Planning to trek up Mount Fuji this summer? Or wishing that you were climbing up the 3,776-meter World Heritage site instead of in your office cubicle? Google has made sure you are well-prepared either way, as they sent the Street View team and Street View Trekker hardware to conquer the mountain and give us a great set of images with a 360 degree panorama view of Mount Fuji.
In a post on the Google Lat Long blog, they explained that because of Mount Fuji’s new status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, more climbers would be trekking up the dormant volcano. They wanted to help these people prepare for their trek and so they went up the most popular trail there, the Yoshida trail that lets people climb up the mountain, walk around the crater at the top and then zigzag their way down Mount Fuji. The 14,000 panos of images will give climbers an idea of what they will be up against as they walk up the loose ingenuous rocks and give those of us are stuck in our boring lives a virtual trek up the mountain and even get to enjoy the view from the top.
Earlier this year, the Google Street View team offered a virtual ground tour of one of the world’s creepiest places, Hashima Island, or “Battleship Island.” This was the same island that was used as the villain’s hideout in the James Bond movie Skyfall. They have also done this with other World Heritage sites in Japan like Himeji Castle, the old village at Shirakawa-go, the floating Itsukushima shrine, the pine forests of Yakushima, the subtropical Ogasawara Islands, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
[ via The Next Web ]
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