While forced to cancel its popular in-house tours, the headquarters office of the Bank of Japan now offers a virtual tour.
It aims to reach out to its prospect visitors who are stuck at home. They can have a peek inside the 120-year-old neo-Baroque structure.
Visitors may visit one of Tokyo’s most popular attractions during the COVID-19 pandemic by just going to the BOJ site. In just a click of the mouse, you may enter through the central bank’s massive courtyard.
You can also inside the classical western-style building with a 360-degree panoramic view of its interiors.
According to Japan Times, the online visitor cans browse a three-dimensional, virtual reality video of the building hunting for hidden “treasures” including the world’s first automatic bill inspection machine.
BOJ created the virtual guide after it closed the building from the public since the World Health Organization declaration of a pandemic in early March.
In 2019, BOJ had 19,000 visitors, wherein 10% of them are overseas travelers.
In an interview, BOJ Director Noriaki Kawamura encourages people from all over the world to continue visiting the site online.
They can also have the privilege of roaming around the building without having to contact other people.
The BOJ Building also houses the Currency Museum. Visitors can see the coins and banknotes from Japan’s past and other curious currencies from around the world.