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How to Behave in Japan

When visiting a new country, there are certain manners and etiquette to take note as each country has its own culture. As manners and customs are very important to the Japanese, as a visitor you aren't expected to follow all the rules, but you should keep in mind a few common rules. The main content of this channel is how to behave in Japan, the Japanese etiquette, Japanese drinking etiquette, table manners, Japanese taboos and so on. All pages give you more information on what to expect and what to keep in mind when visiting Japan. It is important to know the etiquette and manners as you want to show respect to the locals and not come off as rude to the Japanese. Hope this information gives you some insight into the manners and etiquette of Japan and prepares for your trip to Japan. As a reliable Japan travel Agency, we offer you budget Japan group tours and affordable Japan limousine service. If you have any other questions , please feel free to reach out to our customer service representatives.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do I have to hold my cup lower than those of seniors?
    Seniors are treated with high respect in Japanese culture. To show respect, make sure to hold your cup lower than those of seniors.
  • Is it inappropriate to get drunk in Japan?
    Getting drunk is not considered as inappropriate. In fact, getting drunk displays a sense of affinity. However, make sure your behavior doesn't bother other people. Keep in mind though, getting drunk in any given situation is not the best thing you want to do.
  • If Japanese started to drink non-alcoholic beverage, does that means they have enough wine?
    Not necessarily, sometime Japanese like to have other beverage when drinking wines. If you want to be sure, you can ask politely.
  • What are the taboos when dining in Japan?
    Some restaurants provide a small wet towel for wiping hands. Remember to not used it to wipe your face or neck as it is consider inappropriate. Refrain from tabbing your clothing, styling your hair, or cleaning your nails during meal because it is unhygienic and impolite. If you need to clean your teeth, make sure to cover your mouth with your hands.
  • What is the drinking etiquette in Japan?
    It is also considered impolite to pour drinks for yourself. Instead, you should pour for other people and vice versa. Generally, people with low status cannot have cups higher than people with high ranks. When toasting, take a small sip even if you cannot drink to show respect to the group. If you don't want to drink anymore, simply leave your cup full.
  • What to avoid when using chopsticks?
    Don't use your chopsticks to tab on the rice bowl during meals. Don't place chopsticks on dishes or stab on rice.Also, don't point chopsticks at others. Do not poke food with chopsticks or stir the plate to find food. When you want to distribute food to other people, only use the clean end of chopsticks.
  • What is the etiquette for drinking tea in Japan?
    The Japanese love to drink tea, and different types of tea are served at various times during one meal. Green tea is usually served before meals, and sencha is served during and after meals. In addition, men and women have different tea drinking etiquette. When drinking tea, women are expected to hold the tea cup with both their hands. Men, on the other hand, can hold the tea cup with one or both hand.
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