Tokyo gets a new VR getaway

The residents of Tokyo now have another way to escape their mundane day-to-day lives with the opening of an indoor amusement park featuring virtual reality technology in the city’s Shibuya district. Located in the Shibuya Modi shopping complex, Shibuya VR Land officially opened its doors to the public on 24th June 2017. For an admissions fee of ¥2,200 (US$20), guests can spend a thrilling hour away from reality in five virtual worlds.

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Theme park firm Huis Ten Bosch Co. created the facility in the hope of drawing visitors to its Dutch-inspired park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, which also offers VR attractions. “We see it as a way to boost name recognition across Japan and globally,” a public relations official said. As previously mentioned, the VR Land offers five different sets of entertainment content. For instance, Ultra Reverse Bungee creates the experience of being catapulted into space. They do a pretty convincing job of recreating the altitude and the terrible stomach drop. It all still feels like it could be a standard ride until your eyes are showing you that you’ve been catapulted into space and are now plunging back to earth like a comet on fire. Just know that they take you a long way while keeping you strapped in a humble theater style seat.

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AIRTONE is a rhythm game, not unlike DDR or the drumming game Taiko no Tatsujin, except that AIRTONE is an all-out surround-sound psychedelic party, where you can jam out without feeling self-conscious at all; while the Impending Whisper of Love puts you on the receiving end of a declaration of love from one of three handsome young men or a young woman. Other experiences include a doomed tour through a haunted hospital and one of the most satisfying shooting game. 

Huis Ten Bosch, the company that created Shibuya VR Land, also has a theme park featuring VR attractions in Sasebo, Nagasaki. This VR Land is the true medium of escape as you just don’t know where your goggles and earphones will transport you to.

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