When it comes to vacationing in Tokyo, you as a tourist will do well to learn, remember and follow the local rituals and customs. Though Tokyo and its residents are very tolerant of tourists but you can easily and very quickly warm their hearts by showing them your appreciation by the way of acknowledgment of their customs. So before you board your flight to Tokyo, make it a point to know all that there is to know about Japan Etiquette!
Here are a few pointers that will ensure you do not get caught up in an awkward moment. Firstly do not point your finger at anyone as a way of addressing. Waving your hand up and down in the direction of the person will do the trick. Secondly, the best way of greeting someone is by bowing down. Thirdly, while interacting with local, avoid backslapping or getting too informal; also ensure that you are not gazing directly into their eyes all the time, as this is considered a form of rudeness.
If you get invited to someone’s home, remember to remove your footwear outside and slip into the slippers provided. When it comes to dining in the Tokyo restaurants ensure that the hot towel called Oshibori, that they provide you with is only used to wipe your hands. If you must wipe your face then do that first and then wipe your hands. Also roll up the towel properly. For those of you who wish to slurp that bowl of soup, go ahead but just pick it up and drink as opposed t leaning on the table. If at a bar, the rule of the thumb is to never pour for you. Pour for the other person and he/she will provide you with same service!
When it comes to shopping and visiting the city’s many attractions, it will do you a world of good to invest in a GRUTTO. This one pass is your entry ticket to over 60 of the best sites, including museums, parks, zoos etc, the city of Tokyo has to offer. This pass comes at the cost of ¥2,000 and is valid for a period of two months.
The Japanese Railways or JR offers a host of passes to cater to the needs and demands of the various travelers, both local and tourists. If you have to travel via rail then opt for the various prepaid cards like Suica, PiTaPa and Tokunai keeping in mind which pass serves your purpose the best.
If you still haven’t booked your tickets to Tokyo yet and are wondering about the weather then the best time to book best fares for cheap flights to Tokyo is the spring and the fall. Tokyo is at its blooming best and this also when people from the world over boom their airfares to see the Cherry Blossoms! Avoid being here in June or if you have to then carry your raincoat and umbrella with you, for this is when rains lash the city.
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