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How much do you tip in Japan?

Sunday, March 15, 2009 / Posted by Zackary /

If you compare guidebooks on this question they have different answers. I live here and know there is only one simple answer. You don't tip anywhere at any time. Even at salons and in a taxi there is no tipping. Ironically, the Japanese provide some of the best customer service in the world.


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Anonymous on March 16, 2009 at 7:18 AM

I once heard this same thing from a cabbie in Vegas. He said that Japanese riders never tipped, but he still had to pay taxes (or something like that) on their fare as if they had. Bummer!

Comment by Zackary on March 18, 2009 at 3:48 PM

No, you don't have to pay taxes when you take a cab. In the evening though the price goes up dramatically.

Comment by Paul Papadimitriou on June 3, 2009 at 12:50 PM

What an adjustment I had to make. Amazing service and you don't tip whereas in other countries, the service can be less-than-stellar while tipping is expected.
Gotta love Japan, really.

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