Travel sins? What the hell is this? I'll explain: The good news is that Japan is a safe country. It is also a remarkable culture - a delight for any traveler. This does not mean that all trips are easy.
After all, some visitors from Japan make mistakes that make their trip less fun, leave residents with a bad impression or take them to prison. Make sure to avoid these 7 travel sins on your next visit to Japan.
Travel sins #1 - Selfishness
First of all, let's take something into consideration: Japan is not an English-speaking country since most of its inhabitants cannot speak English. If people are kind enough to speak English with you - speak slowly.
First, at least consider learning something Japanese. Don't be selfish to think that others should know your language in their country.
On top of that, use visual communication, such as hand gestures. Keep your words simple.
Occasionally, you can get lucky and meet people who speak English, just like you do - but generally, you need to speak carefully. However, make sure you learn their language.
Therefore, some words of Japanese are always appreciated. Communication is a two-way street.
Travel sins #2 - Lack of resilience
The Japanese have a completely different set of social norms and manners. In fact, all countries do.
As well as what is socially acceptable in a country can be completely taboo in Japan. Likewise, what is rude in your country can be perfectly acceptable in Japan.
This is where patience and common sense help the traveler. Ask for suggestions. If you are on a crowded train and people keep pushing into the car - this is normal. Different standards and manners are challenging - and therefore, it is best to be ready to face that challenge.
Travel sins #3 - Pride
Visitors from Japan say the word gaijin (foreign) often since the gaijin is a small minority in Japan.
Whether you are the only foreigner in a restaurant or a train - you may feel that you really stand out, however, the opposite applies.
After all, there are many foreigners who live in Japan. Most Japanese have lived abroad or traveled extensively.
In other words, the locals are not interested in you simply because you are a gaijin. In general, it is better to forget everything about your race / nationality and have fun.
Travel sins #4 - Lack of common sense
We all leave our comfort zone on vacation. After all, it's your vacation - you've worked hard for it.
Enjoy it, but police yourself: If you take your clothes off and go swimming in fountains in your country - Japan is probably not the place to start. Japan is a conservative country with conservative laws:
- Yes, Japan has the death penalty;
- Yes, the police can keep you in prison for 23 days without charge, without bail and without a proper legal representative;
- Yes, more than 95% of people confess their crimes in those 23 days;
- Yes, if you get into a fight or dispute with a fellow countryman - they can communicate with the police and you cannot;
- Yes, your embassy will try to help, if the police allow you to contact them. There is usually not much they can do;
- No, the police do not have a place in their hearts for foreign tourists who just wanted to express themselves;
Travel sins #5 - Lack of Respect
This is not really a sin, but a reminder:
Just now, I scared you with the Japanese legal system. Let me remind you again - Japan is a safe and civilized country. If you treat people with respect, you will be rewarded. It is a matter of not acting like a vandal or a weakling.
The Japanese are proud of their culture. They like to share their culture with foreign visitors.
When you are walking down a street looking for food, it is tempting to enter a McDonald's. Especially when most restaurants have Japanese plates and menus.
Japan is a wonderful place to be adventurous. Try new things. People will help you.
Travel sins #6 - Inflexibility
Everyone has expectations about the holidays. Japan is too defined to live up to its expectations. Be flexible and Japan will always exceed your expectations. Enjoy!
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Travel sins #7 - Lack of preparation
Cities like Tokyo are too big to just be around. You need to prepare. Traveling aimlessly is simply the worst thing to do. See if you can stop being lazy and make a schedule of the places you will visit.