In your list of “Only In Japan” kind of things, you need to add the visit of this giant Gorilla in Tokyo!
You probably already know that you can find Godzilla statues in Kabukicho but not so many people know that there’s a statue of a huge Gorilla in Tokyo. And to be completely honest with you, it’s only after few years living in Tokyo that I discovered it!
So, let’s go straight to the point! Where can we find this statue in Tokyo?
It’s located in a super cool neighbourhood called Sangenjaya in the west side of Tokyo. And as you can see in the photo, the Gorilla is climbing on top of a building and here’s is where is is located exactly on Google Maps:
To go there, you can take the train until Sangenjaya train station and walk around 5 minutes. It’s very easy to find!
To get back to the statue, as you will see, the gorilla is not very hostile and it seems like he’s actually saving a schoolgirl. I asked many people about who built this statue and what’s its meaning but it’s still a mystery.
We can also note that even if the gorilla looks like the famous King Kong, there’s no official statement that it represents it.
I hope this article was helpful! You can find more things to see in Tokyo here: Most Instagrammable places in Tokyo.