Your weekly Journey Agenda: Discover Japan from residence

Pretend it ‘til you make it there.

The 2020 Olympics might have been postponed, however that doesn’t imply you’ll be able to’t nonetheless run rings round Japan – just about at the very least. Go full stream forward with 360° tours, a reside feed of Nagano’s well-known snow monkeys, and your personal Japanese ‘on-nomiconsuming get together.

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. In the event 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 title, they’re really Japanese macaques) through an internet cam as they soak in Nagano’s well-known sizzling springs. It’s a reside feed, so go online through 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 sincere. After which it utterly 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 partially from his 10-cover restaurant in a Tokyo subway, Jiro Desires of Sushi is the outstanding story of 85-year outdated sushi chef, Jiro Ono. Presently accessible on Netflix.

Go to a cat café

Unsurprisingly, Japan has an endless listing of iconic websites you’ll be able to reside 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 the best way 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 get together

Consuming low cost lockdown wine on a video name to the remainder of the world, this present development for on-line consuming with associates 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.

Study to meditate

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

Trip a rollercoaster

For killer views of Tokyo, take a digital journey on the well-known Dome City rollercoaster. The empty ghost city really feel simply provides to the final scariness of the entire expertise. Stream for those who wanna go sooner?

Cease and scent the roses

Okay, in order that they’re really tulips, however every 12 months between March and Might Hitachi Seaside Park bursts into a sea of coloration. The park is at the moment closed, however you’ll be able to 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, nevertheless it’s enterprise as traditional for journey planning and cyber hugs.

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