First Airlines brings a new meaning to staycation with its virtual trips to Rome, Paris and more

Want to get away without really going anywhere? Japanese tourism firm First Airlines has the perfect solution: trips to Paris, New York, Rome and Hawaii that don't require a passport. In fact, these trips don't even require an airplane, assuming you're already in Japan.

That's because First Airlines operates out of the eighth floor of an office building in the Ikebukuro district of Toshima, Tokyo, and its trips take place within virtual reality headsets.

This is no ordinary VR experience, though: Part theme-park ride, part dinner theatre, First Airlines offers authentic first- and business-class airline seats, a crew of flight attendants and a four-course dinner prepared to match the cuisine of your virtual destination. Only after your “in-flight” meal will you don your VR headset and experience the sights and sounds of an overseas city.

First class seats are about $60, while business class is about $50 for the approximately two-hour experience. The meal and service are the same for each option; the only difference is the quality of your physical seat.

First Airlines

Want to get away without really going anywhere? Japanese tourism firm First Airlines has the perfect solution: trips to Paris, New York, Rome and Hawaii that don't require a passport. In fact, these trips don't even require an airplane, assuming you're already in Japan.

That's because First Airlines operates out of the eighth floor of an office building in the Ikebukuro district of Toshima, Tokyo, and its trips take place within virtual reality headsets.

This is no ordinary VR experience, though: Part theme-park ride, part dinner theatre, First Airlines offers authentic first- and business-class airline seats, a crew of flight attendants and a four-course dinner prepared to match the cuisine of your virtual destination. Only after your “in-flight” meal will you don your VR headset and experience the sights and sounds of an overseas city.