With electronic products, IT, energy-saving technology, biochemistry, and other technologies developing rapidly since the start of the 21st century, Japan has been consistently leading other nations in research and development in these fields. Major companies in each industry have set up museums and showrooms for displaying the technologies they have developed, establishing venues through which they can share their research results with the general public populace. These museums and showrooms have been well designed as attractions and offers great opportunities to learn about the latest technologies.
Some snack factories, sake (rice wine) factories, automobile factories, and other kinds of factories all over Japan are open to tourists for study tours. The limited-edition products sold only at these factories are also perfect as souvenirs and gifts.
The Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest broadcasting tower at a height of 634 m. At the very top of this tower, which boasts several Japanese engineering feats, there is an observation deck that provides a grand vista of the streets and districts of Tokyo.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Miraikan, is a cultural facility that allows visitors to learn about the latest science and technology while having fun. Demonstrations of the state-of-the-art humanoid robot ASIMO are also organized at the museum.
MEGA WEB Toyota is an amusement park themed on past, current, and future models of cars, and is great fun for both adults and children. It has three pavilions and two test driving courses, where visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions.
The NTT InterCommunication Center is a cultural facility where visitors can enjoy media art exhibits and attractions created through the combination of the latest electronic technology with traditional art and culture.
Japanese toilets are renowned all over the world for being extremely high-tech. They come with features such as automatic lifting/lowering toilet seats, heated toilet seats for the cold months, and washlets, and can be used with great comfort at any time.
The Henn na Hotel has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first hotel where robots attend to guests. At this hotel, robots are used not just to serve as counter staff but also to as porters to guide guests to their rooms.