Visiting the snow monkeys in Japan has been something I have wanted to do for years, but never had the time to visit them until now. We made an ambitious trip to Yudanaka in one day, where the snow monkeys are located, and it was quite a trek, but so worth it.
Japan has always been known for their awesome arcade centers, but they outdid themselves with this arcade center located in Kawasaki called Anata no Warehouse meaning “Your Warehouse”.
Last year, we visited two different cat cafes, so this year, we wanted to check out an animal cafe that was a little out of the norm. Japan is the master of stepping up the game once they find a fad. Since cat cafes were such a hit, they took animal cafes to another level and created an owl cafe. There are a couple of owl cafes in Tokyo and we visited the one in Akihabara called Akiba Fukurou.
If you happen to have a layover in Japan or want to see the second most visited hatsumode spots (first Shinto shrine visit of the Japanese New Year) in Japan, then Narita Shinshoji Temple is the perfect place to go. It is conveniently located only one train stop (8 minutes) from Narita International Airport.
The Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills is quite popular with world-class exhibitions and contemporary art. At the time we went, there was a great 'Universe and Art' exhibit going on that we were interested in checking out. If you are a fan of space, astronomy, astronauts, aliens, Galileo, Da Vinci, Charles Darwin, or teamLab, than this is a must-see exhibit.
Steak Katsu (or gyukatsu) is relatively new in Japan. It’s so new that not even my Japanese relatives knew about it when I went to go visit them in November 2016. Katsu, meaning (fried) cutlet, is very common in Japan, but most of the time, it’s made with pork or chicken. There’s a few places that I know of that currently serves steak katsu and Shibuya is one of them.
We wanted to visit Manzanar National Historic Site because it really hits home for us. It's not a site in the United States that is very well known. We actually found out about it recently through a friend. We knew the history behind it, but didn't know that the camp site was preserved.
Shibuya is one of the popular cities of Tokyo and we visit every single time we're in Japan. It's just a fun city to visit with lots going on.
We've been to a couple cat cafes in Japan and it is both bizarre and awesome! Crystal visited a cat cafe in Kyoto and Candy went to one in Tokyo. We had totally different experiences!
Growing up in Japan and being half Japanese, I've come across a lot of embarrassing things foreigners tend to do when they are in Japan. I'm sure I have done plenty of awkward things in other countries that I didn't know about.