"The Japanese go abroad in a package; they have their own crocodiles, and their own flags and their own must-see stops. This is the way the vast majority travel, and they are not touched."Before the bubble burst on the Japanese economy, waves and waves of tourists were coming overseas. In any Chase Scene or crowd scene, expect there to be such a group of tourists, who just ooh and ahh at the main action and take pictures while flashing the V Sign at one another. This has not quite passed into Dead Horse Trope territory, as plenty of Japanese still do travel overseas in Real Life, and tend to do so in large tour groups due to low levels of foreign-language proficiency and a lack of Japanese speakers and signage in other countries. Such groups are very likely to contain keen and very well-equipped photographers. However, it shows up quite a bit less now than The '80s and The Nineties. The trope usually pokes fun at their tendency to snap photos, travel in huge groups, and always behave like they're visiting a zoo. Since the turn of the 21st century, the stereotypical Asian tourist is increasingly likely to be Chinese and Korean rather than Japanese. A subtrope of Funny Foreigner. If they get a chance to talk, may often use Asian Speekee Engrish. Compare with the Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist, the Eagleland equivalent.
— Donald Ritchie, quoted in Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan by Alex Kerr
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- In a Dutch national lottery commercial, one of the number balls is seen mooning a bus full of Japanese tourists in America. Later, a tourist points this out to the police at the station.
- Japanese tourists are photographing a Dutch windmill when Leslie Nielsen suddenly opens the door, knocking the miller into the path of the sails. Nielsen then proceeds to explain the benefits of Dutchtone, unaware that the tourists gasps of amazement are over the miller traveling round and round on the windmill sails.
Anime & Manga
- In Hellsing, Seras uses a group of elderly Japanese tourists to break up a fight between Alucard and Alexander Anderson in a museum, requiring the two combatants to freeze in place and be treated like statues. It's just as funny as it sounds.
- Appears in The Big O of all things, where they develop a mech for Beck and proceed to gawk at the fight between it and Big O.
- Japan/Honda Kiku from Axis Powers Hetalia, even moreso in Japanese fanart.
- One Black Lagoon episode, a Japanese salaryman traveling with his son meets up with and has friendly conversation with the character Masahiro Takenaka, who he thinks looks familiar (Takenaka is a terrorist and fugitive- he actually looks familiar because his face is on wanted posters). Takenaka is based upon Kozo Okamoto, and the implication seems to be that the last time he was at an airport, he was blowing it up.
- Invoked in Midori Days when the cast meet Daniel (who is himself Eagleland personified). He complains that Seiji – a delinquent with bleached hair – looks nothing like how he expected Japanese to look. So he gives Seiji an impromptu makeover to fit his preconceived stereotype... including a salaryman haircut, glasses, large front teeth, and yes a camera around his neck.
- Played absolutely straight in Shirobako with Aoi's older sister Kaori without her even leaving Japan. Being a Country Mouse, she hits all the stereotypes of a Japanese tourist while on vacation in Tokyo.
- Miss Congeniality had a couple of these.
- Jay jumps onto a tour bus filled with Japanese tourists in the second opening sequence of Men In Black.
- Rush Hour features a bus of Japanese tourists as well, with Carter gladly posing for them, along with Lee getting plenty of shots as he hangs from the Hollywood Boulevard sign!
- The guy from Gremlins 2: The New Batch: "Work a camera? I am a camera!"
- At the the beginning of Austin Powers in Goldmember there are a couple of Asian tourists.
- Foul Play with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, Chevy needs to reach the Opera house in a hurry, so he commandeers a cab with a Japanese tourist couple in it.
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park. When the tyrannosaurus rex escapes in San Diego, a group of Japanese tourists are seen running away from it. There's a Bilingual Bonus too: they're saying "I left Japan to get away from this!" in Japanese, a Shout-Out to the Godzilla movies.
- In The Spanish Prisoner these act as one of the many Checkhovs' Gunmen. "Nobody ever pays attention to Japanese tourists."
- There are some Japanese tourists taking pictures of forks and knives in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
- Actually played with in Moonwalker during the "Speed Demon" segment, where Michael runs into a herd of tromping feet and flashing cameras.
- There are a couple of these in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. They see the titular kid, and naturally, a Shout-Out to the kaiju movies ensues... The subtitles lampshade it:
Tourist #1: Godzilla!Tourist #2: No, it's a giant baby!
- There is an entire busload of this trope in Under the Rainbow starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.
- In an early scene in Airplane!, a Japanese tourist at the airport terminal loses his balance after he adds yet another camera onto his already camera-laden shoulder.
- In X-Men: The Last Stand, when Magneto detaches the Golden Gate Bridge and moves one end onto Alcatraz Island, there's a cut to a group of Japanese tourists who flee, leaving one astounded man behind a camera on a tripod.
- In Crocodile Dundee 2, two camera-toting salarymen on holiday in New York City help Dundee take down a hitman using flash photography and a karate kick. Afterwards, they convince each other that Dundee was Clint Eastwood.
- In Hannibal, a Japanese tour group is seen in an establishing shot right before Inspector Pazzi is murdered.
- A criminal recently tried to hijack a bus filled with Japanese tourists. The police are currently overloaded trying to catalog 2,347 pieces of photographic evidence.
- A Japanese tourist comes home and is asked if he saw anything interesting. "I don't know, I haven't looked at the pictures yet."
- Twoflower from Discworld was essentially the Fantasy Counterpart Culture of this. The movie version gets a Caucasian Race Lift and is much more the Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist, likely on the grounds that it was a more acceptable target.
- In Jingo, an Agatean tourist is in the crowd at the procession, taking lots of pictures that Carrot later uses as evidence in investigating the failed assassination of Prince Khufurah.
- In The Dark Tower series, Mia, a traveler from another world, feels threatened and embarrassed by a group of Japanese tourists who keep trying to hand her cameras, which she cannot operate, to take their picture, all while speaking Engrish.
- In The Handmaid's Tale even the theocratic dystopia of Gilead has Japanese tourists.
- Alex Rider runs in front of a group of Japanese tourists and happens to be caught in their photo in Eagle Strike.
- In the Thursday Next books, Thursday meets two at Thornfield Hall, where they can tour the estate and even meet Mr Rochester and the other characters. (Mrs. Nakajima, the leader, apparently makes a living off it.) They make a point of staying out of Jane's way so that they don't disturb the narrative.
Live Action Television
- In an episode of Are You Being Served?, a Japanese Tourist comes into the store with his "Cledit Caa" (Sooooooo!). Captain Peacock's attempts to communicate with him are at least as hilarious as the tourist himself ("You wanty buy?" "Whaty-wanty?"). He ends up falling down the stairs and having his head stuck in one of Mr Mash's buckets.
Captain Peacock: And this, Honourable Mr Lucas.Tourist: Rucas *bows deeply* Sooooo!Lucas: No, no, no, Lukas.Tourist: Rucas!Lucas: No, Luuukas—Captain Peacock: *interrupting* You must understand, Mr Lucas, that this gentleman is Japanese. He has difficulty getting his tongue 'round his "r"s.Long beat
- One game of Weird Newscasters on Whose Line Is It Anyway? saw Wayne Brady getting this role. That's not how N-Word Privileges works, people...
- In the Supernatural episode "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01), Dean tells Sam that he let some Japanese tourists take pictures with Sam while he was passed out, but he made sure none of them got to handsy.
- In the comedy What We Need Is A Golf Course, Satan convinces God that the best way to increase Heaven's appeal is to build a golf course. Cue Evil Laugh as Heaven is overrun by camera-wielding Japanese.
- The fourth series of Playmobil blind-bagged figures for girls includes a "Tourist" that's just an Asian woman with a camera.
- There's a group of these in The Adventures of Willy Beamish. If you're nice to them, they turn out to be disguised ninjas, who save you from a death by gang beating.
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Rose and Raiden reminisce about a group of Japanese tourists they had met in New York who asked which building King Kong had climbed on.
- A cutscene in Leisure Suit Larry: Love For Sail goes like this: after returning from one of his disastrous sexual escapades, the protagonist stumbles upon a group of camera-wielding Japanese tourists. Who take very embarrassing photos of his butt-naked self.
- Two survivors in Dead Rising turn out to be this. They run away from you, assuming you're a zombie; you have to pick up an English-to-Japanese dictionary to talk to them and convince them to come with you to the safe security room.
- Pokémon X and Y, which are set in a Fantasy Counterpart Culture version of France, features a new trainer class called Tourist. All of them look distinctly Asian, have Japanese names, and only use Pokémon from the first four generations (which took place in Fantasy Counterpart Culture Japan).
- Nippon Safes Inc is set in Japan and has none as such, but the sequel features one at the Red Square. Despite being a horrendous stereotype, he subverts some aspects of the trope in that he has a state-of-the-art camera but is proved to be incapable to actually use it.
- The "Misutaa Supaakuru!" tourists from the eighth-season Simpsons episode "In Marge We Trust". The comment at the top of the page about Japanese tourists acting like they were in a zoo, the tourists from that episode were in a zoo when they appeared.
- A Japanese tourist family are getting their pictures taken in front of the Simpsons house when their foundation is sinking in "Marge Gets A Job".
- In "A Star is Burns", Bart has an Imagine Spot of him selling fake maps to celebrities' homes to a family of Japanese tourists. Cue said tourists going up to Moe's front door and mistaking him for Drew Barrymore.
- As anyone who has worked at a tourist attraction can attest, this trope is Truth in Television.
- Apparently it even occurs in Japan. Ainu artist Bikky Sunazawa coined the term "kanko Ainu" to describe Ainu who made their money selling art to tourists from Honshu. In fact, given that Japan has a very active internal tourism industry, it's actually the other way round. The amount of Japanese tourists going to foreign destinations is many times lower than those touring their homeland, so the ones we see are actually just a tiny outflow of the innumerable hordes going back and forth at home. You have a much, much higher chance of meeting a stereotypical Japanese Tourist in Japan than abroad.
- Hilariously, going to Japan will make you into this. Everything is so different you'll want to take photos of it all.
- And Japanese people will give you a funny look if you try to NOT behave like a visiting weaboo (at least in the most tourist-oriented spots; Kaminari-mon springs to mind.)
- In America, the Disney Theme Parks are probably the most popular vacation destination for Japanese tourists.
- Just to illustrate a photography bit: one of the largest electronics retail chains in Japan? Yodobashi Camera. Their major competitor? Bic Camera. Japanese are indeed big on photos.
- In an anecdote from Molly Ivins, where she visits a village in the Himalayas for humanitarian work, one of her blonde, blue-eyed travelmates is mistaken by the natives for Japanese, since, "what else would a person with three cameras be?"
- And then there's Toshifumi Fujimoto, a Japanese Tourist who tours war zones.