When it comes to unusual attractions, Japan has plenty to offer for the curious tourists. Tokyo’s Gotokuji with its hundreds of maneki neko or beckoning cat dolls is a beautiful but not your usual cherry blossom temple in spring. Animal cafes and a gamut of themed restaurants likewise have plenty of weird things to offer. Not to mention the many other sights which make roaming in Japan more interesting.
1. Aokigahara Suicide Forest (Yamanashi)
Aokigahara is a lush forest that stretches to about 12 square miles near Mount Fuji. It is long believed that many ghosts of the dead (yūrei) inhabit the place. Over the years, it has earned a reputation as the “Suicide Forest” for the high number of suicides that occurred in the area. The infamous forest is one of the top suicide destinations in the world.
2. Ghibli Museum (Tokyo)
The Studio Ghibli Museum is a popular destination for the young and old alike. The animation and art museum features a collection of items that Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki fans will love.
3. Meguro Parasitological Museum (Tokyo)
A parasite museum is not something you will likely see in many places. The Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo is probably one of the weirdest places you can explore. If you do not mind seeing parasites in all shapes and sizes, you can check out the exhibit that features a wide array of parasites including the longest tapeworm in the world.
4. Zao Fox Village (Miyagi Prefecture)
The Fox Village is home to over a hundred foxes of different types. Here you can feed and pet them. Just make sure that you follow the rules and guidelines on how to do it properly.