Japan

This Earth Day, Spare a Tree

It’s Earth Day today, an event designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. To celebrate, we’re looking at the unlikely survival of a very tiny piece of nature in the heart of one of the world’s largest…

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Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

Street View Car Runs Over a Deer

Last week Google removed some street view photos from upstate New York as they showed the camera car hitting a wild deer as it crossed the road. The Google Sightseeing team was unfortunately on holiday when the news broke1, but…

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Monday, 2nd February 2009

Plane Wash

Have you ever wondered how they get planes clean? Well at Heathrow we can see the plane cleaning crews hard at work, but for some reason it’s the wet outlines of absent planes that are the most interesting. Anyone who…

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Tuesday, 13th January 2009

Daisen-Kofun

Nestled in the bustling city of Osaka lie many kofun – keyhole shaped and mounded tombs or tumuli – the largest of which is Daisen-Kofun. Daisen-Kofun is the resting place of Emperor Nintoku who ruled Japan in the early 5th…

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Tuesday, 16th December 2008

Giant Spiders

Caution arachnophobes, many parts of the world appear to be home to giant spiders, thankfully all in the name of art. First up, a giant bug on top of a building in Reno, Nevada. This spider sculpture was created by…

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Tuesday, 2nd December 2008

Public Toilets in Japan

Wow, here in the north-west sprawl of Tokyo, when they say public toilet, they really mean it! A glance up at a nearby sign reveals that this is actually a shop window display for a shop selling toilets made by…

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Friday, 14th November 2008
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Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Le Circuit de Reims-Gueux

First used in 1926, le Circuit de Reims-Gueux was a French Formula One and sports car racing circuit built on the public roads between the villages of Gueux and Thillois. The circuit hosted its first French Grand Prix in 1932 and continued to hold the event until 1966. The track closed for good in 1972, but the roads are still in place, and many traces of the old circuit can still be found, including the pit stalls, paddock, and spectator bleachers.

Lærdalstunnelen, The World’s Longest Road Tunnel

Faced with the challenge of building a year-round road to connect Norway’s two largest cities (Bergen and Oslo), through a…

Airship Hangars Around The World

From the late 19th century to the period between the World Wars, hundreds of airship hangars were built in Western…

Hurtigruten (The Express Route)

Here at Google Sightseeing we love a chance to create a post about the scenic wonders of Norway1. Today we…

Floating Bridges

Floating bridges, while often temporary structures used in times of war or disaster, can also be used long-term in locations…

Recent Comments

  1. D. King: Apparently I was close, but still a bit off the mark. There IS a base on Lake Constance (Bodensee), but it...
  2. Bob: There is a Marine Corps air station with two dirigible hangars in Tustin, CA. https://maps.google.com/map...
  3. Ian: Thanks Tammo – I was aware of it but didn’t include it because it’s not visible.
  4. Ian: Excellent, thanks for all the links everyone!
  5. Tammo: Best Streetview of the one in Sicily is probably from across the water: https://www.google.com/maps...

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