5 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Japan

First-timers and well-seasoned travelers alike flock to Japan, the beautiful Land of the Rising Sun, for good reason. Whether it’s the eclectic charm of bright Tokyo, the hustle and bustle of Shibuya Crossing, the unforgettable fresh fare found at the Dotonbori street market, or the picturesque scenery of Nara Park, Japan continues to be a cherished item on one’s travel bucket list.

Aside from these famous tourist destinations, Japan also has a set of quirky tricks up its sleeve for travelers looking for unconventional fun. Seeking to spice up that agenda? Check out these 5 cool and unusual things to do in Japan:

  1. Robot Restaurant

(image via Cory Doctorow, Wikimedia Commons)
(image via Cory Doctorow, Wikimedia Commons)

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Be in instant awe of the psychedelic Robot Restaurant’s bright lights, lively sounds, crazy atmosphere, and the out-of-this-world neon robots and wildly-dressed performers that are ready to put on a show just for you!  

Robot Restaurant, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is a dining experience-slash-lights and sound show that won’t compare to anything you’ve ever seen before. Ready for a unique show of flamboyant proportions? Book a slot for you and your friends.

  • Address: – 1-7-1 Kabukicho | B2f, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Service Hours: Saturday – Sunday, 3:00pm – 11:00pm

2. Meguro Parasitological Museum

(image via Dushan Hanuska, Flickr)
(image via Dushan Hanuska, Flickr)

Got a thing for creepy and crawly critters? Then crawl your way to the Meguro Parasitological Museum, the world’s largest parasite museum. Located in central Tokyo, this museum is just the place to satisfy one’s appetite for the weird and wicked with just one tour of this two-story exhibition.

Not for the faint at heart but for those strangely interested in learning about the diversity of parasites (check out the world’s longest tapeworm while you’re at it!), this medical museum will surely widen those eyes and satisfy that morbid curiosity of yours.

  • Address: 4-1-1 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Service Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

3. Nonbei Yokocho/ Drunkard’s Alley

(image via David Shackelford, Flickr)
(image via David Shackelford, Flickr)

If bar-hopping and the night life is more up your alley, then why not take a late-night stroll down Drunkard’s Alley? Nonbei Yokocho, a little street bursting with character, features rows of micro-bars that are so small, only four to five people can fit at one time.

How’s that for the ultimate bonding experience? Get your fix of warm whisky and authentic Osakan fare here!

  • Address: 1 Chome-25-10, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Service Hours: Monday – Saturday: 6:00pm – 2:00am, Sunday: 6:00pm – 12:00am

4. Ghibli Museum

(image via We-Te Wong, Wikimedia Commons)
(image via We-Te Wong, Wikimedia Commons)

Are you a fan of Ghibli Studio? Don’t miss the opportunity to enter the extraordinary world of this world-famous Japanese animation studio! Experience first-hand what it’s like through a visionary’s eyes at the Ghibli Museum, an eye-catching tribute to the fantastical stories of Ghibli Studio.

Feel like you’re a part of the artists’ storyboards as you tour around the different themed exhibits. Grab your tickets here!

  • Address:1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka 181-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Service Hours: Mondays to Wednesdays, 10:00am – 6:00pm

5. Okunoshima Island

(image via Jdlrobson, Wikimedia Commons)
(image via Jdlrobson, Wikimedia Commons)

Looking for some furry friends to pet? Does the idea of an island filled with cute, squishy bunnies make already make you squeal with delight? Hop over to Okunoshima Island, also known as Rabbit Island, where almost 300 wild (but ready to be loved) rabbits greet you upon your arrival!

This ‘kyukamura’ village of rest and recreation is frequently visited by tourists looking to take a break from the fast-paced city life, and of course, for its ‘kawaii’ bunny thrill!

  • Address: Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture

So, where’s your sense of adventure taking you? Experience a different side of Japan with these unusual Japan activities. Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of Studio Ghibli or witness a sci-fi fantasy where fembots are battling it out with cool cosplayers. Happy travels!

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