7 alternative things to see in Japan

7 alternative things to see in Japan

Meguro Parasite Museum

In a rather nondescript building in Meguro, lies the slightly daunting Parasitological Museum. “Try to think about parasites without a feeling of fear, and take the time to learn about their wonderful world.” The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a research facility that was established in 1953 by the private funds of Satoru Kamegai, a doctor of medical science. The first floor of the museum presents a general overview of parasites while the second floor focuses on human parasites and their life cycles.

Meguro Parasite Museum

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is a museum dedicated to instant noodles and Cup Noodles, as well as its creator and founder, Momofuku Ando. Admission is free; however kitchen events have a fee, and take around 90 minutes. There’s also the option for ramen tastings.

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

Robot Restaurant

The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and with good reason. The show is a loud, neon lit, crazy cabaret with not much storyline and even less clothing. The shows run for approximately one hour and, although your ticket says it includes drink and food, it’s more just like a few nibblies. The site says it’s fine for children, but not many parents recommend.

Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

Yoro Park: The Site Of Reversible Destiny

You know this is going to be real alternative place to explore, when the name of this park ends in “Reversible Destiny”. This experience park opened in 1995 with the intent for guests to experience the unexpected… and that’s just what you’ll do, with hazardous slopes and the option to rent a helmet at the entry gate.

Yoro Park- The Site Of Reversible Destiny

World’s Shortest Escalator

Its status as an achievement honored by the Guinness Book of World Records, Kawasaki is home to the World’s Shortest Escalator! Well, this attraction won’t keep you busy for long, except to grab a handful of funny photos with your mates. But look… it’s so cute!

World's Shortest Escalator

Maid cafes

Everyone knows what these are. And if you don’t… have you been living under a rock? While they are crazy popular for tourists regardless of nationality, I chose to still include them on this list. Because, well, it’s pretty alternative. Have you ever been to one? Its nuts.

Maid Cafe

Shimokitazawa Shopping street

“While most areas in Tokyo are well-maintained and looked after, Shimokitazawa looks quite the opposite. Street views are best described as disorderly or messy, but add character to the area. Nothing is what it first seems, so don’t rush through the neighborhood as you may miss out on the charm that exploring the narrow alleys brings with it.”

Shimokitazawa Shopping street

Special mention to …

Tobu World Square

Tobu World Square is an architectural museum with skillful reproductions of 102 world-famous buildings on the 1/25 scale, including 45 World Heritage Sites. There are several areas to explore, including the Europe Zone, America Zone and the new “Modern Japan Zone”. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, especially with kids. Tobu World Square is about a half hour train ride from Nikko – which itself is about 2 hours outside of Tokyo. The perfect way to see Tobu World Square is to include it in a weekend away from the big city, and couple it with touring Toshogu Shrine.

Tobu World Square

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