The Japanese are famous for being warm, polite and always on time! They are also incredibly welcoming to travellers, but you will need to know your chopstick rules from your slipper etiquette to ensure you have a hassle-free trip. Here are a few handy tips to help you get around Tokyo without making any faux-pas towards the locals.
Eating with chopsticks
Taking off your shoes
You should take your shoes off and line them up at the edge of the lower side of the floor, but if there is a kutsubako (shoe box) or locker available then leave your shoes there. Slippers may sometimes be provided for you, however even these must be removed when entering a room floored with tatami matting.
When you enter, leave your own shoes outside and switch to the bathroom slippers. These are only for use within the bathroom so be sure to change back to your own shoes before you leave.
If you have to hand anything of value directly to someone (such as a credit card), clutch the item with both hands and deliver with it a subtle nod. It shows that both parties are exchanging something of value and they respect both the item and each other enough to entrust it to the other.
Aside from this, hotel staff in Japan will not expect you to tip and are trained to say "no thank you" if you offer.