Pique the interest of your clients with virtual experiences being offered from Japan during the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. While travelers worldwide are self-isolating, the Japan National Tourism Organization is encouraging people to satisfy their wanderlust remotely with this experience.
Appropriately titled “Where Tradition Meets Future,” the movie transports visitors to locations and experiences including the sculptures of Naoshima, bamboo forests, Geisha performances, sumo wrestling and sushi making.
Animal lovers should check out the Nihondaira Zoo via live stream as well, where celebrity polar bears Rossy and Vanilla reside. In Hokkaido, the snow bunny paradise of Niseko Village has a live webcam, allowing people to experience the fresh powder-covered slopes from their couches. Currently, at Hyogo Park in Toyooka City, viewers can watch the white storks during hatching season, which lasts until April. Recently, two eggs hatched and viewers can watch as the chicks grow into fledglings. For more sights of Shizuoka Prefecture, Explore Shizuoka has created a virtual experience for anyone to explore the port town of Mochimune.
No “visit” to Japan would be complete without hanami, the ancient and widely celebrated tradition of admiring flower blossoms, which can be done remotely, too. There are a number of 360-degree virtual reality videos available, featuring the cherry blossoms in full bloom in locations such as Ueno Park in Tokyo, Miharu Falls in Fukushima which features a waterfall cherry tree, and Hirosaki Park featuring a full view of the castle as well.
Click here for the Japan National Tourism Organization.