While travel is still restricted all over the world, there are still many ways you can fulfill your wanderlust even inside the confines of your home. Japan Rail Pass (JRPass) has come up with a selection of Japan’s best virtual tours for you to enjoy from your couch. And more than that, they’re also giving you a chance to get paid while enjoying these tourist attractions through a contest!
What can you virtually tour?
There are 20 virtual tours available. You can ‘experience’ the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms, or instantly transport yourself to the peak of Mount Fuji and see the sunrise from 3,776 meters above ground. Or if you’re not a fan of heights, you can just enjoy the view of Fuji from Chureito Pagoda. You can ‘walk’ through the infamous Shibuya Crossing, often busy with about 2,500 people crossing at once, or kick back and relax on the luxurious Shinkansen, one of the fastest, if not the most, trains in the world.
You can learn more about Japanese culture and history when you explore the beautiful Himeji Castle and the famous Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), then take a relaxing stroll through the blooming gardens of Hitachi Seaside Park or appreciate the wisterias in full bloom at Kawachi Wisteria Garden. If you’re not into blooms, you can head into the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and feel the magic as you go through the forest.
Other attractions you can visit include Tokyo Station, Huis ten Bosc, Adachi Museum of Art, Hashima Island, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Shiroyama Park, the rocks of Sakurai Itoshima and the Kyushu coastline view, and the most eastern point of Japan at Cape Nosappu.
How can you enter the contest?
To apply as a virtual travel tester, you just need to post a throwback photo of you on holiday in another country — of course, it would be better if it’s Japan — and in your caption, talk about one of the twenty virtual travel locations aforementioned and what you think about it.
You can submit your entry until July 20, 2020. Any submissions after that will not be counted.
If you get chosen as winner via random lottery, you can receive a payment of £200 and the title of world’s first virtual travel tester. So what are you waiting for? You should go write now!
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