The Strangest Places to See in Japan

Japan is, perhaps, one of the most talked-about countries in the world, with its cohesive culture and rich history. However, like anywhere else around the world, this country also has a weird side. To be specific, it offers several unusual or bizarre tourist attractions that will make your trip a memorable one. So, what are some of the strangest places to see in Japan?

The Seven Hells of Beppu


Most hot springs are known for their many health and beauty benefits. Generally, you visit them to soak in the pools and, in turn, take in the benefits. However, there is a place in Japan with several hot springs that you shouldn’t take a dip in. We’re talking about the Seven Hells of Beppu, a place where you can stroll through and just admire the pools. For instance, Oniyama Jigoku, or the monster mountain hell, has live crocodiles in it, while the Chinoike Jigoku, or blood pond hell, has red-colored mud. While you can’t get in, you can take pictures with these beautiful hot springs. Also, you can taste the various foods cooked in these hells, such as onsen tamago (egg) and pudding.

Hashima Island

One of the strangest places to see in Japan is Hashima Island, also known as Battleship Island. As you know, this is one of the beautifully eerie abandoned places on Earth. In fact, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Today, tourists are welcome to take a tour of this creepy yet awesome island.


Keep in mind that Hashima Island used to be a bustling city. Before, thousands of people were living on this island when the coal mines were the main energy source. Unfortunately, it was closed in 1974. Since then, the island has been abandoned. Still, the buildings in this place are intact; thus, you can take pictures of the various structures on this island.

Cat Islands – Tashirojima and Aoshima


Japan has several cat islands. The most popular are Tashirojima and Aoshima, and they are the perfect tourist attractions for feline lovers.

There used to be people living on these two islands. However, most of them have sought better opportunities. As such, they left the island, including their homes. As the cat population on these islands increases, the abandoned houses have become their new homes.

When you tour these two cat islands, you will see many abandoned houses. Even so, you will still have a lot of fun because you’ll meet some amazing furry creatures. Unfortunately, there are no restaurants or accommodations on these islands; thus, you have to prepare and plan. Many tourists come out and bring cat food for all the kitties left on the islands.

All in all, these are some of the strangest places to see in Japan. As presented, these tourist attractions have unusual features. Even so, you will have a great time touring these places because of their weird yet magnificent beauty.

Maria is a contributor who is passionate about health, fitness, travel, and beauty. During her free time, she tries to discover the beauty hidden in the chaos of today's fast-paced way of life. With a background in health and medicine, she hopes to inspire you to start living a fun, active, and adventurous lifestyle through her writing.

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