It sort of does suck in many ways (Tokyo) Why? Well, when you see them working 18 hours a day in heels and full suits and at 9 pm on a saturday you see those same dressed people on the train…and not a SINGLE ONE will acknowledge you are even alive. No smiles, head nods, everyone looking at the floor. Plus you can’t talk on the subway as it is a major social no no. People are very polite and reserved which isn’t hard to do when you refuse to make eye contact or speak.
Lots of restaurants have a “menu looksee fee” (don’t know the term in Japanese). So it would cost you a fee if you are sat and decided you didn’t want to eat there.
Oddly enough, highways and high rise buildings both have fences to prevent suicides. You’ll see a high rise building with fencing covering the windows.
The country is spotless and they are about 30 years ahead of us in public transport, how to run a city, and technology.
The pros: If you are an anime fan or a video game dork (I am) then Sega, Bandai, Konami, and others have these 6 story arcades full of games that are exclusive to Japan. The ground floor is all toy cranes, top floor is gambling.
The Judo hall is there too as other people have mentioned. I’m old and have lots of injuries so I have no interest in doing any Judo and watching would be like the ultimate form of grappling blue balls.
Food is great. Stayed at Tokyo Dome hotel and went to an NJPW card at Korukeun hall, which is right next door to the Tokyo Dome. (sp?) Lots of mma, boxing, baseball, kickboxing, and pro wrestling all on the same property. If you are an MMA fan and go when there is a big event it could make the trip worthwhile.
All in all, Japan is cool for a few days but i’m not itching to go back. I like to see happy people having fun, not bunch of isolated hermits being worked to death.