Japan is undeniably one of the best countries to visit in the Asian region. With a colorful history, unique culture and interesting sights, this country attracts millions of tourists around the world each year. Today we’ll look at 4 things you need to keep in mind before traveling to Japan.
1. Visa requirements
This is a very obvious one on the list. Before you embark on your travel journey, be sure that all your Japan visa requirements are fulfilled. Some important things to consider in regards to your passport and travel include knowing that your passport is valid, understanding that you can’t work on a ‘90-day visa’ for free entry, knowing which hotel you made reservations to, etc. Be sure you have read through Japan’s safety and security information. You should also familiarize yourself with some common laws in order to protect yourself from any form of trouble.
2. Don’t leave a tip
You may find this next item on our list a strange one, but it is true – don’t leave a tip at a restaurant, bar or even to a cab driver. This is something that many Western societies have adopted in their culture, and some of us even consider this to be a compulsory act to carry out when dining out or taking a cab. In Japan, however, this is something that is greatly looked down upon; they consider this to be an insult. Therefore, pay the exact amount for any service you take. There is no need to pay more.
3. Always keep a plastic bag with you
Since the 1995 sarin gas attacks, Japan has a more novel approach when it comes to discarding trash. Hence, and this may come as a shocker to many of you, but Japan doesn’t have many trash cans available out in public. Therefore it’s imperative that you carry a plastic bag with you, especially when you are out munching on Japanese street food. Moreover, littering is a grave penalty in Japan. If caught littering, you could end up serving 5 years in prison or fined a hefty amount.
4. Tattoos are still considered a taboo
Tattoos have gained widespread attention in the West, but in the East, it is still considered a taboo. This also goes for Japan where a tattoo is often associated with prisoners, prostitutes and members of the yakuza. Therefore, if you wish to send out a good message, try to wear something that will cover your tattoos. Nevertheless, be sure you know that certain public places have been banned for those that have tattoos such as pools, onsens, spas, gyms, etc. However, don’t be discouraged; there are still so many places that people with tattoos can enter.
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