Cats reign supreme in Japan. With more than 50 cat cafés in Tokyo, be sure to take yourself there and get a feline for the place.
More than ten of Japan’s islands are inhabited by cats. That’s right, not just cafés, but islands too.
Japan is home to plenty of cosplay restaurants, but the maid cafés are certainly one of the weirder places to grab a bite to eat. Inside you’ll see women dressed as maids, acting as servants and performing – all while serving up a drink and something to eat.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and also has a very eerie destination on its coordinates. Northwest of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest is a place with such a horrific history that many travelers are intrigued to see it for themselves. The forest is so dense that visitors who dare walk off the marked trails use colored ribbon to mark their way through the labyrinth of trees.
If you visit, you will see signs on various paths throughout the forest that offer messages of support to those who might be suffering through their own hardships.
You thought an island overrun by cats was weird? These monkeys are living the good life, kicking back in natural hot springs… FOR FREE.
Visit the cutest place on earth, Zao Fox Village, tucked away in the mountains of Miyagi Prefecture. Look at (but don’t touch) the smiling faces of wild foxes. You can buy food to feed them in the enclosed area for about ¥200.
Feast your eyes (and your growling tummies) at Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant in the Kabukicho district. You’ll be welcomed by a robotic brontosaurus, see robot fights, dancing women in bikinis, machines and special effects.
Travelers are often weirded out by Japan’s overwhealming obsession with the pinball-esque pachinko machines. Thousands of people feed money into the machines each day, sitting in smokey rooms, echoing with cartoon voices and SFX.
With a population of over 125 million people, it’s baffling to see so many of Japan’s islands colonialized by furry mammals. If you’re going to Hiroshima, add Okunoshima to your list.
Find your Zen on one of Japan’s infamous porcelain bowls (the toilet) and listen to the pleasant sounds of classical music.
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