More bloody Japanese tourists


I did this topic a few years ago, so here is an update from goo Ranking into what kinds of Japanese tourist-like behaviour people find themselves doing at foreign destinations.


Over the 8th and 9th of June 2012 1,092 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.1% of the sample were female, 10.8% in their teens, 15.8% in their twenties, 28.9% in their thirties, 26.3% in their forties, 10.2% in their fifties, and 8.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Birds of a Feather

My wife does the photos (and videos) everywhere, seeing the sights through the viewfinder, which I do find awfully pointless. From the two tours I’ve been on, the biggest single surprise to me was rather than number 5, doing everything in a group, was the unwillingness to do things on one’s own, instead relying on the guide to do everything.

Ranking results

Q: What kinds of Japanese tourist-like behaviour do you find yourself doing at foreign destinations? (Sample size=1,092)

Rank Score
1Taking commemerative photos everywhere100
2Following the course in the guide book to the letter76.7
3Buying lots of brand-name goods69.4
4Putting valuables in a waist pouch, shoulder bag55.5
5Doing everything in a group51.2
6Taking photos of food with my mobile phone, smartphone47.1
7Doing the opional tours44.1
8Forgetting to tip43.7
9Going to Japanese restaurants43.3
10Going to the duty free shop before departure42.8
11Queueing up for commemerative photos, at photo spots40.7
12Sticking “Sorry!” everywhere in English conversation31.3
13Replying to calls from touts26.8
14Hanging a camera round my neck26.6
15Not meeting the eyes of foreigners24.6
16Always giving tips22.3
17Slurping pasta, etc22.0
18Making mistakes with the dress code19.9
19Not carrying passport, other identity certificates with me (leaving them at the hotel safe)19.7
20Worrying about sunburn17.8
21Wearing expensive clothes, jewelry, etc16.9
22Talking in a loud voice12.8
23Entering busy shops12.2
24Going everywhere in beach sandals11.4
25Splitting the bill at restaurants11.3
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