11 Etiquette Tips Before You Go

Japan will likely be one of the most mesmerizing countries you’ll visit—that’s why I keep going back! It is cluttered with one gorgeous spot after another and its cuisine is incredible and diverse, especially so if you travel around the different regions. But the pull of the country is also so much more than that, and once you’ve gotten a taste of the unique Japanese culture and traditions, you’ll know just why.

There are a lot of peculiarities to the country’s culture and to Japanese customs; I’ve laid out some interesting points below, but really you must visit Japan yourself to truly see and feel and understand how these Japanese lifestyle choices and customs make the country so interesting. If you’re planning a trip to Japan—or daydreaming about planning one in the future—these are handy etiquette tips and facts to know before you go.

1. Remove Your Shoes

In Japanese culture, it is seen as good and essential manners to remove your shoes upon entering a…

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