One of the most popular times to travel to Japan is during the sakura season, when the nation’s innumerable cherry blossoms erupt in full pink bloom. With the season starting soon, we launched a new visual travel guide this week that uses our Street View technology to help English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese speaking travelers plan hanami flower viewing trips to popular destinations across Japan.
Check out the new Street View Guide to Japan
Working with the Japan Tourism Agency and Japan National Tourism Organization, we figured out the most popular tourist spots for foreign travelers and listed them on our guide.
This edition covers eight distinct areas — Ginza, Asakusa, Akihabara, Tsukji, Kamakura, Fuji spots, Kyoto, and Osaka — and for each, we recommend spots for sightseeing, eating, and, shopping. We are able to offer interiors panoramic views of many of the guide’s business locations, since many of the business owners participated in our Business Photos pilot program. In total, the guide offers 339 total locations, including 26 great cherry blossom viewing spots.
Visit the Toji Temple in Sakura Season
We encourage you to view the guide if you are traveling to Japan in the next few months or would like to virtually experience a few of Japan’s most beautiful sites. So grab some sake and some friends — it’s officially sakura season!
Posted by Kaori Negoro, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Google Japan