May 11, 2021

10 Things in Japan That May Surprise First-time Visitors

Japan is one of the most interesting countries on Earth, it has a lot of culture and history that is worth diving into. Also, it is a great place to discover a lot of new things.

But before you visit Japan, you need to know that some things are different here than in other countries. There are many rules, that we are not used to in our countries. For example, you can get a wide range of services at the store at any time, and you will not be allowed to visit a sauna if you have tattoos on you.

Capsule hotels


Japanese hotels are extremely expensive, and hostels are bad. If you are not claustrophobic, there are capsule-like hotels that are cheap and very private, and also look futuristic.

24/7 stores can help you in almost any situation.


Everywhere you can see small shops that are open 24/7, they are called Konbinis, and you can buy various things in them, like cooked food. Some of them are Family, Lawson, 7-Eleven, and Ministop. It’s really good that when you buy food, it will heat it for free and give you spices and napkins. Even if you have to, you can go in and use the toilet for free. Also, you can pay bills here, receive a shipment, buy a plane ticket, and more.

It’s better to go to a 100-yen store, so you don’t pay too much for basic products.


There is another interesting type of store where you can buy things for as little as 100 yen, which is about $1, and the goods are varied. The price is very small, but the quality is excellent.

When buying things, don’t forget about the tax.


When buying something, to avoid confusion about paying bills, keep in mind that tax is not included in the price, tax is 10%. If you spend more than 5,000 yen you can refund the tax. There are also tax-free shops.

Be ready to take off your shoes before entering a house, a temple, and other places.


Because the ground is dirty, they have a habit to remove their shoes when they go somewhere, before they enter. So it can be seen in some big buildings like schools, restaurants, hotels, temples. They have special shoes with which to go to the toilet, as well as to visit certain facilities.

If you plan to spend a long time in Japan, get an “emergency pack” in case you encounter really bad weather.


Be prepared for the natural disasters that are common here. Many of them have emergency equipment ready. We hope you don’t need to, but just in case, keep the essentials close.

In every neighborhood, there are 24/7 police stations called KOBAN where any tourist can get help.


In Japan, there is a special police station system called KOBAN. Their responsibilities are greater than normal police officers. In addition to crime prevention, they help people with ordinary things.

The most important thing you should remember in Japan is the “no-trouble” principle.


From ancient times, they lived in territories that were not very large and had many people. So they are used to living peacefully, and they do not like to cause problems. This means that many rules in Japanese must be obeyed. In Japan, you need to think not only of yourself but of other people.