Call for Best/Worst Japan Travel Tips
Recently I came across a travel article called “What Not To Do In Tokyo: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes.” The very first tip in the list was, “Don’t stop in the middle of the famous ‘Shibuya Scramble’ intersection.”
Now that’s just plain silly. Any of us cows can tell you that you don’t ever stop in the middle of a stampede. Sure, we all know people aren’t as smart as cows. But still, they’ve probably figured that one out.
Just for grins, I looked around on the web to see what other silly Japan travel tips were out there. I was surprised to find that most advice out there actually made sense, such as:
- Learn a few words and phrases in Japanese before you go.
- If possible, see at least one festival while you’re there.
- Be sure to learn about the ways chopsticks are used in cremation ceremonies, etc., and don’t do them at dinner, not even as a joke.
In fact, I had a hard time finding really silly tips. But I just know someone out there must have a good story about well meaning advice that led them astray….
So I’ve been wondering: If you’ve ever been to Japan — or even if you’ve lived there for years — what’s the silliest advice anyone ever gave you about traveling in Japan? Or if you can’t recall receiving any silly advice, what’s the best advice you’ve heard?