Virtual kyoto: Visualization of historical city with 4DGIS, virtual reality and web technologies

Y. Takase, K. Yano, T. Nakaya, Y. Isoda, T. Kawasumi, K. Matsuoka, T. Seto, D. Kawahara, A. Tsukamoto, M. Inoue, T. Kirimura

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Virtual Kyoto is a virtual timespace created on a computer for the purpose of investigating the past, present and future of the historical city of Kyoto. Using the cuttingedge technologies in GIS and VR (virtual reality), the authors have been constructed Virtual Kyoto as 4DGIS that comprises a series of 3DGISs for different eras. The 3D modeling of the city began with the present Kyoto, and has gone back to the past eras, including those soon after and before the World War II, the Taisho and Meiji eras, premodern Edo era and finally back to Heian era when the city of Kyoto was founded in the late 8th century. The aims of the creation of Virtual Kyoto include; 1) to archive georeferenced materials such as current digital maps, old topographic maps, cadastral maps, aerial photographs, picture maps, street photographs, landscape paintings, archaeological sites data, and historical documents; 2) to create a database of all existing buildings including machiyas (traditional townhouses), modern heritage buildings, shrines and temples including historical and cultural heritages; 3) to create VR models of the abovementioned buildings; and d) to estimate and simulate the land use and landscape changes over the studied periods using aforementioned materials. Virtual Kyoto is an infrastructure to place a variety of digitally archived materials associated with the city, and to disseminate varieties of sophisticated styles of culture and art of Kyoto to the world over the Internet. The webbased system provides userfriendly interface to explore comprehensive information on culture and art of Kyoto with its historical landscapes. Virtual Kyoto will play significant roles in assistance for urban landscape planning of Kyoto as well as sending rich information on Kyoto to the world through the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-980
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2008 21st ISPRS International Congress for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Beijing, China
Duration: 2008 Jul 32008 Jul 11


  • City
  • Cultural Heritage
  • GIS
  • History
  • Internet/Web
  • Threedimensional
  • Virtual Reality
  • Visualization


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