NSFW: The most curious cafes, restaurants and bars you need to visit in Japan

2019-01-13 08:32 - Ethan Van Diemen
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Only three things are assured in this life - death, taxes and Japan’s affinity for the bizarre and downright weird.

From panty-dispensing and flying fish soup vending machines to outrageous game shows, the land of the rising sun never disappoints those seeking out the unusual.   

In Japan, there is the concept that speaks of an inner and outer world. There is a division between the way people see you, the way you present yourself to your co-workers, friends and family which can be seen as part of the outer world. The weird and wonderful venues you are about to see can be considered expressions of the inner world. 

One of the best ways to enjoy Japan is to check out one or many of its numerous odd cafes, restaurants and bars. So go on, allow yourself to be enamoured or just plain weirded out by Japan and these curious cafes.

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The Vibe Bar Wild One

The Vibe Bar Wild One is a bar literally filled with dildos and vibrators. One enters the bar through a giant vagina-shaped doorway into a space that has a soft amber glow. Get ready for genitalia overload with vagina seats, penis statues, penis doorknobs, vagina murals and so much more. 

You head on in and get a plastic glove to touch and turn on all the vibrators with over 300 models from all over the world. Yes, we know what you're thinking and no you cannot use the vibrators. You should note that only women or couples are admitted and groups of three or more need to be majority female. 

 

Robot Restaurant

Perhaps you're looking to enjoy something of a less overtly sexual nature, in that case, it is worth checking out the Robot Restaurant. Weird, psychedelic and pretty intense, it is a confusing place described as being somewhere between a roller-derby and a daft punk music video set that can be overwhelming to the senses in a good way - if you're into that type of thing.

Imagine neon-coloured, sequined bikini adorning princesses battling giant transformer-like robots while rock music blares and lasers beam all over the room and you've got the Robot Restaurant.

The Lockup: Dungeon Cafe

Horror fans will love this almost theatrical dining experience which sees them eat and drink in this horror-themed restaurant. After heading through a sketchy alleyway entrance, you head to a big rusted door and follow along a dark path that ring out with the sounds of screams of agony and the tools of torture like a power drill. Once there you put your hand through a prison gate where you are put in cuffs and one of the lady wardens takes you to your cell. 

Once you've taken your seat, you get to enjoy a unique dining experience in a horror-inducing decorated space where you mix your own drinks with test tubes and beakers or a hamburger shaped like a skeleton. Be prepared for a fright as during the experience you're likely to see some genuinely frightening things like monsters and masked crazies run past your cell or pop in and frighten you.

  

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Vampire Cafe

So The Lockup wasn't enough for you huh? You long for a taste of the macabre? Then check out the Vampire Cafe. It's all in the name with this one so it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to figure out what you should expect from this themed cafe. 

Ideal for creatures of the night, you step into a lavish, dark den for the nocturnal and living dead. A blood-red colour scheme, with dark curtains, candles flickering atop coffins and blood cell floor patterns really drive home the theme. Flip through the coffin-shaped menus and order yourself a Transylvanian steak or sip on a sip a dark red aperitif. Spooky or weird? Maybe a bit of both. 

Akiba Fukurou - Owl Cafe

You may have heard that  Cape Town has a hotel for pets but the Japanese have been well ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to the sheer variety of animal and hospitality blended experiences from cat cafes to reptile cafes. One of the strangest must be Akiba Fukurou - an owl cafe. Yep, owls and coffee. 

Here you can pet, hold and take selfies with actual owls while you wait for your meal to be prepared. They are alive so make sure that you don't make any sudden, frightening movements or pet them too heavily and you're sure to enjoy a unique experience with these fascinating creatures. 

Detective Bar Progress

This is a bar but it is also a detective agency - indirectly at least. No seriously. The dudes making your Long Island Iced Tea are actual private detectives who spend their days tracking down missing persons or combing over crime scenes. 

You can speak to the people about their daytime activities while they make you a drink. You could even request their services if you've lost one of your mates out on a pub crawl. The bar also lets you act out your detective fantasies by pretending you're at a crime scene and even get a mugshot taken.   

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