Google Trekker just announced the expansion of its street view hiking map project to outside organizations, and today it’s revealing another aspect of the program’s broadening…

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Google Trekker just announced the expansion of its street view hiking map project to outside organizations, and today it’s revealing another aspect of the program’s broadening: Getting virtual tourists behind velvet ropes at completely unique, remote destinations. On the Google Maps blog today, the team showed off a virtual tour of the island of Hashima, in Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture, which providing the setting for Bond villain Raoul Silva’s hideout in Skyfall.

Hashima, otherwise known as “Battleship” island in Japanese, is a former coal mining facility and living area for its workers. It was abandoned completely in the 1970s, and then finally opened its doors to tourists again in 2009. But tourists aren’t allowed everywhere in Hashima, since it’s basically a toppling wreck of concrete and steel – pieces of buildings regularly fall off and might not mix well with the soft skulls of gaggle-eyed visitors.

The Trekker team…

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