Visit Japan on your computer13 July, 2011 by Chad
On Monday, Google Japan unveiled the addition of their new Street View Special Collection for Japan. Most of the time, Google Maps only provides pictures taken by their camera car on main streets. This makes it difficult for people who need information about pedestrian areas such as most tourist attractions, which are the most trafficked areas. To counter this, Google Japan have sent their henchmen on foot to capture 108 different popular tourist attractions in full panoramic high resolution goodness.
With this update, Japan now leads the rest of the other countries with Street View Collections by a landslide margin. This project comes as the local Google company’s reaction to the Tohoku earthquake on March 11th. Google Japan hopes to be able to convey the beauty and appeal of Japan’s historic and cultural sites to encourage foreigners to continue visiting Japan.
Personally, I’m a supporter of Google’s technologies and have wrote a while ago about how you could use Google Maps as an effective tool for planning your own itinerary. This new update will definitely come in helpful for those who need to familiarize themselves with the individual locations.
Here’s a quick link to the Tokyo section of the updated Street View site. You can find the rest of the locations from there.Planning your holiday? We recommend visiting Agoda for a full list of hotels with early bird specials.
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