Tokyo Metropolitan Government banks on tech to promote tourism in Tokyo and Tohoku
With an eye to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is promoting diverse tourism attractions in Japan by creating sightseeing routes linking Tokyo and other regions such as Tohoku, Chugoku and Shikoku.
TMG recently invited foreign media and travel bloggers to experience the promoted sightseeing routes. The reports are available on the official webpage, and in line with the website, a 360-degree VR movie is now ready to help travellers experience these recommended routes in an immersive way on YouTube or Youku.
In addition, to promote foreign tourists visiting Kumamoto and Oita prefectures as well as Tokyo, TMG has started to make efforts with both prefectures.
KOCHI x TOKYO: EAST AND WEST HISTORIES
After having seeing in great detail what life was like in a castle town during the Edo feudal period at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, go to Kochi, famous for its Yosakoi Festival. Visiting the famous Chikurin-ji Temple, built in the 8th century, will evoke images of the history of the Shikoku pilgrimage.
The 360-degree VR Channel on the other hand allows visitors to enjoy and experience with virtual reality technology the charms of Tokyo as a modern city and the beautiful scenery of the Tohoku region as well as its history living in nature.
The themes published this time are: Onsen (hot springs), fruit, autumn foliage, airborne imagery and the digest version for an autumn series; local foods, city illumination, winter ports, shopping and the digest version for a winter series.