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Travel & Leisure

Osaka cafe blends real world and virtual tourism for hybrid experience

VR travel's future unclear as pandemic movement restrictions ease

The windows of the virtual anywhere cafe display a shifting array of scenery. (Image courtesy of G1)

TOKYO -- Virtual tourism, which got a boost during the pandemic when travel was curtailed around the world, is entering a new phase as real-world travel resumes.

Despite concerns in some quarters that virtual tourism's days are numbered once travelers are able to visit actual locations, some are pointing out its advantages.

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