30 Times People Traveled To Japan And Realized They’re Too Tall For It

Perhaps it’s the geography of the country; the wide-open spaces of the Prarie, the vast cornfields in the midwest and the deserts of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah – Americans are comfortable with big. Big cars, big meals, big houses.

On the other side is Japan; 126 million people squeezed on to four main islands, with a total area 26 times smaller than the USA. The Japanese have learned to be economical with space – whether it be technology, houses or dioramas – which can be an issue when tall people visit the country. Heads are bumped on low doors, showers are too short, and train seats… well, it’s cozy put it that way.

This list shows the struggles of the lanky in this compact country, we’d recommend bringing a helmet if you’re over 6ft! Scroll down below to check out the list for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!


My 6’7″ Stepfather Is Visiting Japan This Week

The cool and informative blog Japanese Journey by a 29-year-old man called Johannes gives some interesting insights into the struggles of being tall in Japan. Even though the 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) German is of average height in his own country, the average male height in Japan is 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in), so he does stand out. Here are a few of his observations about being head and shoulders above people almost all of the time.

Bumping your head: When your body height is above the Japanese average, you will very likely bump your head. Most of the time, you will be aware of low door frames and the like and therefore take care. In old buildings, such as the shops in higashi chaya district, the shop assistants may even tell you to take care. However, there will be instances when you won’t be expecting things to hang that low and therefore be less attentive.

My own favorite items to bump my head against are the handles in the Tokyo metro trains. They hang at the height of my forehead, maybe at 172 cm. In the perfect position for the heads of people like me. This usually happens up to five times per trip, then I start to get it.


Tall In Japan


6’3” Lived In A Traditional Japanese House In Japan For Two Months. There Were Lots Of Exposed Wooden Beams

Things don’t fit: Many things won’t fit you. At my size, it is not that hard to find fitting clothes or shoes. However, things that are shared by everyone, such as toilet slippers in restaurants, will be too small. The same goes for the interior features such as benches, tables, and sinks.

When I was sitting at the table in my girlfriend’s parent’s house for the first time, I was surprised by how low but still comfortable the table and benches were. Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to get accustomed to it.


Asked A Guy To Take A Photo Of Me And My Friends With Some Bathing Snow Monkeys In Nagano, Japan. Checked The Photo Later


Life Being Tall In Japan. Side Note: This Was A Hit With The Crowd And There Were Lots Of Giggles

Being asked about your body height: “How tall are you?” is a sentence I haven’t been asked in the last decade in Europe. In Japan things are different.

Maybe one out of three times when my girlfriend introduces me to someone, usually women, I hear it. And while this makes me somehow feel like I’m positively impressive, the reactions that are shown upon hearing “180 ” (1.80 m) are even more pleasing.


My Trip To Japan As A 6.3 Feet Guy Summed Up


Shark Bait

Seeing far ahead on busy streets: When I went out on a Saturday evening in Shinjuku, the first thing I noticed were masses of people. The second thing was that, even though the area was packed, I could see anything. “Legolas! What do your elf eyes see?” shouts Aragorn in the back of my head.

Because I was a bit taller than most of the others, I was able to actually see the end of the road without a head appearing in my view. “So this is how basketball players feel all the time,” I thought and enjoyed the evening.


I Recently Travelled To Japan


Every time I Visit Japan I Feel Like I Don’t Fit In… I Wonder Why?


In Japan, Tall Friends Duck Together


Tall People Problems


We Came, We Saw, We Raised The Roof


Japan Wasn’t Built For Me


If I Could Summarize My Recent Trip To Japan In One Photo, This Would Be It

I’m 6’4″ and the struggle was real


Stayed One Night In This Hostel In Japan. My Head Connected With This Light 8 Times


Loved My First Trip To Japan


Hotels Suck


The Free Brain Cell Removal Rooflines Are A Common Fixture In Japan


Being Tall In Japan


Another Problem With Being A Tall Man In Japan


Meanwhile In Tokyo


Just Got Back From A Trip To Japan. I Know I’m Tall. Didn’t Realize Just *How* Tall Compared To All The Japanese Folks


Traditional Japanese Home. Clearing Doorways Is A Challenge


Just Found R/Tall. I’m Happy To Finally Be Among My Kind. Here’s Me In Japan Trying To Fit In


Big In Japan


Tall People Problems #5535 – On A Train In Japan


My Shower At My Hotel In Japan. I Am Not Pleased Nor Is My Neck


Being 6 Ft 3 In Was Pretty Tough In Japan


To Tall Guys Travelling In Japan: I Feel You, Brothers. I’m 195 Cm (6’4″)