21 Reasons Why Traveling to Japan is a Complete Waste of Time

21 Reasons Why Traveling to Japan is a Complete Waste of Time

Want to go to Japan? Meh, just forget that idea.


That’s what you hear when you enter a Japanese restaurant. That is, if you can even hear their enunciation of the words…

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Don’t. Just don’t.

Why bother taking 8 hours on a airplane to experience Japan when everything you need is here?
Here are my reasons why taking that 8 hour flight to Japan [fzPrice]nrt[/fzPrice] would be a complete waste of time (well…. except for the airplane food and the airplane movies….).

1. Their mountains are bleh

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2. Japanese people dress weird

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3. And they take bathing too seriously

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4. Cherry blossoms are simply overrated

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Overhyped, overglorified, these cherry blossom are. They only appear for a short time during spring, and tourists are NEVER sick of the view. Why?! Isn’t it just a couple of flowers on trees, pink and white?

Even I could paint that on a guide-by-numbers. No biggie.

5. Everyone knows that Japan’s roller-coaster rides are not even scary…

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Dodonpa, Fuji Q Highlands – the fourth fastest roller coaster in the world, fastest acceleration in the world!

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Eejainaka, Fuji Q Highlands – also known as the world’s 2nd 4th dimension rollercoaster! i.e., the seat moves forward, backwards 360 degrees, while the ride goes 360 degrees as well.

Or rather, we should save ourselves from a heart-attack.

Also read: 13 Insane Roller Coasters in Asia to Include in a Thrill Seeker’s Bucket List

6. And that the festivals in Japan are pretty boring

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Jidai Matsuri

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival

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Kanamara Matsuri

An entire street filled with colorful floats, people dancing to festival music, people cheering… Just let me stay at home, willya?

7. There’s a crazy number of temples which all look identical

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Senso-ji, Tokyo

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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

What’s more, all the temples have a different story to tell about their history. Talk about an overload of boring information!

8. The shrines are never-ending too

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Fushima Inari, Kyoto

I wouldn’t have time to walk through thousands of torii gates which lead up a hill.

Also read: The Ultimate Kyoto Travel Guide

9. Not to mention the innumerable World Heritage sites

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Shirakawago, Gifu Prefecture

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Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

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Hiroshima Genbaku Dome, Hiroshima

10. What do I need castles for? I’m not royalty

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Osaka Castle, Osaka

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Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto

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11. Picking a cafe is always headache inducing

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Fukuro no Mise, Tokyo

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Aoyama Flower Market Tea House, Tokyo

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Moomin Cafe, Fukuoka

You are spoilt for choices for the type of cafe-hopping you’d like to do. Flower cafes? Cartoon themed cafes? Cat cafes? Owl cafes? How can we choose?

It was always easier with only one option – plain old hipster cafes.

12. Sometimes you find deers roaming around the streets

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Nara Park, Nara

There are actually deers hanging around in Japan… which you could feed, pet, or even take a selfie with.

Stay in your designated farms, deers!

13. Vending machines sell everything. Where’s the human touch?

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Also read: Bizarre Vending Machines in Japan – the Ayes and the Nays

14. The toilets are so advanced, they will freak you out

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So, many, buttons…

The toilets are more advanced than anywhere in the world. You’d have to learn how to harness its power…

15. The trains don’t wait for you – at all


Like who has time to be punctual, right?

The trains are impeccably punctual. And also spotlessly clean. Did you see the video where they clean the trains in 7 minutes?

16. Japanese food is just… okay

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And erm, if you haven’t seen this…

Forward to 2:14 for the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen in your life.

17. Plus you can find sushi anywhere in the world, right?

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Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo

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Why bother flying all the way to Japan to have fresh sushi and sashimi, and be served hot piping green tea, together with delectable other sides… when you can have it at home?

What’s more, it will cost you a bomb to have such heavenly food at a Michelin restaurant such as Sukibayashi Jiro. Not worth it, me thinks.

18. The electronic stores will burrow a hole in your pocket

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I mean, 5-storey high electronics stores… that’s way too much shopping.

19. And you will walk out of Don Quiote penniless

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Can I just say that you could buy anything, and I mean, anything, in this amazing store?

20. Pokemon is lame and they’re for kids

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Your pokemon ran out of energy? Defeated in a battle? Not to worry! Here’s a pokemon centre!

21. And so is this place

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Kawa….iiiiiiiiiiii…… in Sanrio Puroland. I meant, damnit, it’s too much for me to handle! I can’t be going to Japan!

So don’t even bother

See, this is why you should never bother even booking your tickets to go to Japan.
You’d never be able to handle this much of awesome that would be heading your way.

Trust me, I’ve been there.

Also read: 16 Things Japan Does Better Than Your Country

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Beverly Pao

Like many others, Beverly has many varied interests. She likes people... places... and things. Her parents are of Chinese descent, which is why she is so lively and colourful. When she's not binge-watching shows, she's always on the move to travel.