10 Cool Things You’ll Notice While in Japan By: Katya of Team Larga

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Japan, a technologically advanced country that values tradition, manners, and convenience. Whether it’s you’re first or third time visiting Japan, the land of the rising sun will never fail to amaze you each time. Here are some of the cool aspects of Japanese culture.

1. Vending Machines

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Need a quick snack or drink? Vending machines are almost everywhere in Japan! (Shutterstock/Maridav)

There’s a vending machine in almost every street corner. The machines sell anything from the usual soda and chips to the cooler ones like neck ties, hot udon noodles, and flower gifts!

2. Onsens

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Takaragawa Onsen hot spring with colorful trees in Autumn (Shutterstock/Ear lew Boo)

Onsens are natural hot springs where people take a dip to relax and enjoy its therapeutic properties. Anyone taking a dip must not wear anything, including undergarments.

3. Omiyage

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Strawberry Daifuku is a traditional Japanese dessert (Shutterstock/nana77777)

Omiyage, Japan’s version of pasalubong, is usually a box of beautifully packaged treats the Japanese are expected to bring home after an out-of-town trip. These are given to family members, close friends, or coworkers.

4. Maternity Badge

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Pregnant woman are given a priority seat in public transformations (Shutterstock/Syda Productions)

Women who are in the early stages of pregnancy may not have a bump yet. To be given a priority seat, expecting moms are given a maternity badge they can wear while taking public transportation.

5. Techie Toilets

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Control panel of an automatic bidet machine (Shutterstock/mickeyteam)

With just one press of a button, toilets in Japan can do a multitude of things. Some toilets come with heated seats, flush sounds to mask the sound of bodily functions, and built-in water spray feature.

6. Shiba Inu

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A Shiba Inu pokes his head from the white wall (Shutterstock/Chayut Kulsiripipat)

The Shiba Inu is a popular household pet native to Japan. Some of the famous Shibas are Maru, a department store manager in Shinjuku; the three Shibas poking their heads out of a wall in Nagasaki Prefecture; and Kabosu, known in the internet as “doge.”

7. Table Charge

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A party of friends eating sushi rolls (Shutterstock/Chayut Kulsiripipat)

While tipping is not expected at all, some restaurants have a “table charge”. It’s the amount you pay on top of your actual bill after being served an otoshi, an appetizer or dish.

8. Capsule Hotels

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Need a quick nap? Don't need those fancy 5-star hotel amenities? Capsule hotels are your way to go! (Shutterstock/Mr. James Kelley)

Capsule hotels provide pod-like, mini-room accommodations that are complete with comfortable beddings, entertainment features, curtains, and shelves to place your belongings.

9. Convenience Store Meals

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Save a lot of your pocket money by buying food from convenience store like this bento sushi set (Shutterstock/hayachanta)

Convenience store chains in Japan sell pre-made food that are surprisingly good. These include sushi rolls, sandwiches, onigiri, and rice bowls.

10. Oshibori

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Use white towels to clean your hands before eating (Shutterstock/Oksina Volina)

Oshibori are wet towels that can either be hot or cold, depending on the climate. Restaurants hand these out to customers so they could clean their hands before eating.

One thing’s for sure, Japan is definitely a country like no other. Watch out for these interesting tidbits about Japan when you visit! Take your pick from Larga’s Japan packages for your dream vacation.