TIPPING -- Tipping is simply not done in Japan, anywhere; not for restaurants, hotels, taxis, or anything else. Some say that service people will be insulted if you try, but I have the feeling they'd be more confused than upset. Service people in tourist locations will probably be more used to people trying to tip them, and for all I know some might even accept them. Tipping will never be expected, however.
" -- wa doko des'ka?" "Where is -- ?" " -- wa dochira des'ka?" "Which way is -- ?" hidari left migi right massugu straight densha train eki train station -sen train line (e.g., Chuo-sen = Chuo line) futsuu regular kyuukou express tokkyuu special express Shinkansen bullet train kippu ticket -- ban sen track number -- -- sha car number -- teiki pass chikatetsu subway hikouki airplane basu bus takushii taxi (saying "taxi" will usually do) michi, doro street shingo traffic light