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You Can Now Visit Japan Through Virtual Tours

Take in the sights of Kyoto and Osaka with All Star Osaka.
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With the pandemic situation being what it is, travel to Japan feels like a far-off dream. In the meantime, you can still simulate the experience of visiting the Land of the Rising Sun through All Star Osaka Walk's virtual tours.

The one-hour tour is conducted through Zoom and showcases the most famous spots, history, and cuisine of Osaka or Kyoto. The tour guides make the experience as interactive as possible by doing fun quizzes, using props, and asking attendees to chime in from time to time, so make sure you're presentable and ready to unmute yourself now and then.

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We tried out the Osaka tour, and we have to say the tour guides Akie and Minako did an impressive job of conveying the spirit of Osaka with their videos, slides, and cheerful, energetic demeanor. The tour was packed with trivia about the city's history and culture, conveyed through interview-like bits with Toyotomi Hideyoshi at Osaka Castle. 

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Seeing as Osaka is the culinary capital of Japan, no tour would be complete without discussing its cuisine. Akie and Minako shared their recommendations for dishes to try and restaurants to visit when travel to Japan is possible.

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We're not going to lie—the tour will leave you yearning to visit for real, and Akie and Minako share lots of tips for making the most out of your future trip. All in all, the tour was an enjoyable way to relax on a Saturday night and imagine we were actually in Japan. We're definitely looking forward to their Kobe tour, which is in the pipeline and will launch in the latter half of 2021.

If you'd like to celebrate a special occasion with a virtual trip, Akie and Minako are more than happy to accommodate requests for private tours. In fact, one Filipino couple recently celebrated their anniversary by booking an online tour of Kyoto. If you're planning a surprise Zoom party or birthday celebration, you can provide All Star Osaka Walk with photos and they'll make a special video for the tour, which they'll send you afterward. Just contact them via their website before you make your booking through Viator.

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Until travel restrictions are restricted, virtual tours are certainly the next best thing. And during these challenging times, All Star Osaka Walk's tours are a great way to forget all your worries and take in the beautiful sights of Japan.

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