Time In Tokyo: Experience Japan from your home

Bringing you the best of Tokyo and Japan, wherever you are in the world, so you can still experience a bit of Japanese culture at home

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Covid-19 coronavirus has changed the world in ways we couldn't have imagined. Major cities around the world are in official lockdown and even more are in self-isolation mode. In Tokyo, the pandemic has closed attractions, cancelled events and even postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On April 16, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a nationwide state of emergency. 

To contain the virus, people worldwide are advised to stay at home and avoid going out for non-essential reasons. If your trip to Tokyo/Japan fell through because of the pandemic, or if you're simply self-quarantining at home, let us bring Tokyo to you. We have curated this growing list of our best content and favourite live-stream events for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home – so you can still experience a bit of Tokyo and Japan wherever you are in the world.

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Virtually travel to Japan and the world

Explore Tokyo's teamLab Borderless digital art museum with these videos
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Explore Tokyo's teamLab Borderless digital art museum with these videos

These spectacular videos of Tokyo's most Instagram-worthy museum will make you want to visit in the near future

This town in Japan has more scarecrows than people
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This town in Japan has more scarecrows than people

You can now tour the eerie Nagoro Scarecrow Village, filled with more than 350 unique scarecrows, using Google Maps

Get a sneak peek into Ghibli Museum with these videos
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Get a sneak peek into Ghibli Museum with these videos

Enter the world of Totoro, Ponyo and Hayao Miyazaki at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo – no ticket required

How to bring the Japanese onsen experience to your bath at home
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How to bring the Japanese onsen experience to your bath at home

With these onsen tips and tricks, you too can be calm like these bathing capybaras in Tochigi

Visit the top museums in Tokyo and across Japan with these virtual tours
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Visit the top museums in Tokyo and across Japan with these virtual tours

See sand sculptures, Japanese art and more museum exhibitions from your home for free

Live-stream these Tokyo landmarks now
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Live-stream these Tokyo landmarks now

See the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Skytree and more in real time from wherever you are

You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online
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You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online

Tokyo Dome, Yomiuriland and other Japanese theme parks are sharing their wildest roller coasters online – so you can take a virtual ride at home

Best virtual tours: how to travel the world from home
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Best virtual tours: how to travel the world from home

Hike the Great Wall of China, marvel at the Sistine Chapel and even trek to Mars – all from the comfort of your own home

The best places to visit in 2020
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The best places to visit in 2020

Pack your consoles – there are still places safe to 'travel' to, from the Galar region to Niwen and Hyrule

Take a virtual tour of Hitachi Seaside Park's most spectacular spring flowers
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Take a virtual tour of Hitachi Seaside Park's most spectacular spring flowers

There are countless flowers blooming in parks and fields across the country and one of the most popular places to catch seasonal blooms is Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki

Japanese art and culture

This Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto is teaching Zazen meditation online
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This Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto is teaching Zazen meditation online

Feeling stressed or anxious? Calm your mind with this introduction to Zazen meditation

Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara turn their art into free colouring pages
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Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara turn their art into free colouring pages

These world-renowned Japanese artists have released their iconic creations as free colouring pages

Hanshin Railways offers Osaka and Kobe colouring pages and art tutorials
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Hanshin Railways offers Osaka and Kobe colouring pages and art tutorials

Learn how to colour trains and landmarks in Osaka and Kobe with these tutorials from Hanshin Railways

This Studio Ghibli co-founder is showing us how to draw Totoro
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This Studio Ghibli co-founder is showing us how to draw Totoro

Get an anime art lesson from Studio Ghibli producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki

Doraemon offers free online games and manga to encourage fans to stay home
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Doraemon offers free online games and manga to encourage fans to stay home

The new Stay Home Project by Doraemon features free online games, wallpapers, manga and colouring pages

Download these free craft and colouring pages featuring the Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots
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Download these free craft and colouring pages featuring the Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots

Make your own versions of the Tokyo 2020 mascots – Miraitowa and Someity

The poop museum in Tokyo is going online
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The poop museum in Tokyo is going online

The poop museum, which found a permanent home in Odaiba last year, is moving its crap-tastic artworks and fun-filled activities online from May 1

See over 60 art exhibitions with Galerie Perrotin's virtual gallery visits
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See over 60 art exhibitions with Galerie Perrotin's virtual gallery visits

Galerie Perrotin has turned its website into a treasure trove for art lovers

You can now download these traditional Japanese wave drawings for free
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You can now download these traditional Japanese wave drawings for free

Get some creative inspiration from Nihonga artist Mori Yuzan, who was unknown during his lifetime but has since received well-deserved recognition thanks to his impeccable wave designs 

Where's my toilet paper? Japanese artist Zombie-Chang's new song wants us to 'Please Stay Home'
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Where's my toilet paper? Japanese artist Zombie-Chang's new song wants us to 'Please Stay Home'

Zombie-Chang, a solo project by singer-songwriter Meirin, has released a new song to call attention to the state of emergency especially amongst younger people. 

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Have a movie night in

The best documentaries about Japanese food
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The best documentaries about Japanese food

Learn about the history, flavours and techniques of Japanese cooking with Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Niki Nakayama, Jiro Ono and more

Sailor Moon anime from the '90s now available for free on YouTube
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Sailor Moon anime from the '90s now available for free on YouTube

The first three seasons of the hit anime 'Sailor Moon' are now available to watch for free on the official YouTube channel

Discover Japan with this cycling-tour travel documentary from NHK
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Discover Japan with this cycling-tour travel documentary from NHK

The 'Cycle Around Japan' series from Japanese national broadcaster NHK is narrated in English and hosted by foreign cyclists. 

Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix – updated
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Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix – updated

Locally produced, binge-worthy titles to add to your watch list

10 best Studio Ghibli films
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10 best Studio Ghibli films

So whether you’re just starting your Ghibli journey or coming back for more, these are – in no particular order – our top ten favourite Studio Ghibli films.

Best anime for beginners
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Best anime for beginners

If you're looking to get into anime, these films and TV series make for a good introduction to the genre

Best anime to watch on Netflix right now
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Best anime to watch on Netflix right now

Want to explore the amazing world of Japanese anime? Put these Netflix shows on your binge-watch list now

Films to get you in the mood for Japanese food
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Films to get you in the mood for Japanese food

These delicious films allow you to visually feast on the joys of Japan’s food culture

See Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki at work in this intimate NHK documentary
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See Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki at work in this intimate NHK documentary

NHK World brings us the four-part documentary ‘10 years with Hayao Miyazaki’, focusing on the famous film director and co-founder of legendary animation house Studio Ghibli

Best anime of the Heisei era
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Best anime of the Heisei era

The Heisei era saw big developments in animation, evolving from hand-drawn works to cutting-edge computer graphics. Here are the top ten anime of the past 30 years

Food and drink

Popular Japanese snacks that you can now buy online
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Popular Japanese snacks that you can now buy online

In Japan, Tokyo Banana, Kit Kat, Royce chocolate and more can now be delivered to your door

These Japanese breweries and bars are now delivering craft beer
Bars and pubs

These Japanese breweries and bars are now delivering craft beer

Get quality beer delivered to your doorstep from these breweries, taprooms and bars in Tokyo and across Japan

Get a beer to go from these Tokyo bars
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Get a beer to go from these Tokyo bars

Get an ice cold beer or sake to go. Better yet, bring along your own reusable tumbler for a boozy top up

Iconic Tokyo dishes that are available for takeaway
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Iconic Tokyo dishes that are available for takeaway

Some of the best and most popular things to eat in Tokyo are now available for takeout: wagyu sandwiches, takoyaki, sliders and more

Best coffee delivery in Tokyo
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Best coffee delivery in Tokyo

Stock up on coffee beans from these local cafés and roasters, and get your caffeine fix without leaving home

These Tokyo restaurants are now offering takeout
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These Tokyo restaurants are now offering takeout

Skip cooking and support your local venues with a takeaway meal

These restaurants in Tokyo are now doing home delivery
Restaurants

These restaurants in Tokyo are now doing home delivery

Enjoy your favourite restaurant meal from the comfort of your home – eating in has never tasted so good

The konbini connoisseur’s guide to instant ramen
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The konbini connoisseur’s guide to instant ramen

Noodles in an instant – from some of Tokyo’s top ramen restaurants, no less

The best ways to get your groceries delivered in Tokyo
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The best ways to get your groceries delivered in Tokyo

Looking for grocery delivery? Stay home and let the supermarket come to you

Best food and drink delivery services in Tokyo - English-language options included
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Best food and drink delivery services in Tokyo - English-language options included

Order online and these delivery services will bring food to your door, from sushi and soba to burgers and vegetarian meals

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Chill out indoors

No Nintendo Switch? Here’s how to play Animal Crossing on your phone for free
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No Nintendo Switch? Here’s how to play Animal Crossing on your phone for free

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is the free mobile game app to get your Tom Nook fix

How to make a DIY no-sew face mask from t-shirts, socks and paper towels
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How to make a DIY no-sew face mask from t-shirts, socks and paper towels

Follow these videos to make a simple non-medical face mask – no sewing required

How to hang out with your friends online for free
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How to hang out with your friends online for free

Self-isolating and in quarantine? Play games, watch movies together, sing karaoke and admire cherry blossoms with your pals online

How to grow a herb and vegetable garden from your kitchen scraps
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How to grow a herb and vegetable garden from your kitchen scraps

If you've ever wanted to try gardening, but weren't sure where to begin, look no further than your own kitchen scraps

How the world is coping with the quarantine life – in memes
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How the world is coping with the quarantine life – in memes

Millions of people in lockdown and quarantine around the world are dealing with the same feelings of isolation, frustration and, let's be honest, boredom while cooped up indoors

Free Pixar, manga and emoji backgrounds for your video calls and meetings
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Free Pixar, manga and emoji backgrounds for your video calls and meetings

As we are urged to temporarily work from home due to the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus situation, video meetings via Zoom and Skype have become the new normal, replacing the usual face-to-face meetings. 

Work out to these fun fitness videos at home – no equipment needed
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Work out to these fun fitness videos at home – no equipment needed

Trust us, you don't want to skip leg day while you work through your stockpile of cup noodles and crisps

Treat yourself

Popular Japanese snacks that you can now buy online
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Popular Japanese snacks that you can now buy online

In Japan, Tokyo Banana, Kit Kat, Royce chocolate and more can now be delivered to your door

These face masks are made from vintage kimono – and they ship overseas
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These face masks are made from vintage kimono – and they ship overseas

Staying safe doesn’t have to cramp your style, though, as you can now show off some vintage Japanese designs with these face masks upcycled from former kimono

Get flowers delivered to your home from Shibuya florist Cochon
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Get flowers delivered to your home from Shibuya florist Cochon

The beautiful flowers will be dropped off at your front door to avoid any face-to-face interaction

Drink indoors with these #stayhome square sake cups
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Drink indoors with these #stayhome square sake cups

Ohashi Ryoki, a speciality masu retailer, is releasing a new wooden square sake cup emblazoned with the phrase #stayhome as a gentle reminder to us all to stay indoors. 

Best Japanese products you need in your life
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Best Japanese products you need in your life

These cool Japanese inventions will make your life better – from erasable pens to bento box rice cookers

Best online stores to buy things from Tokyo and Japan
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Best online stores to buy things from Tokyo and Japan

Enjoy a bit of retail therapy from home with these online Japanese stores for fashion, skincare and cosmetics, souvenirs, food and more

Pamper yourself at home with these Japanese drugstore products
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Pamper yourself at home with these Japanese drugstore products

Sheet masks, foot spa and other self-care and beauty essentials for a relaxing spa day at home

These are the cutest and weirdest Japanese pet products
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These are the cutest and weirdest Japanese pet products

Funny and bizarre Japanese pet products you never knew your pet needed, including toys, clothes and snacks

Online and live streaming events

Free things to do at home this weekend
Things to do

Free things to do at home this weekend

Get in on the best free virtual events and live-stream shows from across the world

From Tales to Paws: Online Reading Program
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From Tales to Paws: Online Reading Program

Keep your child’s reading skills sharp with the Shine On! Kids free online reading program From Tales to Paws

Shine On! Kids Virtual Bingo
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Shine On! Kids Virtual Bingo

Shine On! Kids is hosting free online events for children and their families to have fun and bond

Important resources

How to get help in Tokyo during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic
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How to get help in Tokyo during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

If you need someone to talk to, there are several English-friendly counselling options available online for free, as well as a multilingual coronavirus hotline if you have any questions about the virus

Tokyo Governor releases weekly English video updates on Covid-19 coronavirus
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Tokyo Governor releases weekly English video updates on Covid-19 coronavirus

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike knows our concerns and is releasing weekly updates at 7.15pm on Fridays in English on Tokyo Douga – the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s video channel – and YouTube

New Japanese domestic abuse hotline opens, multilingual access to start May 1
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New Japanese domestic abuse hotline opens, multilingual access to start May 1

The only way for citizens to combat the Covid-19 coronavirus is to stay home, but for some people, that means being forced to spend more time with abusive family members or partners 

Foreign residents can get the Japanese government's ¥100,000 coronavirus stimulus – here's how
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Foreign residents can get the Japanese government's ¥100,000 coronavirus stimulus – here's how

Following Shinzo Abe’s declaration of a nationwide state of emergency on April 16, the government confirmed it will be handing out a coronavirus stimulus of ¥100,000 per individual

Five ways Tokyo will be affected while under a state of emergency
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Five ways Tokyo will be affected while under a state of emergency

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures on April 7. 

Live updates: the Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Tokyo and Japan right now
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Live updates: the Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Tokyo and Japan right now

Keep calm and read this: the latest news and updates on the Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Tokyo and Japan

How to protect yourself from Covid-19 coronavirus while in Tokyo and Japan
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How to protect yourself from Covid-19 coronavirus while in Tokyo and Japan

Don't panic – here's what you need to know about the global outbreak if you're in Tokyo

Attractions in Tokyo and Japan that are closed due to coronavirus
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Attractions in Tokyo and Japan that are closed due to coronavirus

Take note of these temporary closures: museums, art galleries, theme parks and tourist attractions