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Play Real-Life Mario Kart in These Japanese Cities

Japan News
by Eben Diskin Jul 3, 2018

If you’re not prone to road rage and enjoy video games, this could be your dream vacation. You can tour Tokyo, Osaka, and Okinawa on go-karts, dressed as characters from the popular game, “Mario Kart.” Become Mario, Luigi, Toad, or Princess Daisy as you live out your Nintendo fantasy in Japan. The karts are equipped with action cameras, as well as speakers, so not only can you record every minute of the ride, but you can also pump music from the game into your kart for a truly immersive experience.

To participate in the experience, operated by MariCAR, you must have a valid Japanese driver’s license, an international driving permit, or a SOFA license. While you might be tempted to turbo-boost your way past Toad and sideswipe Luigi at 80 kilometers per hour, you must unfortunately still adhere to the rules of the road, and to the public speed limit.

Indeed, MariCAR has issued a warning to those who might have difficulty separating video game from reality. “When riding the go-karts, none of the following will be allowed. 1. No racing each other on the streets. 2. Do not throw banana peels or any other garbage onto the streets. 3. Do not throw red turtle shells or any other objects to each other.” Sounds simple enough, but once you’re in the driver’s seat, it’s probably pretty tough to refrain.

H/T: Lonely Planet

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