Google on Thursday added 3D imagery to Maps for the greater Tokyo area in Japan, bringing one of the biggest metropolises on earth to the Internet. Despite being one of the most popular destinations in the world, mapping services don’t typically offer 3D imagery for Tokyo, likely due to its immense size and densely populated areas. But Google is no ordinary company, and Maps has certainly never been an ordinary service.
There’s nothing new in particular about being able to view Tokyo in 3D—you’ll also be able to see Chiba, Kanagawa and Sendai—but it gives outsiders a nice glimpse of what life is like one of the world’s largest cities. Previously, Maps allowed users to view Tokyo through satellite and aerial photos, and even Street View, but the 3D imagery gives a more comprehensive lay of the land. Major landmarks are included in the update, including the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree.
I’ve never visited Japan in my adult life (I was there as a kid), so it’s nice to be able to very quickly visit without having to jump on a plane. Of course, virtually visiting a place isn’t the same as actually being there, but it’s still cool nonetheless. Feel like exploring the greater Tokyo area? Just jump into Google Maps, Google Earth or Google Earth for mobile.