The 9 Best Online / Virtual Tours in Japan You Can Enjoy at Home

Things to do in Japan

We all love traveling, unfortunately at this moment we can’t go traveling abroad and you cannot visit Japan due to the coronavirus outbreak. But we have some good news for you: there are so many great ways to enjoy Japan from your home! Today we introduce the best online (virtual) tours in or about Japan!

Cultural Experiences

1. Meditation with a Japanese Buddhist Monk

This experience is the most popular online-experience with Airbnb from Japan. During this session a Japanese Buddhist monk tell you why he became a Buddhist monk and explain about his meditation practice. Then, you try two types of meditation together!

Meditation with a Japanese Buddhist Monk - Airbnb
大阪市 - In this online experience, I start by sharing the story behind how and why I became a Buddhist monk and about my meditation practice. Next, we’ll do two t...

2. Be a comic story teller “Rakugo-ka” experience

Rakugo is a comic story told by a rakugoka (storyteller) that is sitting on a stage. This sitting comedy is a form of the traditional Japanese art of storytelling. Next to enjoying an English rakugo story you can also practice trying o lett some short story like a comic story teller!

3. Learn to Draw with Japan’s Manga University

Manga is a modern Japanese cultural experience comparable to rakugo, traditional one.
In this experience you can find how to draw manga characters from head to toe.

Learn to Draw with Japan's Manga University - Airbnb
Tokyo - Join me for this Manga University online class and I'll show you how to draw manga characters from head to toe. You will see a full screen of my canvas...

4. Origami and the culture of Japan

Origami is the traditional folding paper art craft. Almost all Japanese learn origami when they are kids. There are some easier basic figures, but if you like a challenge you can learn how to fold the more advanced origami figures! Let’s enjoy origami online!

Origami and the Culture of Japan - Airbnb
Koto City - I will guide you online to the world of ORIGAMI, the traditional folding paper artcraft and kids' play from Japan. You can either enjoy watching the...

Japanese Food Experiences

5. Japanese Food Art: Cute Cartoon Lunch

You probably have heard of a bento box, it is an integral part of Japanese culture, that is very famous. Especially Kyaraben or Charaben, a style of elaborately arranged bonto boxes with food carved to look like different famous cartoon characters, animals, or other objects. Let’s try to make on your own!

Japanese Food Art: Cute Cartoon Lunch - Airbnb
Shinjuku City - Learn the Japanese art of Kyaraben or charaben, a style of elaborately arranged bento boxes with food carved to look like different famous carto...

6. Become a Sake Master with a Sommelier

Sake bottles

Many tourists want to try real sake from Japan when they visit Japan. Recently sake has become very popular but do you know how sake is produced and how to find good sake?

Let’s learn all about sake from your home!

Become a Sake Master with a Sommelier - Airbnb
Tokyo - Let's learn about sake at home! We will go over the basic of sake such as - How sake is made - Sake terminologies - Ways to enjoy sake better - Sake &...

7. Tips to Brew Delicious Japanese Tea by Tea Master

Tea leaves picking

Japanese Tea is becoming fashionable around the world because it’s tasty and healthy.
In this experience you will learn everything there is to know about Japanese tea and how to brew delicious tea.

Tips to Brew Delicious Japanese Tea by Tea Master - Airbnb
白老町 - The way you brew your tea can truly impact its taste. In this experience, we would like to share our knowledge of tea with you and tell you how to brew ...

Architecture Tours

8. VIRTUAL Nakagin Capsule Tower Tour

Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower is one of the most iconic building in Tokyo and a symbol of the Metabolism movement of the ’60s and ’70s. The capsule units were designed to be removable and replaceable every 25years. 

On this virtual tour, we will explore Tokyo’s masterpiece through maps, a series of illustrations and photos as if you are entering the actual capsule room. 
You will virtually visit beautifully renovated capsule with the original amenities, such as a 45 year old Sony TV and open reel tape deck attached. 

Nakagin Capsule Tower Tour | Showcase Tokyo Architecture tours
Nakagin Capsule Tower tour with English speaking guide.

Virtual highlight tour

9. Tokyo Virtual Highlight Tour

Asakusa shrine

This online experience gives you a rough idea of Tokyo’s sightseeing spots and he Japanese culture. It’s about 45-60 minutes experience via Zoom and from the experience you can learn more about what you could see in Tokyo and receive some travel tips. 

Virtual Tokyo Highlight Tour -
This online experience gives you rough idea of Tokyo's sightseeing spot and culture. It's about 45-60 minutes experience via Zoom and could understand

There are of course many more online experiences you can have, from the comfort of your own home. The ones listed as above, are just some of our favourites. Are you interested in some other, unique experiences but don’t know how to find this? Just contact us and we will happily help you with selecting the best experience possible.

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