FourFourSeconds ago, we reported that a new ‘mixed reality’ tour of Japan was being developed.
With all eyes on this exciting development, we wondered if the world was going to get a tour of the country in the future.
The answer is: It’s definitely happening.
This ‘meltdown tour’ is being developed by the Japanese tourism ministry, and will take place in 2017.
It’s due to begin in Japan’s most popular destination, Tokyo, and is being described as a “mixed-reality tour” for tourists, as opposed to an immersive experience like the ones that have taken place in previous years.
Visitors will be able to experience an interactive version of the famous ‘movies’ of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland Park, and it will be the first time Japan has seen such an immersive virtual reality experience.
It will also be the last virtual reality tour in Japan, with a full-scale VR tour being due to be introduced in 2018.
As such, Japan has been trying to find a way to keep the virtual reality tourism industry alive in the country.
We’ve heard rumours of a potential virtual reality park in the US, but it’s currently not on the radar.
And with a number of companies currently working on virtual reality tours, including Google, VRFocus, and HTC, it’s hard to imagine that a virtual reality version of Japan will not be a major feature of the next year or so.
This will all be a part of the ‘Olympic’ series of tours, which will take tourists around the world for the first half of 2020.
There are some very exciting things happening in the world of VR, and a whole host of exciting new developments in the coming years.
What do you think?
Is this the beginning of a new era of virtual reality travel in Japan?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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