism and dislike to disrupt the order and harmony of society. Japanese people refrain from the use of mobile phone on public places, do not blow their nose in front of other people and prefer not to eat food while commuting, as these are considered bad manners.