Be careful in Japan. It can catch you out. My family and I spent a month backpacking around Japan and we learned a lot about the things not to do in Japan.
Especially if you don’t want to lose face.
The Japanese people are so very polite.
They would hate to think they were being rude or upsetting you in any way by telling you that you weren’t behaving correctly – instead, they will just giggle to themselves and maybe take you quietly to one side.
That’s how life in Japan is. Japanese people do things quietly and politely. But they get their point over.
So, to save you from having to find out yourself about the do’s and don’ts in Japan I’m sharing with you what I learned when visiting the land of the rising sun with two kids.
Here are 28 things not to do in Japan (so you are not exposed to giggles and whispering).
You cannot visit Japan and do what every other tourist does. You just can’t. It’s against the law and I won’t let you. If you are looking for things to do in Japan, have a sense of adventure, don’t mind heights and want to experience a slightly different Japan then ‘Hello’.
The word backpacking and Japan are not often used in the same sentence. It is assumed that the country is far too expensive to accommodate the lowly backpacker. But it’s not true. Backpacking Japan is the best and very, very do-able on a limited budget.
Not only that, travelling in Japan without much money doesn’t mean you have to compromise. Take it from me
No matter how many books and travel blogs you read about Japan, visit the country for the first time and the first thing that will take you by surprise is how incredibly calm and quiet Japanese life appears to be. Everyday life in Japan is like nothing you will have ever experienced before.
The way the Japanese people eat, bathe, their train etiquette; daily life in Japan is calm and marvellous. (more…)
Japan has some of the best food in the world. Eating, along with many other everyday Japanese life rituals is one of the things that makes this beautiful country as exciting and as intriguing as it is. But you may be wondering what to eat in Japan when you just can’t face another piece of sushi.
Tell people you are travelling in Japan, and the first thing they will advise you to do is fill your face with street food. In fact, if you don’t eat noodles swimming in broth at least nine times a day, then you are just a big fat fake, and you aren’t doing the other hardcore backpackers proud
We have just spent two weeks in Japan where we backpacked and couchsurfed for a big chunk of the time. Thankfully, both our budgets and our train journeys were made all the lighter because of this little known Japanese secret. (more…)