Japan

Standing But Not Operating: Abandoned Theme Parks

‘Standing but not operating’ (SBNO) is the term applied to amusement parks and amusement rides that have been abandoned by their owners but remain structurally intact. Not only are abandoned amusements favourites among urban the urban exploration crowd, SBNOs also make for great Google Sightseeing!

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Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change the landscape by reaching out with massive lava flows and connecting itself to the mainland. The lava also engulfed several…

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Thursday, 30th August 2012

Hot Tub Monkeys

It was only last week that Google announced their new “Trekker” Street View camera that would them to record images in places that were inaccessible even to the Street View Trike or the Street View Trolley – but only a…

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Friday, 15th June 2012

World’s Tallest Lighthouses

For centuries lighthouses have served as navigation aids, helping protect marine traffic from running aground on dangerous coastlines, rocks and reefs. As we’re ever-so-slightly fond of superlatives here at Google Sightseeing, we’ll take a tour of the tallest lighthouses around…

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Tuesday, 15th May 2012

Fuji Speedway

A monstrous racing circuit in the shadow of Mount Fuji, Fuji Speedway has played host to the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, Le Mans prototypes, Super GTs, and now the Street View car and trike team!

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Wednesday, 8th February 2012

Japan after the tsunami

On the 11th March 2011, 70 kilometres off the east coast of Tōhoku, the most powerful earthquake in the country’s history struck Japan, triggering a powerful tsunami that swept inland up to 10 km, swamping some areas with waves over…

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Wednesday, 14th December 2011
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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