10 Weird & Wacky Things to do in Japan

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Every country has its quirks and eccentricities, but few can compare to Tokyo when it comes to peculiar and unique activities! Here, we round up the wackiest of the lot.

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1. Zauo 

Zauo serves fresh fish dishes, but it’s totally different from any other fish restaurants. Why? Because you have to catch fish by yourself! There are various types of fish swimming around a huge pool in the restaurant where you can enjoy fishing. Right after catching your fish, chefs on-hand will help you cook and serve the fish in the most delicious way. Prices vary depending on which fish you catch. Put your fishing skills to the test at this uniquely themed restaurant!

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2. Campy! Bar

Japan is a relatively conservative country, but Shinjyuku 2-chome district is an exception. You can find many gay bars in Shinjyuku 2-chome and Campy! Bar is the newest bar in town. “Beautiful ladies” with flamboyant personalities will warmly welcome you when you enter. You’ll have a lively unforgettable night talking and having drinks with these lovely “ladies”.

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3. Vibrator Bar

Many people might be embarrassed or uncomfortable at the mention of sex toys. In the Vibrator Bar, you can view the different kinds of vibrators without inhibition or judgment, and even have a drink from a vibrator-shaped glass! In addition, you can buy vibrators at a discount from their sister shop, to bring home as a quirky souvenir.

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4. Robot Restaurant

Japanese state-of-the-art technology culminates in the Robot Restaurant in Shinjyuku. Robots and beautiful dancers will perform and entertain you in a pandemonium of bright laser lights and pulsating music! In addition to the crazy performance, you will be served a Japanese style dinner box and a drink. Take a step into the future and enjoy the incredible show of robots, beautiful ladies, and pure insanity!

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5. Japanese Pop Idol Performance 

There are tons of idol groups in Japan, and many of them came from one city- Akihabara, known as the Japanese pop culture mecca! You can catch pop idol themed performances from girls singing anime songs in the main performing hall in Akihabara called “Dear Stage”. Experience the otaku (nerd) phenomenon amongst the performers’ most ardent fans, whose legendary cheering and showers of support have spawned a notable subculture of its own.

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6. Become a Ninja

As a child, didn’t you always dream of becoming a superhero, fireman, or a ninja? Not many are aware that they can actually Become a Ninja in Japan! A qualified ninja who has been succeeding the ninja tradition will teach you basic ninja movements and techniques. As a bonus, you will also get to dress up in black ninja gear and bring home photos of yourself showing off your newfound ninja moves!

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7. Become a Sushi Chef

Sushi is not only healthy and delicious, it is also fun to make. You can Learn how to make Real Japanese Sushi from a professional sushi chef, who will teach you basic Japanese cooking methods to create your own amazing tasting sushi. Moreover, you can bring your awesome sushi-making skills back to your country and open your own sushi bar in the future!

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8. Ear Cleaning by A Cosplay Girl

In Akihabara, there is a secret place that you can go to relax- An ear cleaning cafe! Cleaning your ears using a ear pick is not very common in other countries, but it’s actually very comfortable and quite addictive. A cosplay girl trained in cleaning ears will help you with it, so don’t worry about damaging your ear drums. After this experience, you’ll feel like buying your own ear pick home to enjoy this relaxing activity everyday.

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9. Karate Lesson from A Black Belt Master

Japanese martial arts is well known around the world, and Karate is agreeably the coolest of the lot. Let a Black belt Karate master teach you basic Karate moves and train your mind and body while you get a glimpse of the Japanese martial arts culture.

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10. Eat Jiro Ramen

Ramen is eaten all around the world, but not many foreigners have tried Jiro Ramen despite it being the most notorious ramen in Japan! With a thick layer of oily tonkotsu (pork bone) broth, huge amounts of noodles, and a mountain of cabbage on top, finishing this bowl of ramen without toppling it is definitely an accomplishment! Some Japanese even refer to eating Jiro ramen as a “sport”, because you have to “dig” your way to the bottom of the large serving. In some outlets, if you cannot finish you large size Jiro ramen, you have to pay extra! This ramen is a must-try in order to experience the real food culture in Tokyo.

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Other than these 10 listed, there are still many other unique experiences to be found in Japan. Come to Japan and create your own memorable experiences with us.