Many people across the world are fascinated by Japan and have a great love for the Land of the Rising Sun, myself included. With air travel being so expensive at the moment and the global market still in recovery, it can be difficult for some people to spend the amount of time they want in Japan. If you aren’t lucky enough to be in Japan right now there are still ways that you can see what is going on in Japan, from the comfort of your own home! This can even be helpful if you are currently in Japan and want to check out how busy it is or what the weather is like in certain places. How can you do all this? Through webcams of course! Webcams allow for almost instantaneous streaming across the globe and in many different countries people have set up webcams so you can see what is going on where they live.
One of the most enthralling feeds coming out of Tokyo is a small camera situated in a sushi bar, Tatsuro Sushi. Tatsuro Sushi is a sushi bar in the Ota-ku area of Tokyo. The chef there has installed two cameras behind the bar in the kitchen! One of the cameras is a side angle so you can see a lot of the kitchen area including the work bench. There is also a second camera which points from above onto the shopping board so you can get a close-up view of the chef making the sushi! It may not sound that thrilling but it can be quite addictive watching the chef make sushi, gather ingredients and create beautiful sushi dishes. Tatsuro sushi also have a great online presence, they even do instructional videos on youtube of making sushi, so watching the webcam may help with your Japanese cooking.
Tatsuro Sushi Webcam
Even thought Mount Fuji sits in an area of natural beauty multiple webcams have been installed around the area so you can get a great view where ever you are. One website is specifically set up purely to see views of Mount Fuji. Fujigoko has 25 cameras around and even on Mount Fuji. Each camera refreshes to a new shot every 5 minute, so although it is not a live stream it is easier to view on slow internet or on mobile internet. You can view the mountain from Oshino Hakkai, Yamanaka-ko or even from the 5th station on Mount Fuji! This can be really helpful if you are currently in Japan to see whether you will get a clear view. It is also great to see Mount Fuji through the different seasons, from being capped in snow to appearing purple in the summer sun. If you check the feed and there is too much cloud cover you can click on the “Best” button and be taken to screen caps that go far back in time when others have thought the view is great.
The Senso-ji temple is an iconic and easily recognisable part of Tokyo, it is often featured in short clips to represent Japan itself and is the oldest temple in all of Tokyo. The area is a tourist hot spot, and it is easy to see why! With such a beautiful temple and shrine in the complex, and yards and yards of traditional stores this is a hub for those visiting Tokyo. There is a webcam installed with a view over the complex see even if you are not there you can witness the hustle and bustle of this popular temple. Even better, you can view the matsuri and other festivals at times of the year to see the cultural aspects of Senso-ji.
The road crossing outside of Shibuya station in Tokyo is called the busiest crossing in the world! There is also a webcam where you can watch the crossing from two different angles to see exactly how busy it is and feel part of this special place.
If you search you will find many, many more webcams from all over Japan, not from just very popular places such as Tokyo and Mount Fuji. Enjoying seeing things the way you would in Japan while being in your own home!