When you travel around Japan, you must know some unique Japanese
Please learn the below terms.
Generally the entrance of Japnese house is the place that you take off
or put on the shoes.
(See the page of Living place.)
You probably can find some pairs of shoes at the entrance. That is the evidence that someone lives in the house.
In some houses, you are invited to put on slippers. In that case, you
walk around in the house with slippers.
But you must take off the slippers when you enter Japanese room with "tatami" flooring.
Japanese people like to get into the bath. Especially we enjoy to soak in a bathtub.
When you enter the bathroom, you must get naked even if it is a public
You must not wear a swimsuit.
Of course, the public bath has separete rooms for men and women.
Don't feel ashamed. No Japanese people is shy in the public bath.
Additionally, there are some unspoken rules when you have the public bath.
While you are in Japan, you need not give a tip.
By contraries when we Japanese travel in your country, we are puzzled by the custom of tipping.
Generally the accommodation rate includes "service charge" and that substitutes for a tip.
When we Japanese meet a person or leave, we bow our heads each other with message of greetings.
Probably you will find many bowing during you are in Japan.
To shake hand and to embrace are the limited actions. Japanese don't touch each other unless they are familiar.
Japanese drivers must keep to the left side of the road. This is
opposite to many countries.
Watch out for traffic when you walk around.
Japan is water-rich country. Additionally drinkable and nice water is
So Japanese consider water as air.
In restaurant or cafe usually a waitress brings a cup of tea or water at first.
This is free of charge. You can have a refill of water in any restaurant.
But never leave the restaurant without order of dish.