Five Quirky Things I Found in Japan

Before my first visit to Japan I expected a lot of strange, quirky sights. I was overall pretty surprised to find not a wacky country, but one that is profoundly interesting and fun to explore. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its fair share of odd experiences, including these five I found while exploring the areas in and around Tokyo.

This unfortunately named beverage was found in several vending machines.


Several ice cream shops didn’t have tubs of ice cream, instead they had packets that were inserted into machines and you chose a flavor from walls of cones.


Because who doesn’t want to dress their dog like a ladybug. Or a chick.




Petting zoo at a nearby park featuring…dogs!


Have you been to Japan? What were some things you found quirky?

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

9 thoughts on “Five Quirky Things I Found in Japan”

  1. I’m hooked on the limited edition Salty Watermelon Pepsi at the moment. Not sure how widely available it is but you can definitely find it in Tokyo this summer.

  2. That’s a weird name for a soda indeed…I saw my friend’s photo in a hello kitty store too. But I’m just not a hello kitty fan so I didn’t find it very interesting. :D Have you tried the ice cream? Obviously it doesn’t melt. But does it really taste and feel like an ice cream? lol I’m just curious because it looks like a candy to me.

  3. Ah! We loved pocari sweat! I still have my mini Mt Fuji Hello Kitti, holding her tiny plastic flag! Japan was great for small, packable souvenirs.
    We were most amused by the beer vending machines and a hot food one up a hill near kawaguchi-ko.
    Electronic darts in a bar in Tokyo, never seen that before!
    I think I would like Zookiss very much!

  4. Loved the dog accessories in Tokyo! Did you visit any of the Cat Cafés? We went to one in Kyoto, where you pay for your drink and get half and hour to play with all the cats – crazy! Also the electronic toilets that come with sound effects and music – certainly a quirky but amazing country. And I think we need to bring more on-street vending machines to the UK!!

  5. Nice post. Thanks for the great post. I think Japan is one of the most fascinating place in the world. Japan is so unique, adventurous and full of surprises. I agree that every should visit Japan once in a lifetime.

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