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Touring Tips : Tourist Etiquette Advice for Visitors to Asakusa



2023.03.09 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Recently, the number of foreign visitors to Asakusa has increased significantly and is approaching pre-Corona levels. Today we would like to introduce you to some useful tourist etiquette that will enhance your sightseeing experience in Japan.

Asakusa, Tokyo's charming and historic district, is famous for its Sensoji Temple, the oldest in the city. Visitors can stroll the traditional shops and food stalls of Nakamise shopping street or take a jinrikisha ride. Asakusa offers Japanese cultural experiences, including walking in kimonos and several festivals throughout the year, making it a favorite among foreigners.

Now, due to the relaxation of travel restrictions and infection control measures in Japan, the number of foreign tourists is gradually increasing. In order to create a more welcoming environment for foreign tourists, who undoubtedly have different characteristics, Taito City plans to distribute brochures to raise awareness of tourism etiquette.

Japan is a land of ancient traditions, breathtaking beauty, and a fascinating blend of old and new. As you embark on your journey to explore this unique country, it's important to be mindful of the local customs and etiquette. To help you get the most out of your experience, we've put together a list of helpful tips that will make your trip more enjoyable for both you and those around you. So, let's dive in and learn how to travel like a true Japanese!

• Please respect signs that ask to not take photos. Remember, not every moment needs to be captured on camera. Sometimes, the memories in your mind are the most precious ones.
• Please dispose of trash appropriately. Japan is clean because everyone makes an effort. Let's do our part to keep it that way and impress our Japanese hosts with our good manners.
• Please don't bring your own food or beverages into restaurants. Trust us, the food in Japan is worth trying and the beverages pair perfectly with the cuisine.
• Please smoke only in designated areas. Remember, smoking is not allowed in many public places in Japan. But, for those who do smoke, please be respectful and only light up in the designated areas.

By following these simple rules of etiquette, you'll not only show respect for Japan's culture and customs, but you'll also ensure that you have the most enjoyable and memorable trip possible. So let's make a conscious effort to have fun and be courteous to those around us as we explore all the amazing sights, sounds, and tastes that Asakusa and Japan has to offer!

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