We’ve all heard that the Japanese are completely next level. They’ve got unique style in all categories: Food, gaming, music, style, movies, etc. That’s the reason we decided to start our trip across every country in Asia with Japan. We’re hoping to get a roundhouse kick to the face with culture shock, and that’s exactly what happened. Here’s the top 10 weirdest things to do in Japan.
1. Robot Restaurant
Let’s cut straight to the chase – the robot restaurant is one of the weirdest experiences in the world. Imagine a ballet performance of 10-foot tall robots, sexy queens of the galaxy, explosions, space gorillas, 40 foot-long robotic snakes, and sharks with laser beams on their heads. Take all that, and multiply it by 100. That’s the robot restaurant. Word is they spend 250 million on the facility and production. You can watch it all for $60. Not cheap, but very worth it.
2. Twenty-Storey Karaoke Hotel
Right across the street from Robot Restaurant, it looks like a Hyatt or Hilton. Nope, just an entire hotel is dedicated to Karaoke. Select your room, drinks and ridiculous costume from a wardrobe. We quickly morphed into a gang of power rangers, panda bears, pink bunnies, French maids, and pirates. Then sing your heart away until the wee hours of the night. There’s nothing better.
3. Maid Café
Just when you’ve thought things are getting too weird, step it up with a visit to a maid café. Find the secret elevator and walk into a bar surrounded by stuffed animals. Watch middle-aged women dressed as maids / schoolgirls perform insanely energetic and fast-paced J-pop songs. Everything is 3 times faster than it should be. And just when you’re finished appreciating just how weird this place is, next to you are two high school boys drinking milkshakes and studying for their math exams. Which makes it not that weird. Or weirder…
4. Takeshita street
Lol. Even the name is gold. This insanely busy street is home to the famous Harajuku girls. They have next level style and swag. Don’t worry, I know you want to just walk up and take selfies with all of them. Don’t be shy, they’re used to it.
5. Owl & Kitten Cafés
Yes, sit at a traditional coffee shop and enjoy a nice Japanese comic book with an owl on your shoulder or a few kittens sleeping on your lap.