Japan is fascinating for many reasons.
The culture, their entertainment, food, restaurants, sites and attractions.
To me, Japan isn’t even another country.
It’s another world.
Two weeks ago was the 1st installment of my Highlights from Japan.
Now I’m back again this week with more.
This time I have a few restaurants and some other attractions.
7. GENKI SUSHI.
But it was certainly the most fun I had ordering food.
The restaurant is relatively small.
Possibly holds anywhere from 20-30 people.
They show you to your seat and the rest is up to you.
9. KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.
Definitely the best themed restaurant in Tokyo.
Most of them were a complete letdown, but this one was the best.
Like most of the themed restaurants there’s a 500 yen entrance fee and the food isn’t that good.
But the decor and performance they put on is definitely worth a visit.
I thought the restaurant only had weird decor and weird staff outfits.
But when our waitress advised us to go to the center of the restaurant I had no idea what to expect.
As soon as everyone was gathered around, 3 of the staff members, performed a funny dance routine.
It was about 5 minutes long; completely goofy and ridiculous.
Everything you’d hope for from Tokyo.
The only thing on the menu that was an actual meal was an overpriced hamburger.
Everything else was snacks.
I had cereal and Ice Cream with a hot cocoa.
If you’re in the Harajuku district, the Monster Cafe is a fun place to go for entertainment, Instagram photos, and a snack.
Hakone is a touristy resort town near Mt. Fuji.
But it’s a beautiful place completely worth visiting.
The prices are a bit high everywhere and there’s a lot of people around.
But Hakone was one of the most beautiful areas I saw my entire time in Japan.
I didn’t do any of the big touristy things the town has to offer.
I only went to the Hakone Shrine and floating Torii gate.
Walked along Ashi Lake for a bit and enjoyed the nature.
It was a very calming place.
If you want to spend a lot of money on activities or hang out in a nice area; Hakone is perfect for that.
This was a place I’d show people pictures of and they’d ask “Where the hell is that cool place!?”
It’s only a 1 hour train ride from Tokyo and a great day trip.
I arrived on a day that had light rain so I mostly had the entire place to myself.
There are hiking paths, a ropeway, temples, great lookout points, mountain carvings, and Buddhas.
One of those Buddhas is the largest cliff-carved Buddha in Japan.
I didn’t know what to expect from Nokogiriyama upon arriving.
But it surpassed my expectations.
Having the entire place almost to myself was a plus as well.
Still more to come.
In 2 weeks the third, and final, part to Highlights from Japan will be posted.
That post will have my favorite highlights yet.
Have you been to any of these destinations?
What are your favorites?
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