Every year, tourists travel in hordes to Japan to see its beautiful scenes and experience the Japanese way of life. From its “maid cafes” to Tokyo’s unique fashion lines, Japan has been surprising its visitors with cool stuff for years.

Here are a number of things anyone visiting Japan should, or might like to, know.

1. Trains and Buses ALWAYS come on time. In the rare case that they don’t, they pass out tardy notices for you to give to your employer.

2. Everyone eats KFC for Christmas dinner. Well, maybe not EVERYone, but at least a lot do.

3. Electronic toilets/bidets

4. Buttons for summoning a server at family-style restaurants

5. Touchscreen menus at many bars and restaurants

6. Free tissue packets handed out on the streets

7. Fancy Japanese coins. Their 5 and 50 yen coins have holes in them.

8. Japanese people are really into Yahoo!, but have been switching over to Google lately.

9. Multistory robot-operated parking garages

10. Really high-priced movie tickets

11. Love hotels everywhere

12. Heated toilet seats

13. Pachinko parlors everywhere

14. An incredible variety of KitKat flavors. Wasabi, anyone?

15. The world’s tiniest hotel rooms

16. Kids’-sized beverage cups for adults

17. Squat toilets

18. “Lucky bags” (sold during New Year’s)

19. Capsule hotels

20. Unique, cross-bred fruit

21. Vending machines of all types everywhere

22. Some of the world’s safest streets, on which you can go walking in the middle of the night with no worries

23. The complex blueprint of Tokyo

24. Clean, drinkable water from the tap

25. Hot springs just for your feet

So now that you have an idea of what Japan has to offer, who wants to go with me?

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Genevieve Baxa

Genevieve Baxa

Genevieve Baxa is a college student living in the Philippines. She has a great passion in writing, especially in writing short stories. This unpredictable lady loves everything about East Asia. She is enthralled by the culture and fashion of these countries. She also loves everything about children; teaching them; taking care of them; and playing with them. In addition to that, Genevieve especially loves to go on Mission Trips and serving different kinds of people. Above everything else, she is a lady who fears her God.
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