Customs & Etiquette

Much has been written about the myriad Japanese customs and points of etiquette and it can seem daunting before setting off. However, the single most important thing to bear in mind when visiting Japan is that whatever happens, the Japanese are very happy for you to visit their country and as a foreign tourist you are not expected to be aware of all the unspoken rules that govern their lives. By all means read up on them but don’t worry yourselves unduly about any of these things – you’re going for a holiday and any unwitting faux pas will be forgiven – just relax and enjoy yourselves!