Only in Japan: Weird Sights That Travellers Can Spot

Only in Japan: Weird Sights That Travellers Can Spot

We've made a list of those strange things that can only be found in Japan.

An immensely beautiful nature, rich history and the most delicate cuisine – Japan offers many reasons for a visit. However, there is another side to Japan – one that is rather strange and and exclusive to Japan; one that can be labelled as #OnlyInJapan.

Come with us on a visual journey to explore strange toilets, comics coming to live, proud mobsters and much more.

Also read: 16 Things Japan Does Better Than Your Country

1. Eat…. food that stares at you from behind dark sunglasses

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2. The Japanese pack everything nicely… including individual ears of corn

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3. Pudding with a… curious taste (and shape)

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4. Take to the skies in a flying Pokemon vessel!

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5. The world’s a real-life manga comic everywhere you turn

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6. Jam-packed jam sessions

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7. Feel like a pea in a pod in one of these overnight capsule pods

8. Chill out with monkeys in hot tubs

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9. A stark reminder of the horrors of war

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10. Stranger than (Maid’s) fiction

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11. Feast your eyes on a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha) as she weaves her way through the streets

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12. Get your kawaii (Japanese for ‘cute’) on in an instant photo booth

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13. Beware of the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia), who wear their tattoos proudly on their sleeves

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14. Have an out-of-the-world meal at an outer space themed restaurant

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15. Be witness to a Rock n’ Roll revival

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16. Have mass picnics under the sakura (cherry blossom) trees

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Also read: 10 Things That Are Rude to a Japanese But Not to You

17. Buy wacky accessories for your phone – tiny cactus, anyone?

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18. Square watermelons. ‘Nuff said.

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Also read: 7 Types of Seriously Weird Hotels You Can Find in Japan

19. Everyday is a different style

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If you have been to Japan before, you might have seen some of these curiosities before. Japan has surprises at every corner, and they are a delight to experience and understand. Enjoy your exploration!

Also read: 20 Essential Tips for Your First Time in Japan

About Author

Peter Schimke
Peter Schimke

Peter is a freelance writer and author of the novel ‘Beyond Blue’. He has travelled extensively over the past decade and for some reason ends up where there are no tourists to be found. Cocktail bars, bookstores and skate parks are the places you might run into him. He currently calls Singapore his home, as he his banned from Shinjuku, Tokyo (after publishing his book).


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