Japan’s 16 Most Mesmerising Destinations Introduced in New 360-degree Virtual Reality Video


“JAPAN – Where tradition meets the future” returns with new interactive contents to take viewers on a spellbinding virtual tour of Japan.

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has released a new 360-degree virtual reality (VR) video “[360-degree VR] JAPAN – Where tradition meets the future” (https://youtu.be/OR_Y7vj66PU) on 16 January 2018.

The video, visualising the essence of Japan and its culture, has been created as part of “JAPAN – Where tradition meets the future” (http://visitjapan-europe.jnto.go.jp/en/), a large-scale inbound tourism promotion by JNTO targeting 15 European countries, which started in 2016. Based on the concept of fusing “tradition,” “innovation,” and “nature” that coexist in Japan’s diverse culture, the 360-degree VR video takes viewers on a virtual tour of Japan.

As part of the promotion, JNTO will be running a prize competition on social media to win round-trip air tickets to Japan. In addition, an augmented reality (AR) digital signage display “Interactive Vision”, allowing passersby to virtually try on traditional Japanese costumes such as kabuki, maiko, and samurai, will be exhibited in five countries across Europe.

About “JAPAN – Where tradition meets the future”

JAPAN - Where tradition meets the future
“JAPAN – Where tradition meets the future” is a highly acclaimed large-scale inbound tourism promotion by JNTO which began in 2016. In line with its title, the promotion combines elements of “traditional culture” with “innovative technology” to create contents that appeal to people all around the world with the aim of increasing recognition and choice by travellers of Japan as a tourism destination.
The first video in the promotion gained over 13 million total views from all over the world. It won silver and bronze in the Digital Craft division of SPIKES ASIA 2017 and was also chosen as a finalist in three categories in ONE SHOW 2017. The 2018 promotion video also provides interactive contents that allow viewers to better understand Japan and its culture.

“[360-degree VR] JAPAN – Where tradition meets the future”

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This 360-degree VR video showcases Japan's mesmerising qualities condensed into an enthralling three minute video. It creates a simulated experience of visiting Japan, introducing 16 carefully selected tourist destinations. These include Tokyo Tower and Kyoto’s Sagano Bamboo Forest, both on Japan’s popular Golden Route, as well as other popular tourist destinations all over Japan. 
Passing through the torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, viewers will find themselves suddenly transported to the bustle of Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing, before the scene changes again and they witness the marvellous sight of a kabuki actor performing right in front of their eyes.
The video also incorporates several unusual points of view, giving viewers the chance to experience being at eye-level with a fluffy prize Pikachu from a game centre’s claw machine, sushi circling on a conveyor-belt, and a parfait (ice cream sundae) being served on a tray at KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/OR_Y7vj66PU

For more information about filming locations, visit: http://visitjapan-europe.jnto.go.jp/en/experience/vr/

Alongside the video release, JNTO will be running a prize competition “WIN A TRIP TO JAPAN!”. To enter, participants are asked to watch the promotional video “[360-degree VR] JAPAN - Where tradition meets the future” on JNTO’s official Facebook page and post at least one comment about their most memorable scene or scenes.* One winner from each of the five exhibition countries (see below) will win a pair of round-trip air tickets to Japan.
*Viewers from France can also participate by following the JNTO Paris official Twitter account and retweeting the “#visitjapan” tweet.

Schedule: Wednesday, 17 January 2018 2:00PM - Friday, 2 March 2018 2:00PM (Japan Time)
Exhibition countries: Spain, France, UK, Italy, Germany
Prize: Round-trip air ticket to Japan (one pair per country)

For more information, refer to the campaign website: http://visitjapan-europe.jnto.go.jp/en/campaign/

AR Digital Signage Display “Interactive Vision”

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Coinciding with the social media competition, “Interactive Vision”, an AR Digital Signage Display where passersby can virtually try on Japanese traditional costumes, will be exhibited on rotation in five countries across Europe from Thursday, 18 January 2018 – Wednesday, 28 February 2018.
The signage display will be on display at major stations, shopping malls, etc. for four or five days per country in Spain (Madrid), France (Paris), UK (London), Italy (Milan), and Germany (Munich, Frankfurt).
In the UK, the display will be available from Thursday, 01 February –  Sunday, 04 February 2018 at Victoria Station in London (address: Concourse Exhibition A Space Hudson’s Place, London SW1E 5ND). For more information, visit http://visitjapan-europe.jnto.go.jp/en/experience/vision/
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