Visit Japan’s Seto Art Islands

Japan‘s Seto Inland Sea is a placid stretch of water cushioned between three of Japan’s main islands — Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku — populated by a hazy, pine-cloaked archipelago of some 3,000 islands. Twelve of these, known collectively as the “art islands,” are home to contemporary artworks and exhibits that have become an integral part … [Read more…]

Do you tip in Japan?

Different countries have different rules when it comes to tipping. Tipping can be customary, appreciated but not necessary, or lightly suggested. When it comes to tipping in Japan, however, there’s really just major one rule to remember: don’t. “Tipping is generally not necessary in Japan,” says Hiroshi Kawaguchi, general manager at the travel company Oku … [Read more…]

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

An image of a dish at a restaurant in Japan. The country’s restaurants and operators of activities and attractions are increasingly accepting the QR-code-based digital payment methods favored by Chinese tourists. Japan National Tourism Organization Skift Take: Americans and Europeans who used to scoff at QR-style bar codes are going to need to learn how … [Read more…]