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March 6, 2008 9:29 PM Subscribe
What should I expect as a heavily tattooed person traveling for a month in Japan?
posted by youthenrage to travel & transportation around Japan (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I´ll be in Japan for a month, starting in a couple days. Traveling all around. I have a lot of tattos. None of them are on my hands or above my collar. In short sleeves or shorts, they are very visible. Fortunately it will be early spring when I'm there, so I'll be in long sleeves and pants most of the time, but what level of discrimination can I expect? I've heard 3rd hand stories of friends-of-friends not being allowed into certain stores or restaurants. Will I get turned away from clubs? What about Onsen? I'm used to having people stare at me/approach me from going to the beach in South America, but I feel like Japan might be a little more... intense. I'm about as gringo as you can get, blond hair and all that, so there's no mistaking me for Yakuza. Whats the best way to deal with it if people are offended or try to discriminate against me? Ignore it, let it slide and move on?