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    When we write about our travels in Japan, we focus on those little-known spots—that cafe down a sidestreet, hiding between a watch-repair shop and a place that does tombstone engraving. Have you ever been to a greenhouse filled with salvaged mannequins? We have. Other travel guides cover the "must-see" destinations, and that's fine. But when you're done with those, check out our travel articles. You'll end up with experiences you'll be talking about for years.
    1. Owl Cafe: Fukuro no Mise Yet Another Japanese [Insert Animal Name Here] Cafe

      | Linda Lombardi
    2. Kanzanji - Yet Another Japanese Temple Founded By Kobo Daishi A Temple, A Hole, A Kannon, and a View

      | Koichi
    3. Hamanako Music Box Museum - A Somewhat Magical World Of Automatic Musical Instruments I guess if you really love music boxes...?

      | Koichi
    4. Kuzukiri Lovers Only: Kuzukiri Yamaga Supposedly some really good kuzukiri, if your palate is refined enough

      | Mami Suzuki
    5. Shunkado Unagi Pie Factory - Have Your Pie and Get Eel With it, Too Who ever thought that eel cookies could be so good?

      | Koichi
    6. Suzuhiro Kamaboko, The Fish Cake Museum Delicious fish pressed into a long cake

      | Shoko
    7. Yakushima: Shiratani Unsuikyo The Forest that inspired Princess Mononoke

      | Shoko
    8. Toei Uzumasa Eigamura – Samurai & Ninja Park Get stabbed by a real life samurai actor

      | Mami Suzuki
    9. Fujiko F. Fujio Doraemon Museum Please, come on in to my doko demo door.

      | Shoko
    10. Sannai-Maruyama Jomon Historical Site What Japan was like, a long, long time ago

      | Koichi
    11. Aomori Museum Of Modern Art Here to see the big dog

      | Koichi
    12. Fresh Egg Vending Machine Straight from the chicken's butt to a machine to your mouth

      | Mami Suzuki
    13. TanKuma - Raw Egg On Rice Restaurant Eat some delicious tamago-kake-gohan and then poop in a bear

      | Mami Suzuki
    14. The Sea Urchin, Squid Ink, & Natto Ice Cream Of Kita No Aisu Ya San, Otaru Sea urchin & squid ice cream, anyone?

      | Koichi
    15. Me Me Me Cafe - A Taste of Portland, In Tokyo A Cafe, by a Japanese man

      | Koichi
    16. Gotokuji Temple - Cats, Cats, Cats, and... Cats? Meow

      | Shoko
    17. Amanohashidate Ride the monorail, look at the water, don't get eaten by a bear

      | Austin
    18. Shimokitazawa, Tokyo A more relaxed, and less cramped, than Shibuya or Shinjuku

      | Austin
    19. Yanaka, Tokyo Tokyo's Hidden Gem

      | Linda Lombardi
    20. Omotesando Koffee - A Tiny, Intimate Coffee Experience Beautiful Koffee, with a K.

      | Koichi
    21. Hanayashiki Amusement Park: Tiny, Old, And A Lot of Fun Does older = More fun?

      | Linda Lombardi
    22. Goat Cafe Sakuraoka You've seen cat cafes galore, but nothing like this!

      | Linda Lombardi
    23. Jiufen: The Real Life Spirited Away It's all there: food, red lanterns, onsen, and more

      | Koichi
    24. Mt. Koya, One of Japan's Most Beautiful Destinations Let's go attain enlightenment

      | Koichi
    25. Fuji-Q Highland Why Go To Mt. Fuji When You Can Go To Koichi’s Favorite Amusement Park?

      | John
    26. Yoro Park: The Site Of Reversible Destiny The kind of park that rents out helmets

      | Koichi
    27. Zauo - The Japanese Restaurant Where You Catch Your Own Fish Where the fish are always biting

      | Koichi
    28. Tashirojima, Japan's Famous Cat Island It's Like a Cat Lady in Island Form

      | Koichi