Tipping in Japan

Just the Tip of Gratuity Culture

Donny Kimball
9 min readDec 14, 2018

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A tourists doesn’t understand the local gratuity culture and wonders if he should or shouldn’t tip at a Japanese restaurant

Honestly, I shouldn’t have been laughing but I couldn’t help myself. I really do try to sympathize with the plight of visitors traveling abroad in foreign lands. This one, however, was just too comical. You see, right in front of my eyes, a scene was playing itself out that I had only heard mentioned in exaggeration. From what I could gather, a North American couple was making…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/