How to get around in Japan

The best basic tips I’ve seen for navigating Japan in a way not to offend is on this post at Conde Nast Traveller – The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit Tokyo.

The most important tips are:

  1. Greet people with “konnichiwa”. Add “san” (or “sensei” for a teacher) to the person’s name. Return bows.
  2. Wear decent clothes. Bear in mind that you’ll be taking your shoes off at every restaurant.
  3. Say “arigato” (thank you) in all interactions.

There is more information on the post, so go read it! The only thing that I would add to the information, is that most taxis over there have automatic doors. The driver will get irritated if you manually close their automatic car door in my experience!