Yakushima pics to hit Google Street View

Kyodo

Panoramic shots taken from mountain trails on Yakushima Island, a World Natural Heritage site, will be available online via Google Inc.’s Street View service, possibly this summer, according to the Japanese unit of the U.S. Internet giant.

Google staff spent an arduous two days in February trekking an 11-km route between the Arakawa trailhead and an observatory for the world-famous Jomon cedar tree, carrying equipment capable of capturing 360-degree views, it said.

Google Japan said it hopes to offer people around the world the chance to view Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture and that this will help generate interest in the site.

The company is planning to photograph 3,776-meter Mount Fuji, which the government is hoping to have registered as a World Heritage site