Is it your ultimate dream to have a space adventure at a very reasonable price? Well, if you don’t mind having that space exploration while on a bus, then the Star Fighter bus tours might just be the thing for you. While most bus tours give tourists the chance to sightsee other Japanese landmarks while moving from one destination to another, this one gives you an interactive space adventure while exploring Tokyo.
The buses already look cool from the outside with its futuristic-looking design and shining, silvery, shimmering paint job. But the more exciting stuff is reserved for the inside. Stepping inside will make you confused for a while if you’re still on a bus or already on an actual space ship. Normal windows have become “Hyper windows” or LED screens that show space environments once the bus starts moving. There are hatches on the floor and air locks on the walls as well. Each set has a joystick, which the passengers can use to navigate the menu displayed on the screens on the back of the seat in front.
As the tour starts, the passengers are briefed on their “mission” to search for a shining crystal body near the planet Cocoon. They are now part of a treasure hunting tour on a Star Fighter spaceship and would have to answer quizzes and join some video games to complete the adventure. Those who complete all the quizzes and games get to take home a prize after the actual tour, but even if they don’t win anything, the tourists say the experience itself is worth it. Star fighter tours start at 23 dollars for the Odaiba Free Plan (from Odaiba island to Shinjuku station), the Astronaut Training Simulation Experience for 75-80 dollars and includes a tour of the Tsukuba Space Center, and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Plan at 28 dollars, which also includes entrance to the said museum.
[ via The Nation ]