Swish that camera around and take a virtual tour of famous sightseeing spots as if you were there, all in the comfort of your own home.

The European division of Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) brought us one of the most gorgeous tourism promotional videos ever, and boy did it not disappoint with its fast-paced yet smooth cinematography.

In the second installation of their popular video series, the organisation has teamed up with Enjin Tokyo Inc. once again to bring us yet another extraordinary perspective of Japan.

Viewers get to travel through the beautiful gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha, the magnificent Sagano Bamboo Forest Road and even end up in a wacky monster cafe in Harajuku. What’s more, viewers can pan the camera around to see everything around them!

▼ We recommend experiencing this cool virtual tour at 1440s quality or better.

360-degree video technology is by no means new, but it has not seen much usage in tourism videos, where it could arguably reap the most benefits.

▼ Without a doubt, this is one of the most exciting tourism videos of Japan to date.

One notable segment of the video puts viewers in the seat of a rickshaw and lets them look around just as they would in real life.

▼ It also gives us less reason to pay money for the rides.

▼ It’s strangely exhilarating to be picked up like a plush toy in a crane game.

▼ Ride the sushi conveyor belt like you mean it.

Japan’s blend of traditional and modern cultures makes it one of the most unique travel destinations in the world, and it’s thanks to JNTO that we get to witness this wonderful fusion of new and old in the comfort of our homes.

The individual prefectures in Japan also spare no effort in making their own promotional videos, some of which can get really impressive with towering monsters.

Source: VisitJapan via Japaaaan
Top image: YouTube/visitjapan