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10 unusual things in Tokyo

18th April 2018  

Vending machine

1. Vending machines

Office vending machines may be a regular thing but the dispensers in Japan aren’t just for snacks and drinks. These machines sell sushi socks, bottled flying fish, surgical masks, and canned carrots all around Japan. Not only this, you will also find vending machines selling coffee, beer, and sake (local Japanese liquor)!These vending machines are literally everywhere in Japan. They are cheap and amazing. If you don’t have change for the vending machine, you can use your IC card which is basically a rechargeable card that can be used to conveniently pay fares on public transportationand to make payments at a rapidly increasing number of vending machines, shops and restaurantsby simply touching the card on a reader for about one second.


Capsule hotel

2. Capsule Hotel

The capsule hotels were earlier built for businessmen but nowadays, they are more popular for low budget travellers and foreign tourists looking for an unique experience. Usually, a single capsule measures 1.2 meters wide, 2 meters long and 1 meter high and most people claim they are more comfortable than they look.They’re very different from other accommodation types: Individual pods, sometimes dozens to a room, each a self-contained mini-hotel room, with a bed, lights, and sometimes even a TV. Capsule hotels are common all around Japan, and they range from plastic tubs in a sci-fi setting to comfy sleeping mini-rooms with a window and a view.


Kanamara Penis Festival

3. Kanamara Penis Festival

KanamaraMatsuri, taking place every year in April in Kawasaki, is a Japanese spring festival held as a prayer for fertility, smooth marital relationships and business prosperity.April is an ideal time to visit Japan as not only the cherry blossom season is at its peak but also because of this craziest penis festival. This is a Shinto fertility festival and probably not the best time to spend with your parents. You will be surrounded by a lot of penis-shaped things, including, of course, lollies.The Kanamara Festival (aka the Penis Festival) at Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki features phallic images in everything from the decorations to snacks. There is also a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade of numerous giant phalli around noon.


Maid cafe

4. Maid cafes

Maid Cafe takes huge part of Otaku culture and one of the most iconic things in Tokyo. Guests are served by waitresses dressed up as maids and can enjoy communicating with them.Here you can enjoy cute pancakes, teddy shaped ice cream and all sort of colourful sundaes. All these will be served to you by innocent looking girls dressed as maids. Akihabara is the best place for these types of cafés. There are always girls dressed in ‘lolita’ outfits stopping men on the streets and taking them to the cafés.Maid cafes have become so embedded in Japan that it is hard to imagine Tokyowithout them. There are now more than 200 maid cafes in Japan, but the good news is that increased competition is making them much, much crazier.


Pachinko Parlour

5. Panchinko Parlours

Commonly mistranslated as 'vertical pinball,' pachinko is a noisy, smoky, time-consuming, and hypnotic form of gambling that plays a huge part in the Japanese economy. Newcomers to Japan often ask what those garishly lit, cheaply built buildings with names like Stardust, Paradise, and Omega are. Churches?Banks? No, they are pachinko halls, an integral feature of the Japanese cityscape. In pachinko, small steel balls, much smaller than those found in an ordinary pinball machine, are shot into a vertical playing field by gripping a knob on the lower right hand corner of the machine. If a ball enters the 'start' hole in the centre of the field, it activates a drum, much like the drum on a slot machine. About ten years ago, the majority of machines had revolving drums, but most machines now have animated screens instead.


Purikura photo booth

6. Purikura Photo Booth

Japanese photo booths and photo stickers are widely known as "purikura". It is the shortened form of purintokurabu which translates to "print club” . Though in the past these photo machines were so simple that they had nothing but photo frames, nowadays new features are continuously added such as: directly writing on the photos, numerous presets, background music, video taking, etc. Purikura machines can be found anywhere from modern department stores and game centres in Tokyo to the traditional streets in Kyoto. Purikura is a cheap way to keep your memory alive while having fun with your family, friends or lover.


Takeshita street Harajuka

7. Takeshita street / Harajuku

Harajukurefers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the centre of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is TakeshitaDori(Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.


Maricar

8. Maricar

Extremely exciting and a must have experience when you visit Tokyo Japan. Just imagine yourself on a custom made go kart specifically tailored to realize the Real Life SuperHero Go-Karting experience! Dress up in your favorite character costume, playing the music of your choice and driving through the city of Tokyo. All eyes on you guarantee! You can ride with a group or ride privately,MariCAR is fully equipped to make your experience a very important one. Don't trust us but trust our valued customers, because they say "Once is never enough"!


Toilets in Japan (read carefully to see what we mean)

9. Toilets

Everyone knows that the Japanese love their toilets. There are old-fashioned squat toilets which, to some westerners, are the most bizarre lavatories in the country. However, for most people, the country’s futuristic toilets get all the attention. Yet, there is room for both. On the subject of Japanese toilets, there is one undisputed expert. In Japan, you’re likely to encounter toilets and cleaning devices you would have never dreamed of using in your own country. These include familiar Western-style sitting toilets to older Japanese-style squatting toilets, not to mention the high-tech toilets featuring multiple functions that may make you laugh, cry, or sit up in your seat. Let's take a look at the different types of toilets in Japan and some useful toilet etiquette that you should be aware of prior to pushing any buttons.


Golden Gai

10. Golden Gai

Shinjuku, Tokyo, is known for skyscrapers, seedy nightlife, suited businessmen and a time-warped tumble of bars called Golden Gai. This perennial haunt of Tokyo’s salarymen has been getting a lot more international attention lately – and for good reason.While the city offers an endless range of flashy, neon-drenched clubs, bars and lounges, arguably only in Golden Gai can you see vestiges of the Japanese capital’s postwar nightlife – down to earth, locally-minded and still wonderfully bizarre. Golden Gai ("Golden District”) is one of those rare places in Tokyo that, through some combination of luck and stubbornness, hasn’t been bulldozed and redeveloped. Instead, it’s just a couple of blocks packed with tiny, slightly ramshackle but buzzing bars.The number of punters who can squeeze into each establishment ranges from about five to thirty, though most of them are on the smaller side. Each bar has its own hook, whether outlandish decor (from troll toys to hospital-themed uniforms), a signature drink or the promise of free, painfully off-key karaoke at all hours.


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