GoWithGuideFind your perfect tour guide at GoWithGuide. Relax and cherish unforgettable tours with loved ones. Create personalized tours for a truly memorable trip!
GoWithGuideFind your perfect tour guide at GoWithGuide. Relax and cherish unforgettable tours with loved ones. Create personalized tours for a truly memorable trip!

10+ Facts About Japan That You Can Never Believe To Be True

Okamoto N.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Okamoto N.

Last updated : Oct 23, 20134 min read


1. Late night dancing is illegal in Japan.
- So far, it is. In fact, night clubs and discos need to acquire permission to allow their customers to dance! It's now widely discussed and (hopefully) soon to be changed.
On the other hand, if you can't contain your urge to dance, proceed to one of the game arcades to unleash your dancing prowess! Or hit up one of the best night clubs in Tokyo.
2. Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old.
- No surprise, you must have heard all the stories about how "healthy" the Japanese are, looking at their healthy diet and lifestyle. Rice, fish, tofu and miso soup are common dishes in the daily meal. Now take away the alcohol and tobacco from them, and they will live even longer!
Also, it is not uncommon to see elderly Japanese climb mountains and go hiking. Do not be surprised if you see an ojiisan (grandpa) overtaking you on a climb up Mount Fuji!
Also, Japan has the oldest living person on the planet. Jiroemon Kimura from Kyoto became the oldest living person after the passing of Dina Manfredini (the previous record holder) in 2012, though Kimura later passed away at the age of 116 years old on 12 June 2013. The current oldest living person is... surprise, surprise, a Japanese lady named Misao Okawa who is now 115 years old.
3. Japan has just 2 gun-related homocides per year.
- We just don't need guns. The Japanese are best at gaman (tolerance in Japanese). However, ironically, Japan has one of the world's highest suicide rates. So, I guess it balances out after all...
4. The world's oldest company operated in Japan from 578AD to 2006.
- I heard the company's first business was selling video games.
No surprise, as some of the world's first game consoles came from Japan- Nintendo, Sega.. just to name a few of the modern game consoles.
5. Japan consists of over 6,800 islands.
- Who counted??
Some of these islands are uninhabaited or in the midst of territorial disputes, but many of them are absolutely beautiful. From Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south, you will be able to find a myriad of natural habitation, plants and animals! It might be a good idea to go island-hopping in Japan!
スクリーンショット 2013-10-25 21.13.31
6. Japanese trains are among the world's most punctual trains. The average delay is about 36 seconds.
- If the train does not come within 1 minute of the scheduled time (without announcements of the train being late), you will see the Japanese anxiously looking at their watches.

7. Square watermelons are grown by Japanese farmers for easier stack and store.
- Creativity holds no boundaries, and the Japanese have taken them to their farms! Perhaps a good way to boost its local agriculture!
8. In Japan there are more pets than children.
- Perhaps this explains Japan's declining population? Children are rapidly being replaced by animals (and robots)!!
9. Japan's birth rate is so low that adult diapers have outsold baby diapers.
- Another sign of the awkwardly deformed population pyramid in Japan.
10. Japan has 5.52 million vending machines.
- Out of these 5.52 million, vending machines selling beverages take up about 2.5 million! And others include vending machines for ice cream, newspaper, cigarettes, food, pornography etc.....!
11. Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan, as it's viewed as exhaustion from working hard.
- Or rather, you might be complimented for sleeping as it just shows how hard you have worked. What a strange working culture... OK I gotta go sleep now...
What do you think??
Visit the original site and see all the 15 facts about Japan and check out more "fact-slides".

Gifu Tour Guide - Akiko W.

Akiko W.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)

Hello! My name is Akiko from Gifu prefecture. I am a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. I like going out with my family, talking with my friends over coffee at a cozy cafe, reading books, baking bread and cake when I have time. I passed the national tour guide test in 2017 and have worked as a guide since then. I have guided in Gifu city, Seki city, Takayama city, Shirakawago , Mino city and Nagoya city. I have lived in Gifu for more than forty years. Gifu prefecture is rich in nature so you can enjoy the rural atmosphere. Gifu city has a beautiful river 'Nagara river' and Mt.Kinka which has Gifu castle on the top. You can go up the mountain on foot or use a ropeway. The view from Gifu castle is so fantastic. At the foot of the mountain , there are many places to visit such as parks, a temple having a big image of Buddha, and a street preserving the historic atmosphere. At Nagara River, you can enjoy seeing a traditional way of fishing ‘cormorant fishing’ which is thought to have started 1300 years ago. Many cafes have unique service called 'morning service' in Gifu along with Aichi In the morning (until about ten thirty or eleven) when you order a cup of tea or coffee, they serve toast and salad ! Near Gifu park , you can find a nice Japanese style cafe where you enjoy good coffee and seeing a Japanese style garden. Seki city is a small city but so famous for its cutlery. At Japanese sword museum in Seki, you can see authentic Japanese swords! Mino city next to Seki city is well known for its hand made Japanese paper 'Hon minoshi' designated as intangible cultural asset by UNESCO . Until recently it was not easy to guide guests because of COVID-19 pandemic; however the situation is getting better. Some strict rules about COVID-19 have been lifted. Please visit Gifu. I am looking forward to seeing you. Please feel free to ask me when you need information about Gifu. Thank you for reading my introduction.                                                                                                                                 

Shimizu Tour Guide - Sayori H.

Sayori H.

5.00 / 5
(2 reviews)

Hello, I can show you the real Japan. You can taste, see and feel the country. I'd like to show the beautiful culture for you to experience. I can organize the day tour from Shimizu port for Cruise customers. Tea ceremony, strawberry picking experience, anything you are interested, I would love to help you plan your tour. I can communicate in both English and Japanese. I look forward to welcoming people from different parts of the world. Thank you                                                                                                                                 

Shiga Tour Guide - Koichi W.

Koichi W.

4.94 / 5
(51 reviews)

Hi! I'm Koichi. I was born in Osaka, I studied in Kyoto when I was a university student. Now I live in Shiga next to Kyoto. I am a national government licensed tour guide. I have been guiding about 160 groups over the past twelve months. I usually guide my customers mainly in Kansai region including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Shiga by public transportation systems. Well, I am curious about Japanese history, especially the history of Japan's ancient times since I was raised next to the world biggest mausoleum of the ancient Emperor called "Nintoku" in Sakai city Osaka which has just become one of the world cultural heritage sites. I dug out some ancient earthen ware vessels around there when I was a primary school student like the adventure archaeologist “Indiana Jones" (It’s our secret!!). That was my hobby. Now, one of my hobbies is outdoor activities such as mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and others. So I would like to take you to some good places where you can enjoy Japanese unique nature. I love to guide foreign visitors from all over the world. I think it is my calling or heavenly given job. Let's go and enjoy together! I hope to see you soon.                                                                                                                                 

Okinawa Main Island Tour Guide - Tateo U.

Tateo U.

4.99 / 5
(68 reviews)

My name is Tateo. I am officially registerd English tour guide and introducing about Okinawa's history,culture, and nature.I am elderly person but have gone through lots of expericences that happened during US occupation after WW2. For the example, change of monetary system(US dollar to Yen),Change of traffic regulation(driving vehicle from right to left).The reversion of Okinawa to main land Japan was biggest historical event.The US administered Okinawa for 27 years. As a result, thing were Americanized in many aspects. Historically, Okinawa was once independent nation until 1872.During Kingdum era, Okinawa actively traded with China, South Asia Countries, Korea, and Japan. In the end, our culture is quite differ much from main land Japan. For instance, architectural technique, daily customs, and culture are also unique. Okinawa is the only prefecture belong to subtropical climate zone. Even winter time, it's neither hot nor cold. People can enjoy marine sport all through the year.Canoeing, Kayaking, Diving, and Snorkeling are popular. Besides, beatiful white sand beaches and attractive coastline are abundant. Green sea water and blue sky have been lured people from all over the world. Traditional music and dance are worth seeing. Please visit Okinawa and enjoy extraordinary trip. I will be looking forward to seeing you soon.                                                                                                                                  

Plan your trip to Japan

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.

Get Started