Going to Tokyo with Tattoos
I am planning a honeymoon to Tokyo later this year. One issue is that I do have tattoos. Even being a Westerner, tattoos are still frowned upon. For the over that, having a tattoo is the equivalent of being in a gang. Of course knowing this, I will definitely cover up my tattoos. It also means that I cannot go to spas with my fiance because a lot of places do not allow people with tattoos. If I go into a restaurant, I better make sure my ink is covered otherwise they would refuse service. I am not saying every place is like that but it is best to err on the side of caution so as to not offend anyone.
As I was researching through forums and blogs yesterday, it did amaze me on the people who did decide to show ink over in Japan. Some people with met with curiosity. Others were met with nervousness and fear. I do find that when traveling to a foreign country, it is always a good idea to respect their customs and traditions.