Japan is a country which places the utmost importance in unspoken rules, social norms, and cultural etiquette when it comes to interacting between themselves as well as with visitors.
Some tourists may feel intimidated by what they should or should not do when visiting Japan. And to make matters worse, the locals aren’t exactly making it easy for them either as they expect visitors to be somewhat familiar with Japanese etiquette.
These No-Nos Should Be Avoided By Tourists When They Visit The Land Of The Rising Sun
From how you eat to how you conduct yourself in public, here are some of the biggest no-nos a tourist should never ever do when they are visiting Japan.
- Mind The Chopstick Etiquette: Using a pair of chopsticks to eat isn’t an inherently natural thing, particularly if you’re a Westerner. In this case, you should never stick your chopsticks upright in your bowl of rice as this is considered rude. Other bad table manners include rubbing your chopsticks together, tapping a bowl with your chopsticks, and pointing someone with them.
- Don’t Dine On The Go: It isn’t a custom to eat or drink while walking in Japan as the locals prefer to do one thing at a time. The only time you’ll see the locals actually doing this is during festivals or other celebrations when there are food stalls set up.
- Don’t Eat And Drink In Public Transportation: Quite straightforward, but eating or drinking in trains is considered bad manners. An exception to this rule is when you’re on a long-distance journey, where bento boxes are sold at stations to be consumed during your train ride.
- No Shoes Indoors: About the only time you’re allowed to wear shoes indoors is at public places such as restaurants and eateries. Though, some may still require you to be barefoot when entering. It also goes without saying that wearing shoes in Japanese homes are a huge no-no.
- Don’t Forget Your Manners: Cutting queues, being loud in public, smoking, talking, listening to music loudly, and generally being rude is frowned upon in Japan. Keeping your thank yous and please in mind will also go a long way in impressing the locals.
- Don’t Forget Your Masks: This is especially important in today’s pandemic climate as the Japanese are, for the most part, a hygienic lot. Keep your icky germs to yourself; wear a mask.
- Don’t Forget Bathhouse Etiquette: Public baths and onsens are aplenty, so you should be aware of the rules in place. This means to wash up and scrub down before you step foot into the warm waters. Also, the small towels given to you aren’t supposed to go into the waters itself and instead, is meant to be placed on top of your head to wipe the sweat.