15 Things We Love About Japan

You asked us where our favorite place of travel this year was..

And in our latest post where we answered your most ask questions, we replied Japan. Well, here are a handful of reasons why we fell head over heels for this wickedly awesome country:

1. Fancy toilets

Heated seats should be a standard for toilets. Only in Japan will you have the option to play tunes over the boring flushing sound while getting your behind wash and dry.

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2. Taxis with automatic doors

It would be rude to open your own door. Just let the driver do it with a push of a button.

3. Manner stations

We can’t stand the stench of smoke, but LOVE that there are designated smoke areas or manner stations in public to keep the smokers all in one place.

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4. Umbrella dryers

Our hotel in Tokyo had this umbrella machine where it spin dries your umbrella, because nobody should carry around a drippy umbrella in doors, right? 

5. Elvis & Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi park in Tokyo is an awesome place to go people watch on the weekend. You’ll see all kinds of people – even the King himself!

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6. Meal ordering machines

Often enough, we ate out at restaurants where you’d order your meals at a ticketing machine before sitting down without ever speaking to a single waiter/ waitress. Then in no time, your food magically appears! No fuss with the menu, no waiting in line or for the bill. So awesome!

7. Matcha everything!

I am obsessed, obsessed I tell you, with matcha green tea. Matcha bread, matcha macaron, matcha Kit Kat, matcha donuts, matcha ice cream and matcha tea of course.

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8. Sake in a jar

By far the cheapest thing you can buy for a guaranteed-fun time is sake in a jar at Lawson’s.

9. Children’s school uniform

Japan has the best school uniforms and matching bright, colored hats.

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10. Over politeness

The excessive bowing, apologetic smiles – it’s real. By far the friendliest of cultures we’ve seen.

11. Crazy clothes

The wacky things they wear in Japan and still make it trendy.

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12. Underground food courts

You ain’t seen food courts until you’ve seen the basement floors of department stores or train stations.

13. Vending machines

There are no shortages of vending machines in Japan and you can find anything from booze to coffee, cup o’ noodles, and even odd things like a tie should you forget one on your way to work.

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14. Chin rest on subway trains

In addition to handrails, there are chin rest for those sleeping while standing on the subway. We can’t make this stuff up!

15. Sushi!

Last but certainly not least, sushi! In fact, food in general from regional cuisine in Hida-Takayama to udon, ramen and shabu shabu.

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I could easily go on and on and on but then it would just be a really long post. We found peace in the temples, fun in a photo booth and even saw geishas in Kyoto. Everything about Japan excites me: the food, the people, the culture, the way of living. From the punctuality of speeding bullet trains to everything at a push of a touchscreen, it’s a place we both look forward to returning soon.

Have you been? What do you love most about Japan?

 

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  • http://www.suitcaseandheels.com/ Melissa

    I loved the fancy toilets in Korea too! Except the first time I encountered one it didn’t have anything in English so I just started pushing buttons. Why don’t we have these in North America yet??

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha.. Gerard screamed like a girl the first time he pushed the ‘mystery’ buttons. I’m totally getting one when I buy my own house! 🙂

  • http://www.suitcaseandheels.com/ Melissa

    I loved the fancy toilets in Korea too! Except the first time I encountered one it didn’t have anything in English so I just started pushing buttons. Why don’t we have these in North America yet??

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha.. Gerard screamed like a girl the first time he pushed the ‘mystery’ buttons. I’m totally getting one when I buy my own house! 🙂

  • http://www.walkflypinoy.com paul | walkflypinoy

    Japan is so freaking cool. I love the manner station. I’m sure there was a bit of meaning lost in translation but I love it.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Right?! When I first saw ‘manner stations’ I thought it’s where parents put their kids for being out of place in public. Haha..

  • http://www.walkflypinoy.com paul | walkflypinoy

    Japan is so freaking cool. I love the manner station. I’m sure there was a bit of meaning lost in translation but I love it.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Right?! When I first saw ‘manner stations’ I thought it’s where parents put their kids for being out of place in public. Haha..

  • Angela

    Japan is definitely on our must-see list, but after reading this I want to go there NOW!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      It’s a pretty gnarly place – like none other really. Hope you find your way there soon.

  • http://sparrowinspace.com/ Angela

    Japan is definitely on our must-see list, but after reading this I want to go there NOW!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      It’s a pretty gnarly place – like none other really. Hope you find your way there soon.

  • Mimi

    We are planning to go to Japan this year, but cannot decide which season. Spring for the cherry blossoms and wisterias? Summer to hike Mt. Fuji? Fall for the changing of the leaves? How was winter in Japan?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      We went just after cherry blossom and the weather was pleasant. I hear Fall for the changing of the leaves is beautiful. Winter in Japan is cold – not how I would like to enjoy my first time in Japan so spring or fall would be my picks. 🙂

  • Mimi

    We are planning to go to Japan this year, but cannot decide which season. Spring for the cherry blossoms and wisterias? Summer to hike Mt. Fuji? Fall for the changing of the leaves? How was winter in Japan?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      We went just after cherry blossom and the weather was pleasant. I hear Fall for the changing of the leaves is beautiful. Winter in Japan is cold – not how I would like to enjoy my first time in Japan so spring or fall would be my picks. 🙂

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