[Update, November 10] The next live-stream event will feature Lake Kawaguchiko and Mt Fuji in Shizuoka prefecture on Saturday November 14 at 1.45pm JST. To watch the live-stream, visit the official JNTO Facebook page.
[November 5] With travel still limited thanks to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, virtual tours and live-streams are the next best way to see Japan without leaving your living room. The Japanese government’s official tourism body has started hosting Facebook live-streams showcasing sightseeing spots outside the big cities.
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has joined forces with the prefectures of Shizuoka and Okinawa to launch the Fun from Home campaign on the official JNTO Facebook page. The videos are hosted on the JNTO’s Singapore page, but are in English and accessible from anywhere.
The first live-stream from the series was on Saturday October 24, with Shizuoka in the spotlight. The video features footage of the area's top spots, including a green tea plantation with stunning views of Mt Fuji.
The second stream went live on Sunday November 8 and featured the sunny islands of Okinawa plus a live folk song performance. The live-streams are scheduled once a month until March 2021, so you can look forward to plenty more virtual visits. For updates on future live-stream locations, keep an eye on JNTO’s official Facebook page.