Panoramic Views of Chubu Int'l with Google Maps in First-Ever Indoor Airport Images from Street View

Panoramic Views of Chubu Int'l with Google Maps in First-Ever Indoor Airport Images from Street View

Inside pof Chubu International Airport Terminal is now viewable with Google Map7s Street View.

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This month, Google Maps' Street View feature began offering real images from inside Chubu International Airport (also known as "Centrair") in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, outside the city of Nagoya.

As part of Google's efforts to expand the content of its maps service, the company now lets users check out 360-degree panoramic views of the departures lobbies, check-in counters and other locations within the airport terminal. Just like when using Street View elsewhere, users can change the perspective's location and angle as they please. Until now the "indoor" Google Maps has covered building layouts, floor plans and other such details at Tokyo's Haneda Airport and elsewhere, but according to the Google Japan Blog that reports on the company's latest news in Japanese, this is the "first time anywhere in the world we have tried" to provide a look inside an airport with Street View.

Meanwhile, Street View has already peered into ten other large facilities in Japan that include the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Yurakucho Marui department store in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, as well as train stations along the Minatomirai Line in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture: Shin-takashima, Minatomirai, Bashamichi, Nihon-odori and Motomachi-Chukagai stations. Using Street View in a station allows users to check for things such as the location of wide ticket gates that can accommodate wheelchairs and platform layouts.

The company said it wants to use Google Maps to "offer accurate and accessible maps of many places across the globe. We hope people will search for new places registered on Street View." Google plans to expand Street View to more airports and other locations within Japan.