Japan has long been one of the ‘must see’ countries for those looking to explore the world, however, as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, more and more tourist destinations were forced to close their doors.
In response to the sudden lack of tourists, a group of ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) owners have turned to VR technology to populate their inns, and more specifically their hot springs, once more.
According to the group of ryokan owners: “Japanʼs hot springs can help healing people in quarantine around the world, as well as increase the efficacy of the quarantine. This way, we may, even if only slightly, help reduce infections and suffering from the new coronavirus.”
The ryokan owners have uploaded a number of videos to Youtube, meaning they’re easily accessible to everyone with an internet connection. The best way to experience these videos would be to wear your own VR headset to fully immerse yourself in the experience. You can still enjoy the experience without a dedicated headset though. Simply use the arrow located in the top left part of the video to look around.
While this experience can in no way be compared to actually travelling to Japan and enjoying the hot springs in real life, visiting them virtually is quite relaxing too!
Click here to view more virtual hot springs.