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!
How To Virtually Travel To Tokyo A Guide
Table Of Contents
- 1 How To Virtually Travel To Tokyo A Guide
- 1.0.1 #1 LOOK UP FOR PHOTOS OR INSTAGRAM STORIES OF TOKYO
- 1.0.2 #2 WATCH A LIVE STREAM OF TOKYO
- 1.0.3 #3 TAKE A TOKYO VIRTUAL TOUR
- 1.0.4 #4 WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO OF TOKYO
- 1.0.5 #5 READ A MOVIE OR A BOOK ABOUT TOKYO
- 1.0.6 #6 TRY COOKING A LOCAL DISH
So, here we go all the good stuff to visit Tokyo when you’re stuck at home!
#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?
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? 🙂
#2 WATCH A LIVE STREAM OF TOKYO
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 😉
Watch what the very famous crossing passage of Shibuya any time of the day or night!
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!
#3 TAKE A TOKYO VIRTUAL TOUR
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 360° experience! You’ll see a lot of Japan, it’s beautiful and fun!
#4 WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO OF TOKYO
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!
#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
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 🙂
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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