Missing Japan? Virtual tours come with shopping, drinks and souvenirs - CNBC
Jul 30, 2021 1 min, 21 secs

For 2,000 Japanese yen ($18), armchair travelers can take a virtual trip to the district of Asakusa through one-hour interactive tours conducted by tour company Tokyo Localized.

The tour takes viewers down the narrow streets of Asakusa, one of six remaining geisha districts in Tokyo.

Viewers can request online tours of other locations through Japan Online Tour.

She takes him on virtual tours there, where she buys Godzilla figurines, matcha (a finely ground green tea) and other products before shipping them to her client's home in Los Angeles, she said.

Virtual tours seldom come with souvenirs, but those who sign up for this furoshiki online workshop are sent a customized package from Japan before the class begins.

Art and antiquity enthusiasts can virtually stroll The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the Tokyo National Museum.

For contemporary Asian art, viewers can look to the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, or find traditional Japanese paintings, called nihonga, inside the Yamatane Museum of Art.

A large collection of dinosaur fossils can be viewed via a virtual reality tour of Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo’s Ueno district.

A virtual tour of the museum, entitled “Future Memory,” takes viewers down dark corridors that showcase burned clothing, children’s toys and other items recovered from the blast that killed an estimated 140,000 people.

One of the better online park tours in Japan is of Hiroshima’s Shukkeien Garden.

Japanese cultural experience company Maikoya conducts a 45-minute class via Zoom, where for 4,900 Japanese yen ($44) viewers can learn the traditional way to drink from a tea bowl from a live kimono-clad teacher in Kyoto

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