Japan is famous for its etiquette, though it's not as strict (or consistent) as you may think.
- Greetings Japanese typically greet each other with a slight bow, but may greet foreigners with a handshake; hugging and cheek-kissing would be considered alarming.
- Queueing Tokyoites are famous queuers, forming neat lines in front of subway doors, ramen shops and more.
- Eating & Drinking Japanese frown upon eating and drinking on streets and on public transport; beverages in resealable containers are an exception.
- Shoes Off Many lodgings and restaurants request you leave your shoes at the door. Take a quick look around for a sign – or slippers in the foyer – to see if this rule applies. Shoes should never be worn on tatami mats.
- Escalators Stand to the left on escalators.
- Religious Sites There is no dress code for visiting a shrine or temple, but it's polite to keep your voice down.