2020 has so far been the year for technology to step up, with companies rushing to keep people entertained during lockdown with a variety of games, television and experience videos.

Although we have been cooped up at home over the last few months, the whole world has never been closer than now, with hundreds of locations uploading free video tours and experiences to the internet.

Amongst the videos are museum tours, VR nomikai sessions and onsen experiences. Whilst all the tours can provide a little bit of dreamlike entertainment, none are quite as adventurous as the new adventure park experience videos released by PANZA.

PANZA (Project Adventure Japan Co. Ltd) manages a range of adventure parks across Japan and has released a series of four experience videos to their official YouTube Channel and facility websites. Bringing energy to families across the nation, PANZA’s experience videos offer an exciting virtual “home adventure” to those who cannot go out.

The adventure parks managed by PANZA provide “learning from experience” opportunities by utilising adventure activities such as zip lines and abseiling challenges. Four out of forty of PANZA managed parks have so far taken part in creating VR experience videos, with the possibility of more parks joining in the near future.

The tour experience videos which can be currently viewed from home are:

PANZA Okinawa

In Japan only! A duo of 250-meter parallel zip lines strapped up across the sea, known as “MegaZIP” and the 13-meter bungee jump, “GoFALL”.

Location: Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture, Sheraton Okinawa Sun Marina Resort

PANZA Lake Miyazawa

Experience Japan’s largest aerial trampoline and play zone, “FUNMOCK”. A large outdoor play zone area, the FUNMOCK is made using traditional fishing net weaved netting.

Location: Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, Metza Village Moominvalley Park

PANZA Tenshiba Ena

Kansai’s largest adventure park, “Sorarun!” And Japan’s largest indoor climbing venue with more than 19 types of indoor climbing routes, “Noborun!”

Location: Osaka Prefecture Tennoji, Tenshiba

PANZA Gifu Seiryu Satoyama Park

The longest zip line in Chukyo, “MegaZIP” is a 333-meter parallel zip line. Also in the VR videos, the Chukyo region's largest high ropes adventure park; “Aerial”, which boasts a maximum height of 9 meters and more than 30 different challenges.

Location: Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture, Gifu Seiryu Satoyama Park

With the lifting of the state of Emergency last month, we may begin to see a number of venues across the country reopen, but whether it will be safe enough to visit is a separate issue altogether. For now, PANZA’s experience tour videos offer fun and exciting content which enables anyone, of any age the chance to experience an adventure.

By - Connie Sceaphierde.