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14 Reasons Why Everyone Needs To Visit Japan At Least Once

Ever thought about traveling the world? Who doesn’t? Every once in a while, we develop a desire to leave the busy life behind and find inner peace in the endless hustle of life. Of course, everyone has a different way of approaching it. Some prefer shopping, gatherings, or meeting new people, and some want to get lost in this amazing world. Japan is one of those places which offer both. It’s not only striking and breath-taking, but it’s also picturesque and crazy.

Real-Life Mario Kart

Real-life Mario Kart, Japan
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What’s better than playing Mario Kart on PS? Playing it in real life! Tokoyo allows you street go-karting. You dress up as your favorite character and drive on the streets, bridges, and highways. Imagine seeing a blue shell along your way; that’d be something, right?

Capsule Hotels

Capsule Hotels
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Capsule sized rooms, better known as pod hotels, attract thousands of tourists that visit Japan. They’re comparatively cheaper and offer all the amenities, including the internet. The interior is not big and lavishing but not too small either. It’s cozy and the best option for people who are traveling alone.

Ichiran Ramen

Ichiran Ramen
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Heads up, fellow introverts, this is just your place. Inchiran Ramen restaurant is a place with fabulous sitting arrangements. You’ll have a small cabinet-like table just for yourself, and you can slurp up your noodles with your mouth wide open. Some call it introvert paradise, but of course, anyone can enjoy the delicious noodles.

Karaoke

Karaoke
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There’s nothing new about Karaoke, so what’s different about karaoke in Japan? Well, it’s always best from where it begins. Karaoke was invented in Kobe, Japan. Karaoke nights in Japan have a totally different vibe. With some street beer or saki, it will be totally different from any other karaoke bar you might have been to.

Temples

Temples
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When you talk about temples in Japan, there’s no just one temple visit. Rich in heritage and culture, Japan has some of the most beautiful and peaceful temples. Higashi Hongan-ji in Kyoto, A torii at the entrance of Shitennō-ji, Osaka, Honden of the Zennyo Ryūō shrine, Kyoto, and many more. The experience is even more serene during the spring season, with Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. Just another great reason you need to visit Japan.

Crazy Cafes

Crazy cafe
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Japan is a hub for all kinds of restaurants and cuisines, but few can compete with when it comes to themed cafes. Anime lovers or otaku get attracted to such places the most. Cafes like Maid cafe, Ninja Akasaka: Ninja cafe, or Cuddle cafe, are some of the most weirdly-amusing cafes you’d ever come across.

Robot Friendly

Robot Friendly
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Ever had a robot as your waiter? Japan is famous for its humanoid robots, entertainment robots, and even animal robots. There’s a whole cafe based on and operated by robots. Some hotels even make use of humanoids as receptionists or bell-boys to assist the customers.

Tokyo Disney Sea

Tokyo Disney Sea
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Tokyo, Japan, is the only place in the world with a Disney World along with the DisneySea. It’s based on Disney’s marine characters, and they even put on a small show for the visitors. Some even say DisneySea is more fascinating than Disney World in Japan.

Order Food From A Vending Machine

Order Food from a Vending Machine
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We all have seen vending machines, and even some use them daily. But have you ever bought a full course meal rather than just canned goods? In Japan, several restaurants work with a vending machine, which provides food at a very reasonable price. All you have to do is insert money, select your favorite dish, select the size, and done. Don’t forget to collect your change!

Foodgasm

Foodgasm
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Being surrounded by water, Japan has a very diverse and rich taste in seafood. People travel around the globe just to taste some of the rarest fish and sea animals. Jellyfish is the weirdest of all. There’s sushi, of course, and some mind-boggling street food and local desserts. If you call yourself a foodie, then jump right on the streets of Japan to taste the wonders.

P.S.: don’t forget the gold flaked ice cream.

Ōkunoshima

Ōkunoshima
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It’s a small island in the inland sea of Japan. Over 300 rabbits inhabited the island in 2007, and today it has more than 900 rabbits on the island. There no entry fee to see the rabbits as they’re literally everywhere on the island. The Island, back in 1944, was exposed to several chemicals and gases, which attract many tourists to see the ruins. Some part of it has not been cleaned since then because of Japanese taboo; it’s a very sensitive topic.

Onsen

Onsen
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Onsen basically means hot springs. Most onsens in Japan come along with facilities and traditional practices. It’s mostly 5-7 baths, including solo, separate ones for men and women, or common for both. Even though, traditionally, the person entering should be naked, but a towel or YUKATA is provided there. Water is calmingly warm, and the environment around is peaceful. Perfect stress reliever.

Ninja Museum

Ninja Museum
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Japanese history includes many manuscripts about the art of stealth mastered by the Japanese. A museum in Igyaru allows you to experience medieval times. Samurai costumes and Ninja shows, along with antiques and scrolls, are on display as well. How cool would it be to see an actual Ninja in real life? Sure ask for a photo!

Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama
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It is a commercial monkey park filled with 170 macaque monkeys. These monkeys are wild and can only be fed with food purchased at the site. There’s a bamboo forest along the way. So is a long green pathway with some birds and fresh air. It’s like spending your day in the arms of nature and feeding monkeys along the path. If nature interests you, then you know where to go.

The year is not with us, but there’s always a tomorrow. I hope this made you want to hop into your traveling clothes and explore as much as you can. You can travel with your parents, kids, friends or solo. This place allows all age groups to enjoy every little thing. It would be the craziest yet calm getaway. Now, if you haven’t already, add Japan to your traveling list now!

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