What is the tipping etiquette in Tokyo?

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Nicholas Coldicott

Don’t do it. Not at hotels, not in taxis, not in restaurants, nor in bars. And there’s no need to tip a masseuse. There’s no tipping culture in Japan, and offering one could lead to an awkward stand-off.

If someone is going out of their way to accommodate you in some way, it’s polite to take a well-packaged gift. Food is a favorite in this situation. And if someone gives you a gift, be sure to reciprocate with something of lesser value when you next meet.

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