Your weekly Journey Agenda: Discover Japan from dwelling

Pretend it ‘til you make it there.

The 2020 Olympics might have been postponed, however that doesn’t imply you possibly can’t nonetheless run rings round Japan – nearly no less than. Go full stream forward with 360° tours, a dwell feed of Nagano’s well-known snow monkeys, and your individual Japanese ‘on-nomiingesting social gathering.

No passport required, simply ardour. (And Wi-Fi). #PauseTheAdventure

Do a full 360

From the late-night dance flooring of Tokyo to the early-morning Buddhist prayers of Kyoto, take a 360° virtual tour around Japan with this 3-minute VR film. Should you don’t have VR glasses, no worries, simply swap for a wine glass.

See snow monkeys

Watch wild snow monkeys (that’s simply their band identify, they’re truly Japanese macaques) through a web based cam as they soak in Nagano’s well-known sizzling springs. It’s a dwell feed, so go browsing in the course of the day. At evening, they’re off doing monkey enterprise.

Go to Tokyo’s teamLab Museum

Since opening to Insta meltdown hype (and presumably an eye-watering electrical energy invoice), the world’s first digital art museum is now up there with Mt. Fuji as a Japan must-see. These videos give a style of the complete immersive and neon glory.

Curl up and browse

The Solely Gaijin within the Village by Scottish author Iain Maloney, had us on the title if we’re completely trustworthy. After which it fully transported us with its warm-hearted and humorous account of life in rural Japan as the one foreigner within the village.

Watch on Netflix

Nationwide treasure standing and three Michelin stars is simply how this sushi grasp rolls. Filmed partly from his 10-cover restaurant in a Tokyo subway, Jiro Desires of Sushi is the exceptional story of 85-year previous sushi chef, Jiro Ono. Presently accessible on Netflix.

Go to a cat café

Unsurprisingly, Japan has an endless listing of iconic websites you possibly can dwell stream: together with the panda enclosure at Ueno Zoo, the ski slopes of Hokkaido and Tokyo’s well-known Shibuya Crossing. Or our private favourite this cat café in Kyoto.

For cultures saké

From easy methods to construct the proper bento field to a digital tour of the world’s most well-known fish market, Google Arts & Culture will take you on an Alice-esque rabbit gap into the offbeat world of Japan’s meals, artwork and historical past.

Throw an on-nomi social gathering

Consuming low-cost lockdown wine on a video name to the remainder of the world, this present pattern for on-line ingesting with pals has birthed a brand new phrase in Japan: on-nomi, or オン飲み in Japanese. Get the saké and share your display screen.

Be taught to meditate

Feeling harassed? The head priest on the Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto is instructing Zen Buddhism meditation – generally known as Zazen on-line. The first video, subtitled in English, teaches fundamental postures and respiration strategies.

Experience a rollercoaster

For killer views of Tokyo, take a digital trip on the well-known Dome City rollercoaster. The empty ghost city really feel simply provides to the overall scariness of the entire expertise. Stream in the event you wanna go quicker?

Cease and odor the roses

Okay, in order that they’re truly tulips, however every yr between March and Could Hitachi Seaside Park bursts into a sea of shade The park is at present closed, however you possibly can benefit from the well-known blooms with a 360° virtual tour.

For extra inspiration, go to our Japan vacation spot information. Or name for a chat. We’re WFH, but it surely’s enterprise as standard for journey planning and cyber hugs.