You will want to return to Japan again and again to explore its beautiful national parks, old temples, and sacred shrines, as well as its sandy beaches and world-class ski resorts.
Japan is a fascinating country with a rich history and strict social norms; if you’re visiting for the first time, read our tips to make sure you don’t offend anybody, and learn more about the country by checking out our collection of fascinating facts in the 2024 japan tours.
Make sure you have on suitable footwear.
Before entering a temple or someone’s house, you should always remove your “outdoor” shoes and replace them with the “indoor” shoes provided. This is done routinely.
However, tatami mats, which may be found in both temples and traditional Japanese households, must be taken up off the floor before walking on them.
In addition, you’ll need to take off your shoes and put on a pair of slippers before using the facilities in a home, restaurant, or temple.
Visit during sakura season and take in the sights.
The beautiful cherry blossom seen on postcards and vacation brochures from all around Japan only blooms throughout the country during the sakura (cherry blossom) season, which may come as a surprise to you.
It begins at the end of March and lasts until the beginning of May and is widely recognised as Japan’s most expensive travel period. However, spring is also when Japan’s beauty and vibrancy are at their peak.
Because of its significance, the Japanese cherry blossom (sakura) is the source of the term hanami, which translates to “flower viewing.” Thousands of people will be picnicking under the trees in the parks for hanami festivities, which you may see if you take a stroll around the area.
No gratuity is expected or needed.
However, tipping is often frowned upon, and customers who do so may be chased by a waiter who thinks they have lost their gratuity. If you take part in a guided tour or a culinary class, for example, the guide or instructor could appreciate a little token of appreciation from your own country.
In Japan, it is considered rude to answer the phone, therefore music should be played at a very low volume. It is important to remember that foreigners in Japan have a reputation for being loud, especially on public transit. Eating while walking is seen as exceedingly rude in Japan, and blowing your nose in public is seen as much more rude than sniffing.
Experience the shinkansen for yourself.
Experience a new level of excitement by riding one of Japan’s bullet trains. Because of their punctuality, speed, and ability to effortlessly glide across the countryside, these trains are the best way to go about.
You may ride any train in Japan with a Japan Rail Pass, so be sure to get one before you go. You should know that in contrast to the vast majority of passengers, who will be able to go right through the ticket barriers with their prepaid cards, you will be obliged to wait in line at the ticket barriers while an employee at the station checks your pass.