If you are looking for an incredible place to Ski or Snowboard this year then you should most certainly check out Madarao in Japan. Japan offers some of the most incredible conditions for skiing in the entire world. They boast deep and consistent powder, relatively untouched slopes and a culture that will render you awe-struck and inspired.
The Japanese culture is however vastly different to that of the western world and some other European skiing destinations such as the French Alps. In this light it is important that you brush up one a couple of essentials and basic etiquette before you arrive at your destination.
1: Blending in
One of the golden rules of travelling is trying to blend in. Now this is understandably easier said than done, being an Australian in Japan, though showing a little respect and taking an interest in their culture and matters that are important to them. The most important of which is minding your tone of voice. It is all too easy for English speaking westerners to come across as overbearing and loud or overly familiar so try to show a little respect and you will be welcomed with open arms.
2: Learn a few of the basics in Japanese
This isn’t an essentiality, though it will certainly go a long way towards making your life easier when travelling through Japan. A few simple words and phrases such as “Hello”, “Goodbye”, and “Nice to meet you” will make all the difference and make you feel more at ease as well. You will find some basics, here.
3: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
Within reason! Don’t walk around trying to pretend that you are Japanese, but simply do as they do in the sense that you are respectful of their values. For example: tipping is not a common practice in Japan and is often considered as rude. This may be quite hard to wrap your head around coming from a western culture, though it is something that you must bear in mind so as not to offend anyone.
Also, be prepared to take your shoes off in most places. The Japanese are a very clean people so follow their lead on this. Do not litter and try not to eat in places where nobody else is eating. Again, some of these things may seem rather trivial to you, but a little manners costs nothing right?
4: Gift Giving
If you have thoroughly enjoyed your skiing holiday and you want to reward or thank some of the staff at your resort; tipping is going to feel like the most natural thing to do. Again, as we’ve established leaving a tip can actually be considered as being rude, however gift giving is a different thing entirely. If you really want to make an impact on the people that you are staying with then gifting them something from home will go down very well indeed.
5: Credit Cards are rarely accepted
Carrying cash around with you may not feel safe, or natural, though it will likely be your best option if you don’t want to find yourself stuck and unable to pay for something. Japan is largely a cash based country so do bear in mind that most places will not accept a credit card before you travel. It is always best to ensure that you have plenty of cash, kept safely on you.
So there you have it: a few basic bits of information that will assist you on your holiday to Japan. You will never experience a holiday quite like it, particularly if you are skiing. The Japanese are a wonderfully kind and patient people who will most certainly go above and beyond to ensure that your holiday will be one to remember. Find information on our amazing offers, here.