With the world on lockdown and travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, many of us are grounded at home for the foreseeable future. We can still explore virtually though, and can now enjoy a collection of virtual tours of 20 of Japan's top attractions created using Google Maps and Street View.
Curated by JRPass, the collection of tours will see viewers viewing the sakura, Japan's iconic cherry blossoms, and marvelling at the sunrise from the top of Mt Fuji. As an added bonus, one person will receive a cash reward if their review of one of the virtual tours is chosen as part of a social media competition.
Visitors can check out the recently renovated Himeji Castle, which is considered to be one of Japan's most beautiful castles, take a luxurious train ride, and attend the Saga Balloon Festival. Other experiences include taking a visit to a beautiful zen garden at the Adachi Museum of Art, and virtually walking through Tokyo's iconic Shibuya Crossing, where 2500 people usually cross at once. Happily this time they won't have to worry about social distancing.
Candidates interested in being chosen to be that the company is calling its "virtual travel tester" should post a throwback photo of themselves on holiday on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #JapanVirtualTravel. They should share their review of at least one of the virtual travel locations from JRPass, and follow and tag @JRPass in the post. The successful applicant will be selected based on their review at the end of the application period, and will receive £200 (€223).
For the full virtual travel experience, see the JRPass blog post on the locations here.
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