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Spend A Day Exploring Japan Without Leaving Your Living Room
Don’t let the current travel restrictions keep you from exploring different parts of the world. It may not provide the exact same experience as strolling through Japan’s vibrant streets, but a virtual tour is the best we can expect for now. Here are a few online resources to let you see inside some of Japan’s iconic attractions and experiences.
Take a Virtual Reality Tour
The Japan National Tourism Organization created a 360-degree virtual tour of the country including various iconic destinations such as Tokyo Tower, Kyoto’s Sagano Bamboo Forest, Nara Park, and the torii gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha. The film can be viewed through the YouTube app on your smartphone, or for a fully immersive experience, with VR goggles like Google Cardboard.
Hop Aboard A Virtual Rickshaw
Log on to Virtual Japan’s YouTube page for a series of virtual rickshaw rides, providing you 360-degree views of popular sites throughout Japan. From beach paradises to snowy mountain tops, you will get a glimpse of all this country has to offer. One episode takes you through the district of Asakusa, which is home to the stunning Senso-ji Shrine, an ancient Buddhist temple that was founded in the seventh century. During this tour, you can choose which direction to explore with the guidance of a tour guide. It’s almost like the real thing.
Virtually Visit Shinjuku Gyo-en National Garden
Shinjuku Gyo-en National Garden was built as an imperial garden, but became a national park after the war and has become a popular tourist attraction. Google 360 view allows you to stroll through the gardens during the cherry blossom season to explore the stunning landscape and colorful views.
Walk Inside A Limestone Cave
Explore the 450-meter-long limestone Makido Cave, one of three limestone caves located in Niimi, Okayama. With 360-degree or virtual reality views, you can experience the underground lakes and jagged stalactites illuminated under LED lights that change color depending on the season, allowing visitors to enjoy the varied expressions of the natural environment.
Explore Museums Via Google Arts And Culture
Google Arts and Culture partners with some of the most important museums and institutions in the world, allowing you to virtually explore exhibits. Each experience offers photos, annotations, and sometimes 360-degree views within museum galleries. Among the available museums, you’ll find with virtual exhibits are the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, and the Yamatane Museum of Art.