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Japanese hot spring resorts let you soak in their baths in VR

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard, including in Japan — ninety percent of ryokan inns in the famous Arima hot spring resort town have been closed since the prefecture of Hyogo went under a state of emergency this month, according to The Mainichi Shimbun. In response to the situation, a group of ryokan owners have started to upload VR footage of their hot-spring baths to YouTube to help bring the onsen experience to people self-isolating at home.

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