When we decided to visit Japan, we knew we had to tick off as many fun but weird and wonderful things the country is known for. We had two weeks to see as many as we could, so here’s our 10 fun things to do in Japan you won’t find anywhere else in the world!
1. Animal Cafes – especially the Hedgehog Cafe!
Steve loved Harry The Hedgehog Cafe in Harijuku, Tokyo
We went to the cat cafe, owl cafe and the hedgehog cafe all based within walking distance of each other in Harijuku in Tokyo. Harry The Hedgehog cafe was our favourite at a slightly more expensive rate of AU$15 for 45 minutes. It was definitely one of the more fun things to do in Japan for us!
2. Maid café
A rare opportunity to photograph a maid in the streets of Akihbara, Tokyo
Visiting Japan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a Maid Cafe. Most of them are based up in Akihbara. It’s honestly one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen! We played games with the maids and had our photo taken with them. It’s a bizarre but a must do when visiting the country!
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3. Electric town
Akhibara in Tokyo is the place to see the modern tech side of Japan.
Electric town is such a bizarre place, you’ll need to go and check out the famous pochinko games people spend hours playing as it’s the gaming centre of Japan.
4. Robot Restaurant
Robot Restaurant is the number 1 weirdest thing to see in Japan. Think of people dressed up as aliens dancing along to Michael Jackson or Bruno Mars and you’ll be about right.
5. Ninja restaurant
The Ninja Restaurant in Akasaka, Tokyo is a must visit.
When we found out about all of the random themed restaurants in Japan, we knew we had to go to The Ninja Restaurant, and boy, it did not disappoint! We absolutely loved the restaurant for it’s incredible village set in the restaurant to the awesome waiters and not forgetting the top notch food. For a 5 course tasting menu for 2 will set you back 20,000 Yen (approx AU$250).
6. Ninja village
We had loads of fun at the Koka Ninja Village near Kyoto. We made a real effort to go to the Ninja Village outside of Kyoto. Getting there itself was a bit of a mission as we got off the train a little early and hired bikes to cycle there which was beautiful in the Japanese countryside. Although the Ninja Village itself was actually quite rundown, we had loads of fun dressing up and having a laugh as Ninjas’!
7. Kagaya restaurant
Kagaya Restaurant is my favourite crazy thing to do in Japan!
To me, Kagaya Restaurant is the biggest gem of the wackiest things we found in Japan. Based in Tokyo, this one of a kind restaurant is a one man show ran by a comedian. We had a teddy bear serve us drinks to a barbie doll chat up Steve, we honestly hadn’t laughed more than on this night. You must book ahead by phone to make sure you get into this gem. Best of all, the prices are super friendly for dinner.
8. Gotokuji Cat temple
There are a couple of wacky temples to visit in Japan like the gadget temple you can have your gadgets blessed and the cat temple. We opted for the cat temple in Tokyo which is a great find. The grounds of the temple are also beautiful too!
9. Feed wild deer in Nara Park
The deer were loving Steve big time!
When we heard there are wild deer roaming the streets in Nara (which is near Osaka) we actually couldn’t believe it when we saw it for our own eyes. You can also find wild deer in Miyajima near Hiroshima but there’s way more in Nara and they are much friendlier too. It was one of the weirdest but amazing things we’ve ever seen with deer stopping traffic to walk across the street and hang out by the incredible temples.
10. Hang out with the locals in Piss Alley
We had so much fun with Japanese people in Piss Alley!
One of our favourite things we did in Japan was hanging out with the locals at a tiny bar in Piss Alley in Tokyo. We had so much fun, that no alcohol was even required because the Japanese people have infectious personalities, it’s hard not to have a laugh with them!
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One of the main reasons I wanted to go to Japan was to dress up as Mario and drive go karts around Tokyo like in the game Mario Kart. Unfortunately you need an international drivers licence to do it so we couldn’t go. Next time though, next time!
Are the any other fun things we’ve missed off our list that you must visit in Japan? Let us know in the comments!
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