Tokyo Anime Tourism is letting you join the world of Sword Art Online — minus the expensive headgear and potential death.
This winter’s Digital Stamp Rally marks a collaboration between the franchise and the tourism board, inviting fans to use their smartphones to cruise around Tokyo and interact with augmented-reality spots around town.
Download the special app and check the map to find each spot, then check in nearby (within a 30m radius) and interact with characters from Sword Art Online. Hitting enough spots will get you prizes like pinback buttons, clear files, and towels.
The event runs from January 28 to February 28. A special kickoff event will be held on the 28th in Bellesalle Akihabara, where you can encounter rare characters. No advance registration is necessary for the event.
Source: Anime! Anime!
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