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With many closed borders and travel restrictions, our plans to visit Japan again have to be postponed. Luckily, there are options to enjoy the wonders of Japan from the comforts of your own home. I’ve already made my way through tons of novels about Japan, watched vlogs about people living in Japan and been working at updating my own blog posts about Japan, but it’s not scratched that itch completely…
The company Arigato Japan has a resolution for that! They recently started hosting virtual tours, to bring Japan to you, rather than taking you to Japan. We were invited to take part in their Virtual Tokyo Tour, which shares loads of great info, insider tips and recommendations in Shibuya and Shinjuku.
* I was invited to take part of the Virtual Tokyo tour as a press invite. All opinions are my own.
Who are Arigato Japan?
Arigato Japan Food Tours are a company based in Japan who organise food tours in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. As many of you already know, the Japanese cuisine is *chef’s kiss*. It’s not hard to give you many reasons to take a food tour when you’re visiting Japan.
Because Japan has so many restaurants, izakayas and street food vendors, it’s almost impossible to pick the best places yourself. When we were in Japan, we definitely struggled to find the best spots. Not that we had a bad meal there (everything was super tasty), but I think we would’ve been able to use a local guide to give us all the insider information! Especially on what types of dishes to order.
Due to the travel restrictions, it’s not possible to visit Japan in the near future. Luckily, Arigato Japan has started hosting three virtual tours! They are, in fact, the first company to offer these online experiences with local hosts in Japan! For only ¥1500 (£11.34) per person, I think these are a great way to enjoy and learn about Japan.
About the Virtual Tokyo Tour
Arigato Japan currently has three virtual tours you can choose from:
- Virtual Tokyo Tour through Shibuya and Shinjuku
- Japan Cocktail Hour
- Online Green Tea Tour
We opted for the Virtual Tokyo Tour. Tokyo is by far one of my favourite places in the world and I’m always excited to learn more about the city and adding spots on my next Tokyo itinerary.
Our amazing host Alex took us through two districts in Tokyo: Shibuya and Shinjuku. Seeing the photos and learning more about the highlights took me back to when we were there. Despite already having visited Tokyo in the past, I still learned a lot from Alex and managed to get a few recommendations for hidden gems which I absolutely want to visit next time I’m in Tokyo.
We started the tour with a little introduction of our host and everybody who joined the tour. It was great to start off getting to know everybody a little bit before starting. Alex shared his experience living in Japan for the last five years and his experience working with Arigato Japan.
During the tour itself, we explored Shibuya and Shinjuku. Despite already having visited both areas in Japan, we learned a lot from Alex. It was very fun to hear some in-depth stories about certain places like the Hachiko Statue and the Godzilla Head!
At the end of the tour, there was some time for questions. It really showed me how knowledgeable and passionate Alex is about the Japanese culture and the food scene in Tokyo!
After our tour ended, we got send a resource pack and some of the photos (screenshots) we took with the other participants of the tour. The resource pack included all the information Alex shared with us, including all the cool recommendations. It’s great to have all that info in an email, which meant I didn’t have to take notes and get distracted from the tour itself.
Would I Recommend The Virtual Japan Tour?
100% YES! Especially when you’re not able to go to Japan just yet, these virtual tours are a great way to connect with the culture and the country. Apart from being very informative and giving you a lot of great tips for when you are able to go to Japan, chatting to the local host and the other participants was a lot of fun. I think Alex’s friendly personality and personal stories of his life in Japan added so much to the experience.
It’s also made me very curious about the food tours they host in Japan, and I will keep them on my radar for our next trip!
If this sounds like something you would enjoy, please check out their website and get yourself booked in for the next Virtual Tokyo Tour!