No Shoes

When or if you travel to Japan and hope to explore some of Japan’s historical buildings/temples (buddhist or shinto temples usually) you should probably expect there to be an instance where you’ll be required to take off your shoes. In Japanese traditional culture and modern culture shoes are to be left at the door when you enter homes. This also applies to Temples you may visit, at least 3 out of the 4 temples I visited in Japan had at least one area where you were perhaps not required but expected to remove your shoes. This is kind of nice because I spent most of my time in my shoes and wanted to get them off. It also keeps the floors very clean. Instead of wearing shoes around their house the Japanese wear slippers which whenever you visit a Japanese hotel you will be provided with a pair of slippers to walk around in. I even saw a Japanese woman wearing slippers on our flight back from Japan to go to the bathroom because she had taken her shoes off.  We take our shoes off in our homes in America but it is not expected and sometimes even discouraged.

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  1. stephjones Said:

    There is definitely a cultural difference. It shows respect when you remove your shoes at the temples. I thought it was nice how they provided slippers in the hotels for us to wear. I knew what to expect when came to removing your shoes in Japan. So I wasn’t taken out of my comfort zone.


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