If you are interested in staying with a Japanese family during your visit, here are a couple things to keep in mind. Japanese people love meeting foreigners. Most hosts cannot speak fluently, but gestures are universal and small simple dialogue is usually enough to enjoy dinner. You do not need to worry about offending your Japanese host family as long as you follow along a few set customs.
Below are just a few helpful tips to ensure that things go smoothly when participating in a home stay experience.
Anytime you need to step up to enter, it is a good sign to remove your shoes.
Eat a small bite of everything prepared for you before you decline anything.
Keep in mind that although you are paying for this experience this is not a hotel or B&B and that you have being given permission to stay with a Japanese family. You are a guest, not a customer.
Other than the above listed, you will be forgiven for most mistakes, so relax and enjoy your time together!