Catching Some Tunes-and Insight from Tour Guides.
A Fresh Take on a Hato Bus Tour in Tokyo.
When fall colors are at their finest and seasonal illumination is just around the corner, soon it will be a great time to see the sights in Tokyo. This time, we'll introduce unmatched Sony headphone features for new ways to enjoy music on a trip. Tag along with Pro Traveler aiai on one of the Hato Bus tours that have taken off in recent years.
Pro Traveler® aiai
A Pro Traveler since June 2016, and with more than fifteen trips abroad each year, aiai shares photos of her travels. The soothing colors of her beautiful shots have attracted nearly fifty-two thousand Instagram followers as of February 15, 2018. She is also the author of GENIC TRAVEL vol.04 Wander in MOROCCO (October 2017), introducing a hot destination.
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Free Yourself from Noise and Cables with Headphones for Stress-Free Listening
WF-1000X wireless noise-canceling headphones were released on October 7, 2017. The first thing you'll notice is that the left and right earbuds are separate-not tied together by a cable. And because they're noise canceling, besides being free of cables, they'll free you from the noise around you, which is reduced for clearer listening.
To hear what's around you as you listen to music, switch to an Ambient Sound mode. It's a fresh listening experience that no one seems to have imagined before.
For a music lover such as aiai (who always wears headphones on the go until she needs to talk to someone), their compact size and stylish design were perfect. "I love how I can just toss them in my bag and easily carry them around without worrying about cords, because they're wireless and compact. It's also great that they don't clash with anything I wear, because they're elegant and nicely colored."
Now let's see what new experiences await with the WF-1000X on a Hato Bus tour.
All aboard the "'O Sola mio" open-top double-decker for a Hato Bus tour! Without a roof, the bus gives a much more exciting view of Tokyo's many scenic spots. On the most popular tour-Panoramic Tokyo Drive-aiai caught the bus at Tokyo Station and saw several famous sites in central Tokyo, including the National Diet Building, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, and Ginza.
Here, we'll introduce two ways to enjoy these headphones on a tour. The first is touring while immersing yourself in music and scenery, thanks to industry-leading noise cancellation.*
* Among truly wireless noise-canceling headphones, as of August 31, 2017, according to Sony research measured following JEITA guidelines.
Immerse Yourself in Music and Scenery on Tours, with Noise Cancellation
Open-top buses bring cities closer than ever, but they also bring the sounds of traffic and wind closer. By activating noise-canceling mode on the WF-1000X, you can shut out this noise and surround yourself with clear music and city scenery. It's like your own private realm of sights and sounds. Aiai enjoyed it: "It's exciting as street signs and bridges pass by so closely on an open double-decker bus, and the headphones muted most of the noise, so I could focus on the scenery and music. The sound was also quite clear, so sightseeing was fun."
A New Way to Tour: Catch Some Tunes and the Tour Guide's Comments
The second style of listening we'll introduce is a wholly new way to tour. In an Ambient Sound mode, enjoy music while also hearing some sounds around you-take in the scenery with your tour guide's comments.
Depending on where you are, choose one of the two Ambient Sound modes while you listen to music: Voice mode or Normal mode.
If you're at a train station or airport, you can catch announcements in Voice mode, which reduces noise as you listen to music while picking up people's voices. Of course, you can hear what bus guides say, so you won't miss learning about local attractions. It's a completely new experience-like a guided tour of Tokyo with your favorite music in superb quality as the soundtrack.
You can also use Adaptive Sound Control* to switch to your predefined noise cancellation and ambient sound settings automatically, once your activity (whether you are still or riding in a vehicle) is detected. This feature uses the accelerometer and GPS of a smartphone paired via Bluetooth. That way, you're always enjoying clear music under optimal settings.
* Requires installation of the Sony | Headphones Connect app on your smartphone.
Aiai set the app to use noise cancellation when the bus was stopped and Voice Ambient Sound mode when it was moving.
On the Hato Bus tour, she got the best of both worlds-a guided tour and her favorite tunes. "More fun than I imagined!" She had glowing praise for this new sensation. "It was a new experience, wearing headphones and listening to music, but still hearing everything the guide said. From the tour, I learned a lot about Tokyo-about its history, buildings, and more. As I listened to music I like, familiar Tokyo scenery somehow looked different. I saw things I never noticed before. It was also convenient that it switched modes automatically."
WF-1000X headphones make it easy to enjoy listening in places and situations where you never imagined you could. Because they're truly wireless, you're also less aware of wearing headphones. Using them is a breeze, and you can also share your tunes by handing one of the earbuds to a friend.
Unmatched Sony headphone features bring you a new way to travel, by enjoying both music and the scenery. Pro Traveler and globetrotter aiai says her Hato Bus tour was a memorable journey and fresh experience. WF-1000X are stress-free, truly wireless headphones, ready for immersive listening with noise cancellation and adapting to many traveling situations with Adaptive Sound Control. Or, catch the sound you want to hear in Voice mode. As aiai found on her Hato Bus tour, new listening experiences await you.
See for yourself by making your music a soundtrack for your travels.
* The order of scenes shown in this article does not follow the order on a tour.
With support from Tokyo Tower