In preparation for the return of international visitors, the Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau (YCVB) has launched an interactive website to re-introduce the city’s touristic and MICE offerings.
The interactive website, named Virtual Yokohama, features 360˚ images and videos. Online users can navigate around the virtual map, illustrated by Satoshi Hashimoto, a Yokohama-born illustrator, to take in the local scenery, landmarks, hotels, convention facilities, and attractions.
“Virtual Yokohama was created to ensure Yokohama continues to be the city of choice for people in the tourism and MICE industries, by making it easy for them to experience the advantages of Yokohama in an online format,” said Akiko Hosono, manager of the business events team of YCVB.
The purpose of the website is to showcase Yokohama as an ideal destination for both leisure and business travellers, considering that the compact city houses many major tourism attractions located within walking distance of its commercial hub.
Through this interactive map, travellers can discover everything from classic tourist spots to off-the-beaten-track gems familiar only to local people, and half-day sightseeing tours, including those that trace the history of Yokohama’s port or showcase its panoramic views.
There are also videos introducing eight unique venues where parties, seminars, and other business events can be held.