Elevator Manners In Japan: 5 Things You Should Know

Elevator Manners In Japan: 5 Things You Should Know


Manners differ in every country and that applies to elevator manners as well. You might think elevator manners are universal (being completely silent is one habit), but some of these Japanese elevator manners might surprise you!


5 Japanese Elevator Manners You Should Know

1. Let the people come out before you get in.

This is probably a universal rule that applies everywhere but some people still neglect this and squeeze right in!
Please be mindful of people who are coming out, stand aside, and make space for them.

2. Becoming the elevator boss.

If you are the first to enter an empty elevator, you automatically become the elevator boss. You are now responsible for holding the door open for others, asking which floor they’re going to, and pressing the buttons for them. You do this until it is your turn to get off.

3. Step out to make space.

If you find yourself standing in the middle of a crowded elevator, chances are there is someone stuck behind you who is trying to squeeze their way out. Instead of shifting to the side, make things easier for other people by stepping out of the elevator to make way, and then going back in after people come out.

4. Don’t talk or laugh loudly.

If it is not necessary, refrain from talking inside the elevator. Especially now that we are living in the new normal world with the virus.

5. Press the first floor button.

This one is probably the most thoughtful and represents Japanese culture the most in my opinion. Especially if you live in an apartment, or stay in a small hotel, this is a good manner to practice.

This manner is used when you get in an elevator and see someone approaching from a distance but you are in a hurry or they might be too far away for you to wait.

Before you get off on your floor, press the button for the first floor so that after you get off, the elevator goes down to the first floor on its own and arrives in time for the other person to get on without them having to wait long.

Final Thoughts

Which of the Japanese elevator manners surprised you the most?

Let us know in the comments!

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