It’s no secret that Japan is a treasure trove of weirdness for the casual visitor. When I visited five years ago, I was only there for a short visit, but scratched the surface of the body of random surprises and potential “what the?” moments…

Ebisu Garden Place

Ebisu Garden Place

…like a chateauesque house built in the middle of the concrete jungle of Ebisu…

Planter box, Ginza

Planter box, Ginza

…this lone planter box in the middle of the shopping district of Ginza….

Roppongi Hills development poster

Roppongi Hills development poster

…or the cartoon-eque development poster for Roppongi Hills. Doesn’t this just make you want to invest here?

Vending machine restaurant

Vending machine restaurant

Eat at a vending machine restaurant…

'Customer and waitress' become 'master and mistress' at the @home cafe, Akihabara.

‘Customer and waitress’ become ‘master and mistress’ at the @home cafe, Akihabara.

…or this slightly more saucy option.

Regardless of where you eat, sooner or later you’ll need a lavatory…

Washlet super-loo

Washlet super-loo

…complete with bum-spa!

There are also plenty of entertainment options…

Arcade, Akihabara

Arcade, Akihabara

Game parlour, Akihabara

Game parlour, Akihabara

…like this anime-inspired game parlour…

Love Hotel Hill, Shibuya

Love Hotel Hill, Shibuya

…or Love Hotel Hill near Shibuya, where the theme-decorated rooms are charged by the hour.

And to think I only just scratched the surface!!

 

Have you been to Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan? What other surprises have you stumbled across?

Comments (6)

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans Reply

    Teehee… Japan was fascinating, my first few days there you could hear me squealing with delight as I found yet another random thing. The loos were prob the most different thing. I spent a week with a friend who was going to University, there version of O week was pretty similar to ours, lots of booze and food, just they drank Sake in place of beer. I did find the food dispensers in back alleys pretty cool, and the giant vegetable patches in high density apartment blocks surprising. But as a whole, the country was very overwhelming for a newbie traveller, I felt so foreign there. Great post tho Tim, I really need to get back to Japan. 🙂

    January 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      It is really, really different to what we call ‘home’, and I can imagine it would be really intense for a newbie. Great work on wanting to go back though – that’s the spirit! 😀

      January 8, 2015 at 8:01 pm
  • Andrew Reply

    you gotta love the quirks of Tokyo and Japan!

    January 8, 2015 at 7:57 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Hehehhee it’s certainly never boring! Thanks for stopping by again 🙂

      January 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Catherine Reply

    I would love love love to visit Tokyo! Been the top of my travel wishlist for a long time now, and it’s all cause of these weird things like you’ve listed here!

    January 12, 2015 at 4:28 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Hahahahhaha yes Tokyo is one awesome city! Thanks for reading 🙂

      January 17, 2015 at 3:52 pm

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