Their content is generally all high quality POV footage of places in Japan, often in cities. They attempt to recreate the atmosphere of actually being in these places, with long shots and atmospheric sound.
VIRTUAL JAPAN was created in January 2019. According to data from Social Blade, they had just over 1,000 subscribers in March 2020, and today they have 111k. Their most popular video, a nighttime walk around Tokyo’s red light district, was published last August and has already racked up 2.6m views.
Listening to the world
Someone who has been missing the feeling of exploration is software engineer John Ornelas. YouTube videos weren’t enough, so John decided to create Travel Remotely, which he published last month.
Travel Remotely is a web app that allows you to pick a city, a form of travel such as train or walking, and the time of day. It then pulls in a video matching your specifications. On top of that, you can set the volume of the street noise and listen to a local radio station.
That means in just a few seconds you could find yourself on the Moscow metro in the morning listening to Russian pop music, or wandering the streets of Bangkok at night as electro music plays.
The addition of the radio stations is a genius touch, and came as Radio Garden, a site that lets you listen to local radio stations from around the world, saw a massive jump in interest.