From the the web’s largest collection of 360° interactive panoramas – 360Cities – there’s now a brand new way to see the sites of the world, and Japan, online. Forget Google’s Street View, these 360° panoramas have been created by some amazing photographers in Japan.

I don’t usually publish these types of blog posts (i.e. blogging about other people’s content) – but this is just too special to share…

Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto at night

I’ve blogged about my visit to this place, perhaps my favourite place in Kyoto (read Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine and the 10,000 Vermillion Gates), and I’ve always wanted to visit at night when the gate lined paths are lit up by lanterns. Well now I can experience it in 360°!

KYOTO Fushimi Inari Shrine in the Night 伏見稲荷.

Luxury dining at Kanga-An in Kyoto

Without drinks, a dinner here costs around $150! This luxury restaurant is inside a centuries-old temple. If only I had a few hundred dollars to spare…

閑臥庵 Kyoto Kanga-An.

Tokyo Skytree at Night

Opened in May 2012, Tokyo Skytree reaches some new heights for some impressive records: tallest structure in Japan; tallest tower in the world; second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa.

Tokyo SkyTree Night Scene.

Glico Man at Dotonbori Canal in Osaka

The center of activity in south Osaka is Nanba. Read about Osaka/Nanba and Dotonbori Nightlife.

The Glico Man.

Himeji Castle

This panorama of Himeji Castle must have been taken before 2010, when the 5 year construction started which saw it wrapped in a shroud.

The magnificent White Heron (Himeji Castle) – Unesco world herritage & Japan national tressure.

Kendo in Shimogamo Shrine

A great UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyoto, one of the few that’s free to enter and visit. It sits on the banks of the Kamo river which runs through Kyoto.

Playing Kendo in Shimogamo Shrine.

Cherry blossoms by night in Ueno park

This is called “ohanami” which means cherry blossom viewing. The lucky people of Japan enjoy outdoor festivities under the full flowering cherry blossom trees during spring every year.

Cherry blossoms by night in Ueno park.

Ana Manza Beach Okinawa

Okinawa offers a very different Japanese experience…

Ana Manza Beach.

Wedding at Korakuen Okayama

One of The Three Great Gardens of Japan, Korakuen is situated next to Okayama cast and has many special events throughout the year.

Korakuen Park in Okayama.

Sudo Valley near Mt Fuji

Japan is quite a mountainous country, so you don’t have to go far to experience some of its great wilderness.

Sudo valley.

Buckwheat fields and Mt Fuji

Photographers gather for some iconic shots of Japan’s most famous natural spectacle.

Buckwheat fields and Mt.fuji.

Inside the Great Buddha Hall in Nara

This hall in the Tōdai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) complex in Nara is a UNESCO World Heritage site, houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana and until 1998 was the world’s largest wooden building.

Daibutu-den(Great Buddha Hall)of Todai-ji Temple,Nara.

Akihabara in Tokyo

AKA: Akihabara Electric Town.

Space satellite strike the Radio-kaikan.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

At Kōtoku-in (a Buddhist temple in Kanagawa) is the great statue of the seated meditating Amida Buddha.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura in meditation.

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome

In Japanese it’s called the Genbaku Dōmu, located at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a very moving and emotional place to visit.

Hiroshima, A-Dome.

Japan is a wonderful, historical, beautiful place to visit. While these panoramas are amazing, they are no substitute for the real thing.

Find more of these panoramas at 360Cities Japan page.

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