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Take a Virtual Tour of Tokyo in Only Four Minutes

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Want to go to Tokyo, but can’t afford to purchase a plane ticket? By watching the video below, shot by English filmmaker Christoph Gelep, you can virtually explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods without leaving your living room.

Called “Hello Tokyo,” the four-minute timelapse video features footage from a five-day trip Gelep took to Tokyo in January 2016. He visited sites both old and new, including the bustling, neon-lit Shinjuku District, Sensoji Temple (Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple), and the Tokyo Metro.

“I knew I wanted to capture a balance of the fast-paced city life as well as some of the old traditional elements,” Gelep told Lonely Planet Travel News.

Gelep is already planning a follow-up project: According to Lonely Planet, he's been hired by a Japanese company to make a video featuring Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost and third-largest main island. In the meantime, you can view more short films of the filmmaker’s travels on Vimeo.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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