Surprisingly, animal cafes, or the concept of a café or restaurant where you dine with a feathered or furry friend, isn’t originally from Japan but Taiwan. Still, there’s no denying it’s the Japanese that launched the idea into the mainstream, and we can thank the popularity of cat/reptile/bird cafés in Tokyo for the range of popup animal cafés across Europe, America and beyond.
You can’t miss a Love Hotel. They usually look like something from Disney with gaudy designs and names that may have a double entendre.If you are driving and do actually want to be discreet for that afternoon tryst, the car parks are always tucked away and I have even seen registration plates covered over in some. Don't be shy, just go in and have a look.
The Japanese really go beyond ordinary when it comes to hotel comforts and the capsule hotels (kapuseru hoteru) are no exception providing a small, compact room for sleeping, yet gives you a new hotel experience you cannot find in many countries.
So here for you today, I present my top 10 of Japan’s strangest foods. Some of them are actually quite tasty, if you have the courage, or the ignorance, to eat them without considering the ingredients. A word of warning though, please don’t read this if you’re feeling squeamish, or if you’ve just eaten your lunch!
If you've ever been to Japan, you may have been lucky enough to come across one of ultra-modern, futuristic toilets, perhaps in a high-class restaurant, universities or inside a business building.
One of my most vivid memories my first week in Japan was the sight of two giant fembots being lugged around by a Hummer on the streets of Shinjuku. The restaurant / cabaret show garners a sparkling 4.5 star average on Tripadvisor, earning almost universal praise since its debut in 2012.
The Japanese Harvest Festival (Hōnen Matsuri) has caught the imagination and interest of tourists for many years. This can be seen in the wide variety of people who flock to the Tagata Shrine on March 15th every year which is close to Komaki and just north of Nagoya.