Due to travel bans and social distancing, the tourism industry has suffered a lot. In Japan, ninety perfect ryokan inns in the famous Arima hot spring resort town have been closed since the prefecture of Hyogo went under the state of emergency as reported by The Mainichi Shimbun.
To make the experience pleasant for reviews, a group of ryokan owners is uploading VR footage of their hot-spring baths to Youtube and they are bringing the onsen experience to people who are stuck in their houses.
Source: The Verge
“Japanʼs hot springs can help healing people in quarantine around the world, as well as increase the efficacy of the quarantine,” the group says in a press release. “This way, we may, even if only slightly, help reduce infections and suffering from the new coronavirus.” So far, the project includes videos from five ryokan including Arima Sansoh Goshobessho, Takayamasou Hanano, Taketoritei Maruyama, Tocen Goshoboh, and Motoyu Ryuusenkaku.
People are saying that the footage is high quality and the experience is oddly relaxing. The gesture has received appreciation from the Japanese citizens who are looking forward to more practices that can be observed at home in order to kill time during social dancing.