As a travel blogger, you can guess that I love to see the world. Whether it’s traveling for relaxation, adventure, history, no matter the trip, I look forward to each and every one. I especially love being able to travel with my family. I think it’s so important to show kids the world. It really makes an impact on them and creates memories that last a lifetime.
Post sponsored by Tourism Japan.
While we have done some extensive traveling, there is one place we have yet to go: Japan. I’ve heard wonderful things and it’s on my list to get there as soon as we can.
That’s why I was so excited to see the below video from Tourism Japan. It’s a 360 degree video, which means you can click and drag around the video to turn the view point.
This video is incredible! It takes you up the Tokyo Skytree which is the tallest freestanding broadcasting tower in the world. Then it whisks you off to Tottori where you get to use the 360 degree video to explore Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple, you’ll feel like you are climbing up the slippery slopes alongside the other adventurers using chain supports to help you along.
Isn’t that amazing?
In the Tokyo Skytree portion of the video not only do you feel like you are on the elevator climbing to the top but once you get there you can look out the giant windows and turn the video all around to see everything the people that are there are seeing. It makes you feel like you are right there with them! The Tokyo Skytree is 634 meters tall and there are 2 observations decks where you can overlook the Kanto region. You also get a glimpse of the restaurant where you can dine in the sky.
I find the part of the video showing Tottori and the Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple to be both beautiful and breathtaking. Did you see the part where the people are walking casually on that walkway that had no railing, so sides, nothing! The climb up is incredible as well. You soon realize that the narrow roads and slippery hills make it more than a traditional hike. I was interested to learn that the rear temple, Nagiere Hall, is a designated National Treasure and that original this temple was used for Shugendo training and it’s also listed as the most dangerous National Treasure in Japan.
Both Tokyo and Tottori are on my list to visit one day. One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to go up to observation decks and look around at the destination from above. It gives you such an incredible perspective of where you are and it almost always takes your breath away to be so high off the ground and to see everything stretching out in in front of you. I also would love to visit the Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple as well. Thought I’m not much of a hiker, when I’m traveling I always make sure to go a bit outside my comfort zone because that always seems to be when you experience the most amazing adventures and create the most long lasting memories. The history of the temple is impressive and it looks like a beautiful place that is well worth the hike.
One day I’ll visit Japan but until then I’ll enjoy this 360 degree video and others. I love videos like this because they put you in the middle of it all and give you a chance to experience places you may never have an opportunity to otherwise. On top of that it’s the ultimate mingling of travel and technology, they make you feel like you are right there in the middle of it all and you can’t wait to pack your bags and go!