Photos That Prove Tokyo Is Basically The Future

Japan is a place that a lot of people have on their bucket list—and with good reason. It’s beautiful, has a rich culture, and is packed with things you wouldn’t see anywhere else in the world. One of the coolest things about going to Japan is how futuristic it seems.

Every Bathroom Needs This

public bathroom has a privacy button that plays music
Photo Credit: Instagram / @santodasaro
Photo Credit: Instagram / @santodasaro

These washrooms have tiny speakers that you can use to get some privacy if you’re a little stall shy. It plays music so that no one can hear you doing your business.

You Can Get Ramen From A Vending Machine

a ramem vending machine
Photo Credit: Instagram / @stella_gaeun_lee
Photo Credit: Instagram / @stella_gaeun_lee

In fact, you can get a lot out of a vending machine, like bananas, umbrellas, and even electronics and clean underwear. Apparently, the ramen in the vending machine is pretty good.

Isn’t That Beautiful?

customized manhole cover for each locality in Japan
Photo Credit: Twitter / @JonathanHsy
Photo Credit: Twitter / @JonathanHsy

Japan has manholes that are custom-designed for each of Japan’s localities. It’s an amazing way to remember where you are and be able to take cute pictures to post on your Instagram.

A Button For All Taxies

a button you can press to tell the driver to slow down
Photo Credit: Reddit / petro26
Photo Credit: Reddit / petro26

This little turtle taxi button is a polite way to let the driver know that they’re driving a bit too quickly for your liking. All the taxies in the world could use these.

You Can Get Clear Everything

a clear latte
Photo Credit: Reddit / twig973
Photo Credit: Reddit / twig973

Clear lattes, clear pop, even clear beer! I wonder what it tastes like? Do you think it tastes like a latte? How do they get it to be clear? There are so many questions!

A Genius Invention

bathroom has a sign that shows you which stalls are being used
Photo Credit: Reddit / youknowitalktoomuch
Photo Credit: Reddit / youknowitalktoomuch

This light-up sign actually shows you which stalls in the bathroom are available and which aren’t. That way, you don’t have to go pushing on doors or peeking under them for shoes.

Would You Look At That

train that is super clean
Photo Credit: Instagram / @giorgia094
Photo Credit: Instagram / @giorgia094

The trains in Japan are crazy clean, like, cleaner than the ones in New York or Toronto have probably ever been. How refreshing would that be if you saw it?

A Little Extra Encouragement

stairs that tell you how many calories you burn walking up them
Photo Credit: Reddit / jwtfs01
Photo Credit: Reddit / jwtfs01

Most of the stairs in Japan have little stickers on them that show how many calories you’ve burned as you were walking up the stairs. It adds a bit of extra encouragement for those who don’t take the elevator.

How Cute!

a robot restaurant that has a cute little parade
Photo Credit: Instagram / @sc_nakamoto
Photo Credit: Instagram / @sc_nakamoto

They have tons of themed restaurants like this robot one that has a cute little parade every day. It’s fun to feel fully immersed in your dining experience, don’t you think?

Strawberries And Cream? Yes Please

a strawberries and cream sandwich
Photo Credit: Instagram / @f.o.v_
Photo Credit: Instagram / @f.o.v_

This is the kind of food that you can get at a convenience store in Tokyo. The store is called Lawsons, and it’s famous for its sandwiches and cute snacks.

Who Wouldn’t Love This?

a wipe to clean your phone
Photo Credit: Reddit / Luwast
Photo Credit: Reddit / Luwast

All over the city, they have little stations set up where you can clean your phone! It will help keep you and the ones around you healthy. Plus, who doesn’t love a clean, sparkly phone?

You Can Never Be Too Careful

an elevator with an emergency toilet
Photo Credit: Reddit / BadHaycock
Photo Credit: Reddit / BadHaycock

These elevators in this building have tiny emergency toilets to use in case the elevators ever stop working and you have to go. Saves everyone a lot of mess and embarrassment.

These Are Adorable

Piggy ice cream cone
Photo Credit: Instagram / @tesshi
Photo Credit: Instagram / @tesshi

There are lots of adorable little treats that you can get, like these piggy ice cream cone treats. They put a lot of effort into the presentation of their products.

Who Wouldn’t Love This?

alcohol served in a juice box
Photo Credit: Reddit / 11TJK
Photo Credit: Reddit / 11TJK

These are tiny alcoholic beverages in containers like juice boxes. You can enjoy an after-work drink while also remembering your childhood all at once. Seems like a fun idea, doesn’t it?

This Is Genius

airport arranged luggage by color
Photo Credit: Reddit / penguinsAreCool3
Photo Credit: Reddit / penguinsAreCool3

This airport in Japan likes to organize all the suitcases they’ve taken off the plane by color so that they are neat and easy to find. Plus, you’ll know exactly where to look for yours.

Every Restaurant Should Have These

an umbrella locker
Photo Credit: Reddit / Nebulae_Denton
Photo Credit: Reddit / Nebulae_Denton

This restaurant has an umbrella locker that you can leave your umbrella at instead of having to take it in with you and get another seat or make your feet super wet.

Something For Everyone

mall has a rollercoaster on it
Photo Credit: The_Optimus_Rhyme
Photo Credit: The_Optimus_Rhyme

This mall has a roller coaster on the roof. Yeah, you read that right. Something about window shopping and thrill-seeking seems to go so well together, don’t you think?

Do You Think It Tastes The Same?

a square shaped watermelon
Photo Credit: Reddit / BoredAs-h
Photo Credit: Reddit / BoredAs-h

The famous square watermelon that many of us have seen on social media. You can buy them at the grocery store in Tokyo like you would any other fruit or veggie.

Would You Drink Your Face?

you can get your own picture printed on a latte
Photo Credit: Reddit / JungleStirFry
Photo Credit: Reddit / JungleStirFry

There are lots of cafés that have a machine that can take your picture and then print it onto the top of your latte! Would you drink a latte with your own face on it?

Woah, That Looks Good

a rainbow grilled cheese
Photo Credit: Reddit / SailingWithAndy
Photo Credit: Reddit / SailingWithAndy

You can get a grilled cheese in Tokyo that has rainbow-colored cheese! What do you think that would taste like? The colors are so bright and it looks so delicious.