Tourists often have a skewed image in their heads of what a maid café actually is – and this can lead to some awkward moments. If you go into a maid café with expectations of having some sort of sexual fetish realized, you’re likely to be sorely disappointed. A maid café does exactly what it says on the tin, really – it’s a café, where you are attended to by servers who either dress and act like exaggerated versions of old-school French maids, or like exaggerated versions of Victorian maids.
The truth of the matter is tattoos are becoming increasingly socially acceptable in Japanese society. It is unlikely that you will receive anything other than polite interest in your tattoos from the general public when traveling around Japan. However, in certain places – particularly onsens (hot springs), ryokans (traditional guesthouses), temples and public pools, you will still see blanket bans on tattoos.
When coming to Japan, you can bring with you legal medication and drugs with official documentation and certificates approved by Japan’s Bureau of Health if over a certain amount. There are some common medicines to be aware of that are illegal in Japan.
Despite the number of smokers decreasing, smoking is still very common in Japan. You can expect to find people smoking openly in restaurants and bars. You can even purchase cigarettes from vending machines. Laws have been passed to prevent people from smoking in public spaces such as sidewalks, streets, parks, and government buildings.
There are several places in Japan that’ll let you trade in your cash for yen. The most common and recommended place to do this is at the airport. You can also exchange your cash at banks, post offices, and major train stations. Another great option is the use of debit cards at ATMs.
Here are ten tips for your first trip to Japan. These are things I wish I knew when I first went there years ago. They’ll cover ways to prepare before your trip to what you should watch out for when you’re sightseeing.
Fall in Japan is from September to early December. It is when the trees across Japan change into vibrant colors, when the harvest from the sea and the land are bountiful, and when you will find many festivals to enjoy.
The 2019 Global Peace Index considers Japan as the ninth safest country in the world. This means that among 163 independent nations and territories all over the world, Japan has a relatively low rate for safety indicators like crimes, domestic conflicts, or tension among economic classes. However, the country is second in terms of natural Hazards.
Head to the Toyosu Market for a modern experience of the inner workings of the historic Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Visiting a seafood market may not be the first thing on a tourist’s itinerary, and in most cases, it probably doesn’t even come to mind at all. … Read more
Zōjōji (増上寺) Temple is a historical landmark that serves as the primary place of worship of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region and houses the Tokugawa family mausoleum with six Tokugawa shōguns entombed within it.