Virtual reality tourism -- Aug 26
Nowadays, with the Covid-19 marching all over the world, a new type of tourism was developed, virtual reality tourism.

People can "travel" without any risk, and if they want to have fun, they can always visit online casinos and play without worrying about the pandemic. They don't even have to wear a mask or expose themselves to any danger.

The example of this kind of tourism is the Japanese businessman Katsuo Inue who chose Europe and specifically Italy for his summer vacation this year and enjoyed the luxury of the business class, the sightseen of Florence and Rome, all without ever leaving Tokyo. He and his wife trusted the entertainment company First Airlines, which is located in Tokyo, and they decided to take a virtual trip, according to Reuters.

First Airlines is one of the companies that took quickly the initiative to start virtual reality travel. The demand was rising every day because of the Japanese holidaymakers who were stranded in the country due to coronavirus restrictions. Even if it weren't for the measures, people don't feel as safe as they used to.

"I often travel abroad for business, but I have never been to Italy," Inoue told Reuters. "I was pretty impressed because I had a feeling I really saw things there." That is what makes Virtual Travel so unique. Without leaving your city, you have the feeling that you already did, and the companies do everything to enhance the experience.

Virtual travellers sit in the 'business class' in a prefabricated cabin of an aircraft where they are served food and drinks, while around them, there are flat screens with the impression that they are looking out of the plane window, gazing at the clouds. With this setup, even though they know that they actually don't go anywhere, they have the impression that they do. Then the crew hands them VR glasses, and the travellers can visit a lot of popular destinations like Paris, New York, Rome - and other Italian cities - and Hawaii.

Coronavirus has paralyzed travel from Japan. The country's largest airline, ANA Holdings, announced that the number of those flying to foreign destinations with its aircraft fell by 96% in June. Either people do not feel safe enough to travel either they can't travel, so the massive drop in sales affected the airlines in the whole world.

At First Airlines, where "passengers" watch the safety demonstration for the use of life-saving equipment and oxygen mask, bookings reach about 50% since the pandemic began, according to the company. The need for traveling and exploring goes way back to the roots of humanity and some people need this kind of experience. This is the reason why the demand rose these past months, and companies like First Airlines were smart enough to take advantage of it while a lot of businesses suffer from economic crisis due to the pandemic.

"We have some customers who regularly travel to Hawaii every year and can taste a part of it here," said Hiroaki Abel, president of the company. As time passes and technology improves, we will see more companies like First Airlines and more fabulous ideas to make the virtual journey experience greater.

News source:
Sep 18
Tourism businesses in Japan are starting to sell travel packages to and from Tokyo under the government's "Go To Travel" campaign to stimulate domestic tourism. (NHK)
Sep 18
Tokyo Disneyland's new area with attractions featuring characters and sets from 'Beauty and the Beast' will welcome the public starting Sept. 28, operator Oriental Land Co. said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Sep 18
Japan's government is easing entry restrictions for travelers from Singapore on Friday to allow short-term visits by businesspeople between the two countries. (NHK)
Sep 14
Scary fun preempted by scary reality of pandemic. (
Sep 14
Japan will resume short-term business travel with Singapore from Sept 18, marking the first time that Tokyo has decided to allow the entry of businesspeople without requiring a 14-day self-isolation period amid the coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday. (Japan Today)
Sep 12
An expert panel advising the Japanese government has yet to approve a plan to add Tokyo to the "Go To Travel" campaign from October. (NHK)
Sep 12
There is lots to see and experience in Europe and while it is great to have options it can also make it harder to pick and choose. (
Sep 08
All Nippon Airways Co. will resume flights from Japan to Hawaii in October after suspending its service to the popular U.S. destination about six months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, sources familiar with the plan said Monday. (Kyodo)
Sep 05
Disruption to train and flight services is expected in western Japan from Saturday due to the approach of powerful Typhoon Haishen. (NHK)
Sep 04
Universal Studios Japan will skip its annual horror-themed offerings this Halloween season to help alleviate crowding, instead creating a festive entertainment program for guests wanting a break from the new coronavirus. (Nikkei)
Sep 04
The central Japan city of Sanjo registered a temperature of 40.4 C on Thursday, a national record high for September, as a wide area along the Sea of Japan coast witnessed extraordinary heat. (Kyodo)
Sep 02
The famed golden pavilion at the Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto began Tuesday a three-month renovation of its shingled roof amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has drastically reduced the number of visitors. (Japan Times)
Sep 01
Starting Tuesday, Japan is set to lift its entry restrictions on foreign residents, allowing those who left before the strict coronavirus curbs were imposed to return, and those planning to leave temporarily to proceed without fear of being locked out. (Japan Times)
Aug 31
Japanese airline companies are working to reduce physical contact during check-in at airports to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (NHK)
Aug 29
Starting from September, Japan will loosen its widely criticized entry restrictions on travelers from abroad, allowing all its foreign residents with a legal residence status to travel freely and thus enabling those seeking re-entry to the country to return, government officials said Friday. (Japan Times)
Aug 27
Japan raised its travel advisory Wednesday for 13 countries mainly in Africa, warning against traveling to them amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kyodo)
Aug 26
Nowadays, with the Covid-19 marching all over the world, a new type of tourism was developed, virtual reality tourism. (
Aug 25
More than 2 million people have used Japan's travel subsidy campaign since it kicked off in July in a bid to revive a domestic tourism industry hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the nation's top government spokesperson said Monday. (Japan Times)
Aug 24
Typhoon Bavi (Igme) formed on August 19 from a low pressure system north-east of the Philippine archipelago. (Japan Times)
Aug 24
Japan and Laos have agreed to ease entry restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Long-term residents will be allowed to travel between the two countries as early as September. (NHK)