The earliest robots (ロボット) in Japan could be said to be the karakuri mechanical dolls, such as those seen at the Takayama Festival, which gained popularity in the Edo Period (1600-1867). Centuries later, high technology spurred Japan's economy through industrial robots at manufacturing plants, while robot-themed, futuristic anime and manga series like Astro Boy and Gundam, provided inspiration for the potential of robots in society.
Faced with an aging society, Japan's robot technology continued to diversify to robots for healthcare and other service, including robotic exoskeletons that provide workers with additional support for lifting people or heavy objects and companion robots for both the elderly and the young.
Tourists can view and experience robots in an increasing number of places in Japan. Below is a list of some of the country's best robot-related attractions: