6 online workshops to experience Japan from home

By Shelley Smith

In our current world of social distancing, activities aimed at keeping us home whilst still being able to have an enjoyable time, are becoming more and more in demand. Luckily for us, we live in the 21st century where technological innovations allow us to connect with anyone in the world! From the comfort of our own living room, we can learn, experience and accomplish a variety of fun activities and classes run by experts, artists, and educators of specific fields.

If you’ve been wanting to get more acquainted with traditional Japanese culture, this list is right for you. All of these workshops require no prior knowledge or experience and are all run in English. Some classes have a limited number of people who can join so book in early if you want the spot!

Here are half a dozen online workshops that will allow you to learn and experience more of Japan:

1. Virtual Sake Tour and Tasting


Sake Lovers Inc. is holding online tasting parties every Sunday with a variety of small craft sake breweries. This sake experience will include a brewery tour, storytelling of their history and passion for their craft, as well as detailed explanations about their sake and what kind of food it pairs well with. All you need to do to join is buy the brewery’s sake-tasting set online and sign up for the tour you want. They have detailed explanations of each brewery tour on their Facebook page

Cost: ¥5,000 per guest, plus shipping

Location: Online Zoom

Class Times: Sun. from 5 p.m. 

Duration: 60 minutes (approx) 

Class Size: 8-10 people (max)


  • Purchase the sake tasting set in advance
  • Prepare all your questions about sake and sake breweries in Japan

Book your spot directly on their website.

2. Green Tea Time

Arigato Japan wants to share the magic of green tea and its special place in Japanese culture. The green tea experience will include easy brewing techniques for a perfect cup of healthy tea as well as knowledge of why tea is so healthy, the different types of tea, green tea pairings, or the secret relationship between green tea and seaweed (nori).

Click here to read more.

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Is there an online tour of the rush-hour? If you really want want to experience Japan, then somehow you need to replicate the experience of being squeezed between dozens of sweating, sniffling salarymen in a confined space for 30 minutes!

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Tokyo-m wrote Today 10:25 am JST

Is there an online tour of the rush-hour?

There you go:

You're welcome. :D

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