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45+ Photos That Show How Japan Is Out Of This World

Many of us dream of traveling to other countries to see the sights and interact with people from different cultures. It’s natural for us to want to explore the world, and when we ask people to name the countries they’d most like to visit, Japan is always on the list. Widely known for their widely popular contributions to the animation industry as well as for their technological advancements, this fascinating country is certainly a must-travel destination!

So join us as we take a tour around ‘the land of the rising sun’ in this collated list of exciting and unusual photos from Japan that truly showcase the wonders and people of the fascinating country. From their dressed-up cars to the wacky meals, some things are just so distinctly Japanese and we can’t wait to visit!

Spinner Squad

We still remember the time when fidget spinners were all the rage. One couldn’t enter any store without spotting them on the shelves, and all the kids sported one or more of these toys on their fingers. These whimsical playthings got marketed as a way to increase concentration, and it was just so cool to see them spinning around.

Although the fad seemed to pass just as fast as it came, it looks like it became a huge trend in Japan, as evidenced by this photo of a group of girls proudly parading their fidget spinner costumes. We have to applaud the creativity and dedication to the outfits; their headpieces look well-made and they even colored their hair to match.

Supermarket Baby

With all the people going in and out of a supermarket, it’s no surprise that a lot of weird or unusual things often happen in these places. Most people usually ignore the occasional scene, but we don’t think we could turn a blind eye if we saw one of these mascots walking around our local supermarket.

For starters, we’re not even sure what this costume is supposed to be. Is it a harmless sausage-shaped baby or a bright red drumstick with an unusually large head? We’re still trying to figure out if the baby head is creepy or cute, but whatever it is, we’re certainly interested in what it’s selling.

Cooperative Queues

We’re all familiar with the usual train station or subway situation—people all in a rush, crowding at the edge of the platform and trying to wrestle everyone else out of their way so they can get inside the trains first. With that in mind, this photo from Japan seems like a scene from an unrealistic movie.

Well, believe it or not, this is a usual sight in a Japanese train station. People willingly and politely line up in two neat rows as they wait, then make way for the people disembarking before stepping into the train. This just goes to show that if they can do it, we can too.

Hog On The Road

Imagine going about our day as we drive to the office, then suddenly hearing an “oink, oink” behind us and turning our heads just in time to see a pink pig zoom past us on the street. We’d probably do a double-take and think we’re dreaming, but not if we’re in Japan!

This photo of a motorcycle dressed up as a pig got captured in the streets of Japan, and honestly, we’re not surprised. This well-made moped costume probably made everyone who saw it smile, and even the hog and its owner look absolutely delighted! Apparently, it’s not unusual to see vehicles donning disguises around the city.

Paid Power Naps

For most of us, anyone getting caught napping while at work would lead to inevitable consequences because employers expect us always to perform at our peak and leave all the resting for home. It may be unbelievable to some, but in the country of Japan, napping on the job is thought to be a good thing.

Japanese citizens take their work very seriously, and when one gets caught napping at his desk, it just means that he’s worked himself to the bone and is exhausted. We think they’re onto something, as mid-day naps are now proven to be good for increasing focus and concentration. Someone, please let us know how we can secretly send this to our bosses.

Escalator Duty

Out-of-order escalators are a bit of a hassle, but most of us don’t really mind. Clear posters and signs often get used to announce that a particular escalator isn’t working and to point out where a nearby elevator or flight of stairs is. In Japan, however, they take things to the next level.

Employing a security guard for this purpose might seem unnecessary to some, but that is just precisely what they do in Japan, as evidenced by this photo. A broken escalator might pose some dangers, and we’re guessing this is more effective than a sign that not everyone will bother to read.

Anime Train

People all over the world get enamored and delighted by the various animated shows made available from Japan. So it should come as no surprise that some of the avid fans come from the birthplace of anime itself. Japanese citizens are known to be great cosplayers, and we can’t argue with that.

This photo, taken inside a train in Japan, shows a line of people dressed up as various anime characters. Aside from the elaborate outfits, they also have what seems to be sturdy animated heads with colorful wigs. We’ll just have to give them all an A+ for the creative effort.

Robocops Rocking Out

While it may be an odd sight to see cosplayers out and about in our local cities, it’s apparently a common sight in the streets of Japan. For those who have seen the sci-fi action film ‘RoboCop,’ this photo is sure to bring back some fond memories.

Although we’re not really sure what’s happening in this picture, what could go wrong with two ‘RoboCop’ characters playing guitar in what seems to be a disco-themed mall? Perhaps it’s a robot-themed birthday party, or maybe a promotion for a reboot movie, but whatever the occasion is, we’d love to join in because this looks like a lot of fun.


‘Teletubbies’ was one of the more popular shows for kids born in the ’90s. The characters’ cute faces and huggable physiques made us all want to go and give them a big old squeeze. After seeing this photo, however, we’re now having mixed feelings about these former faves.

Only in Japan could we possibly see a picture like this. There’s just something so unnerving at the sight of those cartoon faces on ripped and muscular bodies. For what it’s worth, though, they did a pretty good job with the costumes and even got the colors right; the only question we have now is why?

Human Sized Hello Kitty

Japan is known for its diversity and traditions, but we didn’t expect them to be such huge fans of Hello Kitty. While we are all fans of the fictional character, and we get that Japan is the country of her origin, we didn’t think adults would be smitten by the feline and actually create costumes for it.

This guy took it a step further and combined two of his favorite characters, Darth Vader and Hello Kitty, and we must say, he did a fantastic job! It might look a tad weird, but we love it anyway, and we bet this creative cosplayer turned heads whenever he went.

Seeing Is Believing

Many times when out at restaurants, we have seen tantalizing images of food and ordered something thinking it would look as delicious as it did on the menu. Unfortunately, just as often, we have been massively disappointed. Yet it seems like in Japan; one doesn’t have to deal with that as what one orders is indeed precisely what they get.

Isn’t it refreshing to get what one has ordered, looking as beautiful as it is in the picture? This person had this experience first-hand when ordering a Starbucks American cherry pie, which was identical to the one advertised. Now, that’s brilliant, and we’re wondering, how do they do it?

New Look Costco

Being an international brand, it isn’t surprising to see a Costco in Japan, and while the quality of the products sold in all their stores is consistent, things are run differently depending on the location. Take this particular one, for instance; it doesn’t look like anything we’re used to.

While most of the stores get disorganized and rowdy during peak hours, this one almost looks deserted, even though plenty of customers are thronging the premises. The crowds are orderly, moving about their business without any rush, and everything, including the shopping carts, is well organized. Imagine the bliss, shopping here!

Mouth-Watering Hospital Food

We don’t think there’s anyone who loves hospitals; generally, no one likes being ill, and while in many developed countries, healthcare is perfect, one thing that isn’t up to speed is the hospital food. Most times, it isn’t as delicious, but one has to eat it anyway. Yet, the Japanese do things differently over there.

Their hospital cuisine looks so good that one might think they’re in a five-star restaurant. These images are ample proof that the Asian country is miles ahead of other nations when it comes to taking care of their patients; one glance at that food, and we’re already drooling.

Rear-View Revelations

This might look like a scene from a horror or comedy film, but it is something that actually happened in Japan. The country’s residents are huge fans of anime, costumes, and comics, so much so that they transform some of their cars into comic-style rides. Fun, isn’t it?

Yet, as a new person in the area, it might scare someone when they’re driving down the street and a glance up the rear-view mirror, they see a pink mouse-like car following them. While some will be fascinated by it, we bet others would freak out, but they’d better get used to it. Scenes like this are pretty common in Japan.

Lost & Still Found

Many visitors to Japan have similar experiences of accidentally leaving behind their belongings somewhere in the country, then returning or retracing their steps and finding their stuff exactly where they lost it or in the care of concerned citizens. It’s a testament to the honest nature of Japanese culture.

This person’s story took it a step further. They had left their shopping bags accidentally somewhere in Osaka. When they came back, the bags were still there and even placed next to a tree, so they were not in the way of passing pedestrians. It’s a gesture that we wish would be replicated everywhere.

Self-Cleaning Classes

When Japanese educators say that they teach kids everything in school, they really mean everything. Apparently, most Japanese schools do not employ any of their own janitorial or cleaning personnel. So the students are in charge of cleaning their classrooms and hallways as part of a regular school day.

Taking on this responsibility is the children’s way of giving back to their school and their teachers. It is also a great way to teach teamwork, cleanliness, and taking care of one’s surroundings. This sounds like a fantastic idea, though we’re unsure how youngsters in other countries might feel about doing this.

A Chicken Bucket For Christmas

Most Western countries celebrate the Christmas holidays by having a nice turkey dinner, with potatoes, vegetables, and gravy on the side. Yet in the land of the rising sun, there’s a different kind of Christmas tradition enjoyed by many households: a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas dinner!

Alright, we admit KFC is good any time of the year anyway, so this seems like a great idea for enjoying the holidays with the family. We especially love the Yuletide-themed bucket that really amps up the seasonal feel of this fried chicken festival. The even better part of this Japanese tradition? No cooking necessary! Just drive through the store and pick up that ready-made Christmas meal.

They Actually Follow The Rules

Someone took this snapshot of a busy public area where the left side of the stairs going up is full of pedestrians, and the right side of the stairs going the opposite direction is practically empty. We’re guessing it’s rush hour because of the horde of people going up the flight of stairs.

Now, if this were the scenario in most metropolitan areas elsewhere in the world, one would expect pedestrians to disregard the arrow signs and proceed to use the right side so they can move faster. Yet, in Japanese society, where everything stays organized and good manners are the norm, such actions would be frowned upon.

An Actual Apology

When the owner of this bike came back to where he had parked earlier, he found this note and a paper bill. Apparently, someone had accidentally knocked over his vehicle and the bell got broken as a result. So the stranger decided to leave this note of apology along with 1,000 yen to cover the cost.

Most people will probably just put the bike back in its original position and then go on their way. Not this offender. He not only owned up to his error but also paid for it. Here is something we can all learn from this: always doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Foot Soak On The Go

Anyone riding this train would feel like VIPs during their travel because of a special kind of service – footbaths! We all know we can soak our feet for free only at home or on public beaches, so being able to do it on public transportation is unexpected.

Yet, they have this in Japan, and one thing we can say about it is, make it happen everywhere else. Sitting down during long commutes is an opportunity for busy people to relax, even if only for a short period. Adding a footbath would make trips a way to de-stress. There’s just something about the experience that soothes the body, which is why it remains ever-popular in spas.

The Tree That Always Blossoms

If there’s something better than a beautiful blooming cherry blossom tree, it’s one made of legos. For those wondering why it’s strongly preferable to the real one, it’s because the plastic version won’t wilt or shed. As it happens, there is just such a tree and we can find it only in Japan.

The attraction is located in the country’s ‘Legoland’ – one only has to take a trip to Japan to see this plastic masterpiece in person. It’s highly recommended to visit this work of art at night when the lanterns on the tree get lit. Due to its size, this Lego masterpiece even made it into the ‘Guinness Book of World Records.’

Don’t Try To Eat These

For anyone wondering if food displays are real, they usually are, unless found in Japan. When we go to malls and grocery stores, we often see cooked dishes spread out for customers to see. Sometimes they look as if they are almost rotting, and it’s because they are. Unfortunately, so much food is getting wasted for the sake of having a great-looking display.

So leave it to the innovative Japanese to think of a way to avoid wastage at the expense of aesthetics. Instead of showing off the genuine edible items, they use fakes ones made of plastic. Of course, don’t forget this detail when visiting Japan to avoid accidentally biting into plastic sushi!

Immaculate Color-Coordination

If there’s one thing people from other countries greatly admire about the Japanese, it’s their discipline – because of it, their country stays immaculate. Imagine citizens falling in line on subway stations even when no authorities tell them to do so. So, it’s safe to say that discipline is something ingrained into the Japanese people.

Therefore, it isn’t surprising that airport workers arrange luggage by color. It’s refreshing to see this order, especially when we’re used to our belongings almost thrown into conveyor belts. Well, it’s Japan, so airport personnel being creative and colorful is to be expected. Thanks to this unique arrangement, travelers easily spot their luggage as they come out of the baggage carousel.

Kiddie Caboose

Parents would agree how difficult it is to travel for long hours with young kids in tow. Children can get bored quickly and often want to explore around; when stopped, they can even cry or throw a fit. In addition, it’s stressful for parents and other passengers when youngsters wail incessantly in public transportation.

The Japanese came up with a solution to this dilemma, and it was installing this entertaining structure on trains. For those who don’t recognize what this is, it’s a miniature replica of a train driver’s control panel. Young kids could pretend they are driving the train throughout the ride, thus avoiding any boredom.

Honoring Time

Using public transport in most countries is not only convenient but also cost-effective thus a large number of people gravitate towards it. It is, however, not unheard of that the service will occasionally experience delays up to hours on end. We are accustomed to receiving apologies for such occurrences even when it does little to rectify the matter.

It is another story altogether when a train leaves the station earlier than scheduled; we mean just seconds earlier, and the station issues a written apology. This happened in Tokyo with the Tsukuba Express when it departed 20 seconds earlier. It may not have caused too much inconvenience given how organized Japanese people are, but the gesture nonetheless appreciated.

A Ramen Noodle Bath

Yes, that’s a family in a soup bowl; our eyes are not deceiving us! We aren’t sure what would be so enticing about this; the love for ramen noodles or skincare on steroids. Apparently, in Japan, one can get the experience of soaking in a bathtub designed to replicate a massive bowl of this delicacy. What’s more, it comes complete with broth because it is said to be good for the skin.

One has to really enjoy noodles to want to take it this far. Otherwise, just the thought of it could be revolting to people with a different mindset. We are still interested in knowing the outcome of these baths to determine the viability of the skincare claims, though!

Topsy Turvy

Architects can sometimes get really creative with their designs and Japan is home to numerous such bizarre buildings. Just looking at this structure can easily trigger a person who experiences dizziness because it is not an optical illusion that the whole thing is inverted. The roof, or what should have been the roof of the house, is now the floor.

We can only imagine how long it took to execute the design because the top part appears to be slanted in addition to being upside-down. That it is a restaurant adds to the allure of it all and we are sure that the insides must look just as unconventional as the exterior.

Fast Food Costume Showdown

The battle for which fast food place is better than another has been going for years and is not likely to end soon. It still does not deter these Japanese locals from having fun with the rivalry by dressing in costume as McDonald’s’ mascot Ronald McDonald and the rival fast-food giant KFC’s founder Colonel Sanders.

The mock showdown went down out on the streets, which thoroughly entertained onlookers. We have to admit that the two gentlemen in the ensembles look really cool playing the parts and we hope they had as much fun enacting the feud as the people watching them. For argument’s sake, who is likely to claim a win on this one?

Peaceful Co-Habitation

When there’s a wildlife park close to a busy residential area, there’s bound to be inevitable interaction between people and the fauna. With some of the animals looking incredibly cute, people can easily forget that they are not domesticated. In this case, the Nara Park in Japan put up a sign to remind folks that the deer can be dangerous.

The illustrations on the sign may appear to be comical, but they serve the intended purpose and keep locals on high alert. The authorities strongly advise caution to keep both deers and humans safe because they share the same habitat. We must give props for their use of humor to ensure minimal chances of anyone ignoring the warnings.

Train Filching? Not A Chance!

Let us picture this. Someone is on the regular train back from work, trying with all their might to keep those sleepy eyes open because they have valuables on them and the subway often has thieves lurking. So would they dare to take a quick nap while the rail reaches their station? We bet not!

Well, the situation holds true for all parts of the globe except if one happens to be in The Land of the Rising Sun. Japanese folks sure got lucky getting to nap while on the go, as they rest assured about their belongings’ safety. Therefore, more often than one expects, mobile phones and wallets are left in public view without any chance of theft.

Roadside Bewilderment

Driving can often be a relaxing experience, but imagine doing it in a country one hasn’t been to before! Take our words on this, sitting behind a steering wheel in Japan will surely give folks nostalgic feelings about their ‘social study’ teachers! While those scenes out the window are worth drooling at, traffic signs are enough to spark craziness.

Remember how they made us learn whether a sign stands for a school ahead, a U-turn, or a bumpy road? Moreover, it is not just about a foreign language; several symbols can have surprisingly different meanings than the ones at their native place. Kudos to the locals who have mastered this utterly confusing jigsaw of road signs.

Did Someone Say Hair In Food?

It’s high time we launched a petition to declare ‘finding hair strands in food’ as an annoying pet peeve! In fact, is there anybody on the planet who hasn’t left a delectable bowl of noodles un-eaten just because they pulled out a hair right from their mouth? Let’s be honest; we all have been through that.

Now, it may sound like an exaggeration, but an invention that goes around the face keeping hair back in place and even preventing food bits from falling on our clothes actually exists. Well, looking at Japan’s list of innovations, it isn’t surprising that people have been eating hassle-free there for all these years, yes, the long-haired ones, included!

Balconies For Coffee Enthusiasts

Japan is celebrated worldwide for its intricate flower arrangements and tea ceremonies. Still, many do not know that the country, traditionally famous for its cherry blossoms, has an elaborate history of architectural brilliance. While the traditional pagodas and temples in Tokyo fill one with admiration, more quirky designs that can leave people awestruck are their innovative balconies.

Pictured here is an example that would sweep any hard-core espresso fans off their feet, as these balconies have gotten designed to resemble cute coffee cups and serve as the perfect venue for an evening date. They even add a charming aesthetic to the city’s overall view for any passers-by.

Feline Fashion

The Japanese figurine ‘Maneki-Neko, which translates to ‘beckoning cat,’ is credited for bringing good luck to families. These felines have great cultural significance; so, it’s no wonder people in the country are so fond of them. Cat owners usually hate the idea of leaving these cuties behind while going out, and in Japan, folks have taken it a mile further.

Showing love to animals is one thing, but the Japanese can sure teach us a thing or two on how to boast of our pets. They have found a way to feel their beloved feline’s presence anywhere and any time by wearing elaborate headbands with life-size stuffed cats sewed onto them. Though out of the box, how adorable is that!

Edible Pokémon Characters

Pokémon characters are on more items all over the world than we can care to count. However, some of us completely forget how and why these characters became so popular in the first place. Here’s a little memory refresh, Pokémon is a series of games published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company.

Now, we all know these game characters gained immense popularity worldwide, but mainly with children. Whereas, in Japan, adults are just as crazy about the game. One may even get a cuteness shock from the Pokémon-themed burgers available at novelty restaurants. Someone really went the extra mile to attract Pokémon fans, and it’s clearly working.

Company For Cash

More and more Japanese people are now focusing on career, traveling, or other life goals while staying away from married life. So, it can quickly get lonely in a country where people are always extremely busy, and they are not even allowed to have more than one sibling. It’s even more challenging if the siblings don’t get along well.

Yet, the Japanese, of course, came up with a solution in the form of ‘Soine-ya Cafés,’ roughly translated to “sleeping-together shops.” So, it works like this: customers get to cuddle with employees just to have some company and maybe a hug or two, but nothing beyond that. Yep, this does cross over into the realm of weirdness, but hey, whatever works.

Peculiar Kit-Kat Flavors

Who’s not familiar with Kit-Kat, a light chocolate snack that we love enjoying as is, or with a glass of milk. We might even choose a different flavor each day if we are fancy, such as dark chocolate, strawberry, salted caramel, or peanut butter, right?

Wrong. Not in Japan. Here, the Kit-Kat flavors are genuinely astonishing compared to the rest of the world with options like soy sauce, green tea, orange, and it gets wilder with corn, fruit parfait, and even baked potato. So, if one gets indecisive about traditional Kit-Kat flavors back home, they need to brace themselves for some serious decision-making challenges in Japan.

Bubble Umbrellas

When it rains, it pours. The Japanese people are all too familiar with this proverb, and we mean “literally.” The rain in Japan is frequent and often accompanied by strong winds that blow the rain in every which way. To make things worse, one doesn’t always get a warning to make prior safety arrangements.

With the busy schedules of Japanese people, it’s not possible for them to just enjoy the rain or make a stopover somewhere, waiting for the downpour to stop. Let’s be honest; nobody wants to get caught in a heavy shower unguarded. So, being the creative people they are, the Japanese invented these genius bubble umbrellas that cover a person from all sides and keep them dry.

Convenience Stores Packed Into Vending Machines

What’s a standard vending machine really like? Some light-weight snacks, maybe sodas, energy bars, water, etc. Right? We can find them at hospitals, airports, or the subway. It’s convenient to get a quick bite or refreshments while one’s going through their day’s work.

Only in Japan, vending machines are at another level, and they are everywhere and anywhere one might look. They are like mini convenience stores. What’s more, they stock up everything from snacks to fruits, fresh pizza, and clothing items. It’s an excellent solution for busy people who might not have time to stop at a regular mart or don’t want to make a detour to one.

Cute Deterrents

Hands up, if it’s an inconvenience seeing that annoying orange traffic cone barricade. A majority will say yes! It’s simple logic; blockades mean roadwork, repairs mean traffic, and jam means stuck. Yet, would one still feel the same if that minor roadblock happens to be as cute as their hello kitty collection? We bet not!

Unlike any other part of the globe, Japan keeps everything interesting there, even on the roads. What’s more, fantastical anime characters are on board too. Instead of going for the boring bright orange reflective strips barriers, they use fun characters to keep people out. When keeping things functional and amusing, the Japanese folks are always happy to oblige.

Just Another Shade of Green

Let’s go over our driving school basics once more. In drivers’ language, red means stop, and blue means, what exactly? Oh right! It means go, but isn’t that supposed to be green? Nope, not when we’re in Japan, where blue also represents green for traffic signals.

Drive around Japan long enough, and anyone will spot this discrepancy. It turns out they even use the same word for both colors. So if we want something green, we have to say the word for blue ‘ao.’ Yet the actual icing on the cake is that the Japanese government swears their blue is just another shade of green.

Fruits Like Never Before

What exactly is the shape of a watermelon? The last time we checked, it was on the roundish side. Well, as it turns out, not in Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun sports some rather unusually shaped fruit that anyone would doubt is even real at first glance.

Not only are the Japanese known for their upbeat technology, but they’re also remarkably creative in food production. With meticulous farming techniques, once ordinary fruit now comes in all shapes and sizes in Japan. So why would square watermelons be a good idea? Well, quite simply because they’re much easier to store that way. Fruit may be costly in Japan, but their farmers and grocery stores only sell top quality.

Jet-Setting with Pikachu

When the Pokémon craze first took the world by storm, few could have predicted just how long its popularity would endure. From collectibles to video games and even burgers, now there’s another whole new way to indulge in the world of this fascinating franchise.

A trendy new way to experience the Pokémon Universe aside from moving around with a smartphone is through jet-setting in one of these ‘Pokémon Jets.’ It’s literary a Pokémon fest up there, from custom-themed tickets, baggage tags, and even a yellow-painted check-in kiosk in honor of the great Pikachu. Once inside, the crew greets the passengers in their Pokémon aprons, handing out Pokémon emblazoned paper cups and Kit Kats- As we said, it’s Pokémon everywhere.

Otherworldly Japanese Game Shows

Excuse us, but we’ve had enough of tedious game shows—the ones where we either wheel our fortune or answer a million-dollar question. For a change, we want something eccentric, outrageous, and downright mind-boggling. In short, we want some good old Japanese television programs.

Unlike American television, where the brain is power, Japanese game shows rely on sheer dumb luck, guess right, or suffer the consequences. Has someone ever played ‘Wall of Boxes’ or ‘Slippery Stairs’? Well, don’t be fooled by the names. Some of these games involved perilous journeys and snacking on insects- no fouls called. Contestants need not worry about embarrassment; they’ll be tending to those injuries first anyway.

A Sure-Win Lottery

Some of Japan’s toy and convenience stores often feature numerous posters advertising products ranging from anime to plushies to rubber keychains. These items are not for sale; they are actually prizes to a type of lottery known as Ichiban Kuji.

Anyone can usually buy the tickets for the prizes from the cashier in the convenience store and they can buy as many tickets as they want from the raffle. Once the coupon is peeled open, it has a number or letter that corresponds to an item. The great thing about Ichiban Kuji is that every ticket has a reward. Therefore anyone who tries their luck is a winner!

Prison Ambience

Japan takes themed restaurants to a whole new level with the Alcatraz ER. Named after Alcatraz Island, which housed a federal prison in California, the restaurant is themed after a prison hospital and designed to give guests a genuinely spooky experience. Even the sitting spaces mimic cells while the food is cleverly named after creepy items and served in hospital equipment.

While this establishment was one of a kind, it quickly started a nationwide trend for similarly themed eateries. The Lockup is another prison-themed restaurant with branches all over the country. Since Alcatraz ER closed in 2018, guests looking for a hair-raising eating experience can now find it in The Lockup.

Look, But Don’t Bite!

To the Japanese, simple menus with pictures of the food would be considered a little basic. So instead, restaurants have real-life models of the food they serve displayed in their windows. These displays get carefully produced to match the food they represent in exact detail. When creating the models, plastic imitation ingredients are colored, chopped up, and combined to produce jaw-dropping levels of realism.

These synthetic meals are actual art, and the better they look, the more affluent a restaurant appears. This tradition dates back more than a century. It has ensured eateries avoid food wastage while having beautiful and elaborate plastic food exhibits found nowhere else in the world.

Fruit Worth A Kings Ransom

Fruits are a great gift choice for a friend or host due to the regal status this produce has in Japan. Therefore, it is no surprise that the price tags will shock any first-time visitor. Although locals are used to paying ¥2,183 ($20) for an apple, guests and tourists are not.

There are many reasons for this, one of them being the high standards of care set up by Japanese farmers. If the final product is not perfect, it will not get sold. Moreover, the locals have also come to expect perfection when buying fruit from the markets with time. Couple that with the country’s small number of fruit farmers, and we’ve got a recipe for exorbitant prices.

Coffee With Furry Friends

Strict rental agreements, small living quarters, and busy lifestyles have hindered many people in Japan from acquiring pets. Such rigid living conditions led to the inspired idea that is Cat Cafés. These are places that locals and tourists get to enjoy a beverage while surrounded by cats, kittens, and other fellow cat lovers.

Cat Cafés are an excellent place for people who would like pets but cannot keep them. After paying an entrance fee, usually hourly, they get a drink of their choice and an assortment of cute furry kittens to pet. We cannot imagine a better way to unwind after a long day.