04/20/2012 08:46 am ET | Updated Jun 20, 2012

Strangest Sights Of Tokyo

Tokyo is full of baffling attractions. Even more mind-bending is that most of them actually make perfect sense when you stop to think about it. Tokyo runs on its own logic - and after all, what city doesn't? Part of the fun of visiting is tuning into a city's unique 'normal'. Consider some of these unusual must-sees and get into a Tokyo frame of mind.

Take cat cafes: some are just coffee shops with a handful of preening cats, others are full-blown feline palaces with baskets and cat-trees instead of tables and chairs. Here, visitors shed their shoes at the door and get down on their knees to pet and play with the well-groomed animals, paying by the hour for the privilege. Cat cafes are popular date spots, but they also draw plenty of regular, solo customers. But if you take into account that most Tokyo apartments don't allow pets (and those that do cost a premium), cat cafes start to make sense. They function as a sort of public pet centre - in the way that parks make up for an absence of backyards.

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