Tipping isn't customary in Japan and is not expected – in fact, it will sometimes be considered impolite. As a general rule you should not leave a tip in Japan, with a few notable exceptions. Remember, if you are in one of the rare situations where you believe a tip is apppropriate, be sure to present the gratuity in an envelope (preferably a stylish one) and offer it with a small bow. 

When is it appropriate to leave a tip in Japan?

  • Some inns or ryokans may leave an envelope in your room where a small gratuity can be left for the housekeeping staff. 
  • If you receive a privately guided tour and the service during the tour is exceptional. 

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