Why not look into the history of Kyoto?
TimeScope offers a kind of time travel experience in Kyoto though the iPhone/iPad.
The time travel world of Time Scope offers the Imperial Court Compound (Chodo-in) of ancient Kyoto's (Heian Era) Greater Imperial Palace (centered around Senbon-dori stretching from Nijo-dori in the south to the area around Marutamachi-dori in the north). This is where the Imperial Court Compound stood; here, enthronement ceremonies, marriage celebrations and other important ceremonies would be held in the Great Hall of State (Daigoku-den); here, public officials would conduct state affairs from the 12 buildings that made up the Court of Ministries (Chodo).
Please be sure to hold the iPhone up in front of you for the opportunity to walk into TimeScope's world.
All around you the scenes of ancient Kyoto will appear. You can probably have the "I didn't know this about Kyoto" discovery as you peek in on various places.
In preview mode, from any location you can see the scenes of ancient Kyoto by tapping the green pins.
・360 degrees Scenes
Using the GPS electronic compass and accelerometer we reproduce 360 degrees scenes of ancient Kyoto according the the users location and orientation as well as the vertical orientation of the iPhone/iPad.
Holding the iPhone/iPad horizontally to the ground you can see a map view with the layout of the buildings from the past allowing you to easily understand the relationship to the current buildings.
Tap on a building on the display to see its function and a detailed description.
Supported the latest OS.
Ratings and Reviews
Super Reality in Kyoto, Japan!
I have been there and done this; it's really super!
These days there are many applications that tout augmented reality with the camera; TimeScope is different! The camera is not used and it's not really virtual reality either! The present is being enhanced with a scene from the past, so I want to call it super reality!
If you are not in Kyoto you can use the preview mode to get an idea of the views but it' not the same as being there. Since it's location based you have to come to Kyoto to get the full experience. This might not be obvious since you can use preview mode but make no mistake, if you are not in the right place in Kyoto this super reality isn't really as super.
Do you love iPhone apps? Are planing to visit Kyoto? If so, make this app a destination in Kyoto.
My one criticism of the interface is the "under construction" graphic. I think it should be a little more inviting... Perhaps an invitation to Kyoto with glowing preview button that would make it more obvious how to experience this super reality app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.