How To Virtually Travel To Tokyo A Guide

How To Virtually Travel To Tokyo A Guide

So you can’t travel at the moment? But you’d like to visit Tokyo while stuck at home!

Well I have good news for you can visit Tokyo (virtually) from home!

Whether you can’t go to Tokyo for personal reasons, no holidays, not enough money or whatever really.
That doesn’t mean you have to give it up until you can visit! I know that I really want to, but it’s safer to stay home at the moment so why not virtually travel?!

And how about we take a virtual vacation to Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo is usually very busy and touristy during the month of April as this means it is the seasons for cherry blossoms, right now, well, not so much…

So you’re probably wondering how to virtually travel to Tokyo? I mean it does sound a bit weird, I agree, but we have to be creative lately and we can go there without moving from our home!

Well, let me tell you the best ways to travel around Tokyo virtually and things to do without leaving your home so you can have a lovely vacation!


So, if you follow me on Instagram (if not you should @cpt_lyne! I post photos of Japan there) you know that I was supposed to still be in Japan at the moment, and, I would have been in Tokyo this day for the end of my trip!

Unfortunately, while we were still allowed to travel at the beginning of March things unravelled pretty quickly in Europe and around the world and we played it safe and hoped on the first plane to go home by the end of the month when our return flight has been cancelled and to keep travelling was not the thing to do either.

Of course, I miss it dearly! Tokyo is one of my favourite city in the world and Japan a country I still want to explore more and more every time I go.

I also miss travelling altogether obviously, and if you do too then here are 10 ways to keep the travel spirit alive at home!

Read: A COMPLETE TOKYO TRAVEL GUIDE

How To Virtually Travel To Tokyo A Guide

So, here we go all the good stuff to visit Tokyo when you’re stuck at home!

How To Virtually Travel To Tokyo A Guide

#1 LOOK UP FOR PHOTOS OR INSTAGRAM STORIES OF TOKYO

A fun way to dream about a destinations that has been there since a while is to look up for photos of destinations you want to visit, so why not look up at photos of Tokyo in bloom?

It’s pretty easy to find recent photos of a place today with Instagram or to follow accounts that post only about a specific place such as Tokyo.
Also with the technology, it is now possible to watch people stories when they share their day to day life with a snippet of the city when they add their locations.

If you go on Instagram, search for Tokyo (or any area of Tokyo you’d like to see Ginza, Shibuya and so on…Might even be a museum or a park) on the explorations page, select “places” and you can see stories from Tokyo!

It’s not always interesting but a lot of time you can see some cool places!

As I mentioned above right now would be the end of the sakura season in Tokyo so why not look up at beautiful cherry blossoms tree photos?

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Another good option is to look up for Travel Photo Diary, it’s something I like to do here on the blog and I know a lot of people do to if you look it up in google!

Last but not least if you have already been to Tokyo in the past why not go down memory lane by taking a look at your own photos? ๐Ÿ™‚

#2 WATCH A LIVE STREAM OF TOKYO

How To Virtually Travel To Tokyo A Guide

One of the best ways to travel virtually to Tokyo is to watch a live stream you can see live what’s happening in the busy capital of Japan!

Maybe play a game to see how many people with a red shirt you can spot? or how many restaurants! Well, you get the drill ๐Ÿ˜‰

SHIBUYA CROSSING LIVE STREAM

Watch what the very famous crossing passage of Shibuya any time of the day or night!

VARIOUS PLACES ODAIBA/TOKYO TOWER/ AKIHABARA LIVE STREAM

All those cool places in Tokyo have a Livestream, so, just pick the one you like and admire the view as well as what’s going on there! It’s always fun to see what’s life is like on the other side of the world while you’re home!

Read: 11 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JAPAN

#3 TAKE A TOKYO VIRTUAL TOUR

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Now that we have covered the Livestreams of Tokyo why not explore the city in a different way with the numerous virtual tours that are available, from part of the city, theme parks and museums there is a lot to do virtually!

TOKYO DISNEYLAND VIRTUAL TOUR

Are you a Disneyland fan? Would you love to visit Tokyo Disneyland?

Then hop on and take a virtual tour to explore the magic world of Disneyland Tokyo! You can move around and get to know the name of the places you click on.

Virtual tour of Tokyo Disneyland Park:
Here for Adventureland Fantasyland and Toon Town
Here for the Harbour and ToyStory

TOKYO FUJI ART MUSEUM

If you’d like to explore an art museum then why not pick the Fuji Art Museum to see all the beautiful art pieces hidden between the walls as well as the permanent exhibitions there!

TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM VIRTUAL TOUR

If you’re keen on visiting virtually another museum then head out to the Tokyo National Museum to see more art and learn about this unique museum which is the oldest museum in Japan and one of the largest in the world!

TOHOKU x TOKYO VIRTUAL TOUR

Watch all the beauty of Tokyo and the region of Tohoku with this fun 360ยฐ experience! You’ll see a lot of Japan, it’s beautiful and fun!


#4 WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO OF TOKYO

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Youtube has been around and a popular places to watch more about the world for over a decade now, so, it’s no surprise that it’s a pretty good way!

Jump in and watch some Tokyo vlog, they are a good way to travel virtually and also to learn some new stuff or discover some new places and restaurant to add to your bucket list.

Some of my favourite channel about Tokyo (and Japan in general) are:

I am also working on editing some videos of my last trip to Tokyo/Japan so if you like you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel to be sure not to miss them!

Read: 10 THINGS YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT TOKYO

#5 READ A MOVIE OR A BOOK ABOUT TOKYO

Another good way to escape the reality and feels like you’re visiting another place and in this case, Tokyo is to read a book so you can visualise in your head some beautiful landscape or imagine some odour (speaking of odour wait for number #6!)

Here are some good books to read about Tokyo:

  • Sputnik Sweetheart” by Haruki Murakami
  • Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata
  • The last children of Tokyo” by Yoko Tawada
  • Sanshiro” by Natsume Soseki

Don’t worry if you’re not much of a book person I have an alternative for you, watch a movie!

Here are some good movies about Tokyo to watch:

  • Lost In Translation
  • Adrift in Tokyo
  • Tokyo Story
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Cherry Blossoms 

If you’d like to watch a TV show about Japan real life I highly recommend you to watch Terrace House on Netflix.

Another good show I am watching lately which takes place in Tokyo is “Followers“.

#6 TRY COOKING A LOCAL DISH

VIRTUAL GUIDE TO TOKYO

Ok this one doesn’t specifically apply to Tokyo only but to all of Japan in general.

If you do like Japanese food but you can’t get any right now then why not try and make your own Japanese dishes at home?

Sure, not everything is doable but there’s still plenty of stuff doable for example egg sandwiches are easy, onigiri with various stuffing, or an omu-rice and more!
You could even make your own ramen or curry at home!

Check out those 55 quick and easy recipes to try at home!

Of course, it might not taste the same, but, you know what they say, practice makes perfect! So, cook away ๐Ÿ™‚

And this concludes my how to travel to Tokyo Virtually and without leaving your home! I hope you enjoyed it and have plenty of ideas to now explore Tokyo from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are)!

Remember to stay home and stay safe!


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25 Comments

  1. Cristina Petrini
    15/04/2020 / 16:23

    In this period, reading travel stories or travel tips is beautiful and interesting in my opinion. Both to allow the mind to travel, but also to collect info for the future.

  2. Rebecca Lerner
    15/04/2020 / 16:49

    I was supposed to be in Mexico at the start of March – it is a hard reckoning. I think you’re right about virtual traveling.

  3. Rebecca
    15/04/2020 / 16:52

    I love Murakami โ€” Sputnik Sweetheart is a great rec. I’ve been learning French and looking for immersive movies about other cultures.

  4. 15/04/2020 / 16:59

    sounds like a great way to visit. Love the pictures very pretty gonna have to check this out myself

  5. 15/04/2020 / 21:00

    This is a great way to experience all Tokyo has to offer without leaving home. I love Japanese food, fortunately we have a Japanese food restaurant that can still to carry out so we have been ordering.

  6. 15/04/2020 / 21:47

    Now if I could just virtual travel and have some of the food of the place. I also need swimming pool to relax in

    • 18/04/2020 / 13:12

      Tokyo and Japan have always been my dream destination.thanks for sharing.

  7. Moon Ray
    15/04/2020 / 22:00

    This is really amazing. It can not be better in the current lock down scenario.

  8. 16/04/2020 / 07:57

    You picked the perfect city for a virtual tour! Tokyo is one of my absolute favorite cities. I consider myself lucky to have been able to visit Tokyo more than once in this lifetime. My IG feed is full of old travel pics. I cant wait for the day when we can all go back to seeing the rest of the world.

  9. 16/04/2020 / 09:10

    Thank you for taking me on a virtual tour of Tokyo. I have always wanted to visit this place.

  10. 16/04/2020 / 13:21

    Wow. you make me miss japan with this post! That ramen is looking so delicious!! I don’t think I could make the same way that japanese do… ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 16/04/2020 / 16:33

    I LOVE the live stream idea!!! So cool. Tokyo is a dream destination for me so this is a great way to prepare for going as well. xx

  12. I love that there are so many different live-streams and virtual tours available right now. We may not be able to get out and enjoy the travel plans that we had originally made, but it’s the next best thing.

  13. World In Eyes
    17/04/2020 / 06:47

    It is really an amazing and great guide post, which is very much useful for travelers

  14. 17/04/2020 / 09:28

    That’s so cool that they have a virtual way to tour Tokyo. I would love to do the one of Tokyo Disneyland. Must be amazing.

  15. Tia J McKinzie
    18/04/2020 / 07:14

    Gorgeous views! I would like to take an actual tour. my husband wants to go back one day!

  16. 18/04/2020 / 13:10

    Tokyo and Japan have always been my dream destination.thanks for sharing.

  17. Anthony Pom
    02/05/2020 / 10:42

    I went to Tokyo last Jan and I loved it ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Kate Toll
    06/05/2020 / 16:20

    I was hoping to visit Tokyo this summer, but unfortunately I don’t see that happening. Thanks for sharing all of these amazing virtual tours – I am so excited to check them out. Especially the Disneyland tour – how fun!!

  19. Erin
    06/05/2020 / 18:31

    This is an amazing virtual guide!! I visited Japan a few years ago and since then I’ve been dreaming of going back. Since we can’t travel right now, I’ll visit Tokyo virtually instead. Thanks for sharing these ideas for traveling to Tokyo (virtually).

  20. cristinarm937
    06/05/2020 / 20:54

    These are great ideas! I like creating itineraries and getting inspiration for future travels ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 07/05/2020 / 17:53

    Oh a virtual tour during this time is great to have! Great list and links to easily find.

  22. 07/05/2020 / 18:08

    I absolutely love Tokyo! Reading this made me miss it even more. That Ramen looks so delicious and I watching YouTube videos is such a great idea!

  23. 07/05/2020 / 19:15

    Japan is one of the TOP places on my bucket list… really hope to be able to physically visit soon!

  24. 16/05/2020 / 00:00

    This is wonderful! Our family has been cooking from around the world while home recently. We just did homemade ramen and it was delicious!

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