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How much do I tip?

10-15% is normal/average in the US. What is normal percent in Japan? Also what is standard tip for hotel staff/drivers, etc

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Country: Japan

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we dont have tip in japan so u don have to tip in the hotels or taxi! what a nice country japan is!lol
Aloha Mark,
Japan does not have a tipping system for hotels or taxis. A further cultural point is that Japan is traditional on gifts to people you do know. If you travel here it is a good idea to have a few, small gifts with you, especially from your home location. They don't have to be fancy, but people you interact with will really appreciate the thought.
Best regards,
Kristopher
You have discovered by now that tipping is not necessary in Japan, the initial charge for a taxi is $7.10 JY 710 for the first 2 kilometers, some times I tip the driver if I take a taxi only a very short distance.

It is nice here that not everyone has their hand out waiting for a tip, service staff are paid more here than in America so tipping is not required.

Enjoy your stay in Japan,
Christiaan
You save 10-30% here in Japan by not having to tip! People seem to do wonderful service because they have pride in their job so just say a heart felt thank you and slight bow or Arrigato go zi mas
hi there :) As others above have mentioned, tipping is not expected here.
You will find that on a whole, Japanese people work very hard and are exceptionally polite to customers. They are not necessarily paid well though. I like to tip in taxis if the driver has gone the quick way!Or been very helpful etc. Maybe an extra 200yen...
One thing my parents do when they come over to visit from Australia, is bring little kangaroo badges/pins etc and give them to people who they meet etc. The receivers reaction is great to the small gift :) Just an idea!
Simply put, no tipping at all in Japan. But if you visit traditional inns (ryokan) some 'appreciation money' is given to the lady that shows you to your room, but even the Japanese don't really know this custom these days and it is certainly not expected from foreign visitors. So, enjoy your non-tipping trip here :)
The only situations in which you might want to tip, but are not obligated to~

Taxi driver : short ride or he seems knowledgable I'll round up a couple hundred yen
Local bar/izakaya owner : buy them a beer
Delivery driver : on stormy nights, round up to the nearest 100Y

The problem with tipping is that you suddenly enter into one of these reciprocating gift-giving relationships. The Japanese party doesn't know what the tip means, what your status is, and what rules to follow to properly compensate the additional cash.

If you REALLY want to tip without causing any confusion, go to a snack, kabakura, or hostess bar.
Even if you wanted to tip, it would only cause confusion, so don`t bother. Just learn how to say thank-you! The only exception I can think of is if you are in some of the "gaijin bars" which cater specifically to foreigners. Tipping culture is alive and well in these places, but because it is still technically Japan, you don`t absolutely have to tip.
Yo donñt have to tip in Japan
Yo donñt have to tip in Japan
Hi Mark, as everybody has already said it is ok if you do not tip. However, in my experience, if you want to tip, 500yen is great. It is up to you though. This is my general rule when I visit another country $5.

I dont know about this small gift thing ever. My wife is Japanese and she said its not really necessary. Maybe if you have a close friend here in Japan it could be a good idea butttt mmmmm. I think your just wasting your money. I would not bother myself. Ok good luck Mark. Any other questions please feel free to ask.
Woah! Woah! Hold those horses!
I have a tour company and yes, please tip!
Oh yeah, the bigger the better.

Anything over $200 is considered very gracious, by my standards, but even more will not be refused!

I don't take Visa, AMX or traveler's checks, gold is OK but not first born sons, stamps or coupons. Unless it is your inkan stamp linked to your bank account, because you don't really own that money; your inkan does. And if I have your stamp...guess who owns your money?

Please tuck the money (large bills accepted, and again, more is better) into one of those fancy-schmancy envelopes used for weddings or Summer Gift-Giving Season if possible. Lacking one of those, a large Manila envelope will sufice, or bank transfer envelope is fine.

I accept Pay Pal!

See, tipping in Japan IS accepted.
At special times, like New Years, weddings, divorce, beginning college, graduation, or flunking out tipping manditory.

Even non-special occasions require a tip!
A tip is appropriate when your friend goes into the hospital.
Consider it a, "thank you for being sick," gratuity.

Should he die, tip is expected at the funeral, too. If you were lucky enough to be hit-up when they "nu-in shimashita," or "checked in," consider the appropriate tip to be 3 times when he "checks out!"
For having the decency to go ahead and die, he should be paid, and I agree.

They even make a special dark and respectable-looking envelope for funerary tippage.
Note; don't tip the dead with your chop-sticks standing in your rice-bowl. It is considered poor form.

If you are unfortunately invited to a pot-luck or BBQ with Japanese friends, expect to be charged a "tip" of several grand, even if you did bring enough potato salad to choke a small army of horses. Or an army of small horses?

Oh Lordy! Now we are in it.

The Queens of the Self-inflicted Tip Industry. Don't even get me started on the snack-establishment practices! Don't walk in the door unless you are prepared to pay the Threshold Tip of about 5,000 yen. Drinks cost extra, and if you are foolish enough to actually speak to one of those Devils-Dressed-as-Geisha-Girls, just pull your wallet from it's hidey-hole and hand it over because it cuts right to the chase!

Any other misconceptions about tipping in Japan, contact me.
I can even tell you about tipping in jail if you need to know. You may need to, if you don't follow the tipperay rules of engagement.

Through no fault or skill of my own...I am #1, and you know the why.
I believe a tip of 10-20% is in order IF you have recieved good service. Bad service should NEVER recieve a tip in my opinion. Tipping is benificial for both parties. The service person recieves a much needed boost in income for a job well done. The tipper is remembered by the service person, thereby recieving better, more prompt service in the future.
Alaways remember to toip reasonably so as not to make it hard for the next person who will be served by your service provider.
I believe a tip of 10-20% is in order IF you have received good service. Bad service should NEVER receive a tip in my opinion. Tipping is beneficial for both parties. The service person receives a much needed boost in income for a job well done. The tipper is remembered by the service person, thereby receiving better, more prompt service in the future.
Always remember to tip reasonably so as not to make it hard for the next person who will be served by your service provider.
Hi! Japan does not have a culture of tipping. Actually, some establishments and people even get offended when you try to tip them. For them, the no extra payment is necessary for rendering services. However, some more recent establishments do accept tips but it is purely optional. So in summary, you don't have to tip when you are in Japan.

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