Japan lived up to many expectations I had for it.
The food was great, the people were great(but really shy), and a lot of the sites I went to were better than I expected.
However there were a few sites that were COMPLETE wastes of money.
Below is a list of 5 Japanese attractions to avoid if you want to save yen.
And in a country as expensive as Japan, you definitely want to save what you have.
Here I’ll only skim the surface of the topic.
The food is all overpriced and usually lacking in quality and quantity.
I felt that every restaurant or cafe was lacking in something somewhere.
The only one that did well in my opinion was Kawaii Monster Cafe.
But don’t expect to eat a fulfilling meal there, it’s almost all snacks and desserts.
ENTRY inside of THE GREAT BUDDHA(Kamakura).
This one shouldn’t even be on the list because the price is less than a dollar.
But I guess I’m here to help out anyone that might be counting their pennies.
Even if it is only 20 yen.
You, and about 10 other people can fit inside.
You stand in there like “Oh, I’m in a hollow statue and there’s nothing to see except name carvings from assholes.”
That’s all that is.
Aside from that, the rest of the place is cool to walk around and should definitely be visited.
HITACHI SEASIDE PARK(Hitachinaka).
From all the pictures I saw the park looked gigantic.
Half of that is correct.
I was there at the end of March which only has 5 different flowers growing at that time.
So my timing wasn’t the best.
According to the calendar on their website it would be best advised to go there in the fall.
But even if I was there during the peak season, I’d still feel like the park had a lot of unused space.
The cost of entry is 410 yen; which isn’t much.
Ginkaku-ji, also known as the Silver Pavilion.
Or also known as the temple with NO SILVER ON IT AT ALL.
Here you pay 500 yen to walk around a nice yard with some ponds.
Walking a path to see a temple that isn’t Silver, and looks like every other temple, is not worth your yen or your time.
RYOAN-JI ZEN ROCK GARDEN(Kyoto).
The famous zen rock garden in Kyoto is without a doubt the biggest waste of your yen.
For me, rock gardens look nice but they’re all the same and nothing to get excited about.
Also, don’t expect to go to this zen garden and achieve any type of pure enlightenment.
You’ll be surrounded by a bunch of mumbling people saying “I can’t believe I paid 500 yen to look at a bunch of small rocks.“
Pictures of this garden also make it appear larger than it is.
It’s not large at all and you’ll probably take 2 pictures and move on to other parts of the grounds.
Which are more attractive than this garden.