Las Vegas. Las Vegas. Pop quiz. What US state is Las Vegas in? Please answer. I can wait. Ummm, California? No. Nevada.Not New York and not California. Some people say that. So let me tell you a little bit about Nevada. The popular cities in Nevada other than Las Vegas are Reno and Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place. But we are going to talk about Las Vegas since Japanese people are so mysteriously attracted to Las Vegas. I must add one thing to this which I didn’t want to add. Las Vegas is only basically one street called the strip or that’s the place that people go to. And it’s popular for the casinos and also the casinos are inside of the beautiful hotels and they look amazing on the outside and sometimes have water shows. One of the lesser know things Las Vegas has that Japanese people might like if they go are the buffet. You guys called it, ビュッフェ or バイキング. I don’t know. Whichever. But they have basically food unlimited. Tabehodai. Be careful. Because if you go to the casinos they have Nomihodai. You can have anything you want and you might spend all of your money there. Cha Ching! Thanks for watching the video. Subscribe below and click the notification bell also so you can get all of our new videos. Also come to eigo2020.jp to get some of our rapid English training courses. See you.
Viva Las Vegas!!
An old phrase that was used to express excitement when one decides to go to Las Vegas.
A phrase I think very suitable for Japanese who decide to go there exclusively when they travel to America.
You may be thinking, “Is it strange to visit only Las Vegas when traveling to the US?”
The only people I’ve met from other countries that only visited Las Vegas when coming to the US are…Japanese people.
I’ve spent a lot of time wondering why.
It’s curious to me that with all the places you could go in this massive country you choose one street that is about 4 miles long.
That’s right. The area that people visit in Vegas is only one street.
If you chose to go to Las Vegas there are a couple things that you should know when going.
It’s not California (See previous blog for California). Since I’m from California, I ask Japanese people who have traveled to America if they have been to California and many times they reply, “Yes, Las Vegas.”
Las Vegas is in Nevada. Close to California, but not California at all.
Side thought: I’ve met people from Shikoku in California, but I’ve never met someone born in Las Vegas (as far as I can remember).
2. Be careful with the free alcohol
In many Casinos when you’re at the machines or tables, service people walk around and give you free drinks. You pay nothing. And the drinks are much better than some of the watered down ones at the cheap Nomihodai’s in Japan. But this comes at a price. Alcohol can cloud your judgement and cause you to make bad decisions. And if you’re playing at a table you should be careful not to play with the locals, they work by making money off people who are drunk and inexperienced.
Tip: Leave most of your money and cards at your hotel to ensure you don’t have to leave Vegas quicker than you intended. Or worse yet, not be able to leave at all because you spent everything!
3. Other attractions
People don’t often talk about the other exciting things in Vegas, but there are. There is the world famous Cirque du Soleil, along with other visually impressive theatrical shows. Most being non-verbal, and can be understood without words. Although the one non-verbal show I watched, I had no idea what it was about (though it was quite impressive visually). They can be a bit pricey though. The show I saw was about 12,000 yen for a normal seat. There is also a small amusement park, and all of the light shows that happen on the outside of the Hotel Casinos.
4. All you can eat buffets
Just as extravagant and fancy as the Hotel Casinos in Vegas are the AYCE (All-you-can-eat buffets). If you come to Vegas for the money and excitement, while you’re taking a rest you can satisfy yourself with as much food as you like, at the most fancy places that have generally reasonable prices. I did a little research to see how things have changed and it seems to have gotten even better. With all the variety of cultural foods, I found many AYCE Japanese places, including a Japanese place called H20 Sushi Izakaya.
Price: about 2500yen. All day everyday.
Anything from Takoyoaki to Tempura.
Having a huge variety of AYCE restaurants in a small city, in addition to the many sites, seems like a good place for those who want to relax and not have to travel around so much on vacation.
The atmosphere in Vegas is pretty family friendly, which in a way means it’s safe. Since it’s known as the entertainment capital of the world, there needs to be security in order to attract the masses. My experience is that if you simply stay on The Strip and just walk through the Casinos (which have connecting pathways) it’s extremely safe. Going down unknown small alleys is something you probably only should do in Japan anyway. All in all, the immediate Vegas area seems to be one of the safest big cities in the world.
Vegas is located in the famous Mojave Desert.
This means during summer it’s very hot and dry. The nighttime can be quite cold due to the lack of humidity. Because it’s a desert, you wont see much beautiful green at all.
Although before I said Vegas is not California, it’s about a 4 hour drive from Los Angeles and 2 hours from Arizona’s Grand Canyon. With a little time, it’s relatively convenient to get to these other popular states. If you went to Seattle Washington you would be out of luck. You would be surrounded by similar states that are basically Doinaka （ど田舎）.
There are some plus alpha things in Vegas you may also not know about.
For kids, shows they may enjoy are: Blue man group, Siegfried and Roy, along with any magic shows. In addition they have museums, indoor theme park, an aquarium, and the Titanic exhibition (amongst others). Your kids can enjoy it as much as you do.
By looking back at my experience and doing research about how Vegas has become recently, maybe I was the one who actually didn’t know about particular points of my home country. Maybe Japanese have a special eye for things we overlook. My original image of Vegas was just Casinos and flashy lights. But now I’ve realized there is much more and I can say that as a resort style vacation I would recommend it above Los Angeles. Unless you’re incredibly rich. In that case you can make Los Angeles whatever you wish. But for the average Japanese person that wants to visit a fairly safe big city in the U.S. for a relaxing time, Las Vegas has my vote.[日本語文へ]