Surprisingly popular with foreigners sights


Perhaps some of my readers have made the New Year resolution to head to Japan, so here are a few suggestions for where to go from a survey by goo Ranking into sights that Japanese are surprised to hear are popular with foreigners.

I’ve linked all the sights to either their official sites or to other reviews of the places. I’ve never really understood the attraction of the Shibuya crossing; perhaps I was too used to other busy crossings in Osaka before it appeared on my radar? The Robot Restaurant looks utterly cheesy and I’ve heard it’s quite overpriced for what it offers. The one I’d recommend the most (although probably the most out-of-the-way one) is number 16 Koyasan Okunoin, a graveyard with a lot of spooky atmosphere:

Okuno-in cemetery, Koyasan

Ranking result

Q: What location are you most surprised to hear is popular with foreigners? (Sample size=1,335)

Rank Votes
1Maishima Incinerator, Osaka467
2Shibuya scramble crossing, Tokyo100
3Robot Restaurant, Tokyo71
4Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo65
5Video Game Centre “Space Station”, Osaka63
6Toyota Automobile Museum, Aichi60
7Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa53
8Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwata Mountain, Kyoto50
9Shinjuku Golden Gai, Tokyo48
10Roppongi Hills, Tokyo37
11Kaiyukan Aquarium, Osaka35
12Samurai Kembu Theatre, Kyoto33
13=Akihabara, Tokyo32
13=Naritasan Shinshoji Temple32
15Nara Park, Nara29
16Koyasan Okunoin, Wakayama28
17Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano27
18=Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa26
18=Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo26
20Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo20
21Kuromon Ichiba Market, Osaka19
22Kyoto Nishiki Market, Kyoto14


Between the 4th and 18th of March 2016 1,335 members of the iResearch monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were available.

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