Manual for Creating AR Cityscapes of Major Cities in Japan

The AR City Templates for six of Japan’s major cities will allow anyone to create AR scenes that work seamlessly in these cities without location markers.

We will show you how to create, distribute, and experience these AR scenes in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Kyoto.

 

How to Create AR Cityscapes

Select a City Template

Access STYLY Studio to get started.
A STYLY account is required, so if you do not have an account, go to https://gallery.styly.cc/signup to sign up.

Log into STYLY Studio and click the “CREATE SCENE” button. Then, a list of templates will be displayed.

Click “CREATE SCENE”

Click “CREATE SCENE”

Select a city template.
Enter a title for your scene and click “CREATE”.

List of available city templates:

  • Sapporo Odori Park (Hokkaido)
  • Tokyo Shibuya Station (Tokyo)
  • Nagoya Station (Aichi)
  • Kyoto Station (Kyoto)
  • Osaka Dotonbori (Osaka)
  • Fukuoka Tenjin Station (Fukuoka)
Select the city template

Select the city template

Using city templates to create AR scenes linked to the real world

In STYLY, you can create AR scenes using the default assets such as 3D models and effects.
You can also upload your own 3D models, images and videos to create scenes with more originality.

For more information on how to use assets provided in STYLY Studio and how to upload your own assets, read the following article:

How to import scenes and prefabs from Unity:

How to add animation to an asset using Modifiers:

Now, let’s place the assets in STYLY Studio.
We recommend putting them on the roof or walls of a building.

配置方法に困ったら、建物の屋上や壁面にアセットを配置してみる

If you’re not sure where to place the assets, try putting them on the roof or walls of a building.

Realistic scale 3D city models

The 3D city models are the same size as real world buildings.
The assets will be placed in the same location in the real world as they are positioned in STYLY Studio.

3D都市モデルと実際の建物と大きさは一緒

The size of the 3D city models and real world buildings are the same

3D city models are not displayed during the AR experience

The 3D city models will not be displayed in the AR experience, as they are only used as a guide for building your scene.

STYLY Studioの3D都市モデルは、AR体験時には見えない

STYLY Studio’s 3D city models will not be shown during the AR experience

Preview your scene with Your Position

Your Position allows you to view the scene from the viewer’s perspective.
Click “reset position” at the right of STYLY Studio to view the AR scene from Your Position’s perspective.

When building a scene, you will be inspecting it from various angles and heights, so it may start lacking the viewer’s ground level perspective. Go back and forth in multiple views to make sure your scene turns out exactly how you expect it to be.

Your Positionの目線から見たシーン

The scene from Your Position’s perspective

Experience the AR scene anywhere from designated areas

To experience AR scenes using a city template, you must go to the actual city’s location.
For the exact areas of each city, see paragraph “Be at the actual city location before launching the scene”.

Using Scenes and Prefabs from Unity

Read how to upload your Unity scenes and prefabs to STYLY Studio below:

Whales are AR space advertising

When an AR scene is launched, a whale is displayed as an AR space advertisement.

クジラはAR空間広告

Whale is AR space advertising

Points to note when creating AR Cityscapes

Do not delete city assets

When creating scenes using a city template, three assets are placed in the scene: the AR on City asset, the 3D city model, and the 3D city anchor.
Do not delete these three assets. If you delete them, the scene will not work as expected.

Assets that should not be deleted:
・AR on City asset
・3D City Model
・3D City Anchor

AR on City、Tokyo Shibuya Station、Tokyo Shibuya Station Anchorは削除しない

In the case of this scene, do not delete the AR on City, Tokyo Shibuya Station, and Tokyo Shibuya Station Anchor assets

How to restore city assets if you accidentally delete them

If you accidentally delete a city asset, open the Asset Selector and select the asset from Function.
You can add AR on City, the 3D city model and 3D city anchor assets from here.

If you delete the AR on City asset, add the AR on City asset to your scene.
If you delete a 3D city model, add the 3D city model that was originally in your scene.
If you delete a 3D city anchor, add the 3D city anchor that was originally in your scene.

The 3D city model and the 3D city anchor must be the same location.
If you are using the 3D city model of Tokyo Shibuya Station, make sure to match it with the Tokyo Shibuya Station Anchor.

Do not place a Skybox in your scene

When using XR Cityscape Assets, do not place a Skybox in the same scene. That applies to all Skyboxes in the Environment asset page.
If you place a Skybox in a scene, the scene will automatically switch to VR mode and you will not be able to see the environment in AR.

都市テンプレートを使う場合、Skyboxは使わない

When using a city template, do not place a Skybox in your scene.

Do not use with the AR on Sky asset

A city template and the AR on Sky asset cannot be used together.
For more information on how to use AR on Sky, refer to the following article:

How to experience the AR Cityscape Scene

Download and Install the STYLY Mobile App

Download STYLY for iOS
https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/id1477168256

Download STYLY for Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.psychicvrlab.stylymr

Devices supporting AR Cityscapes
https://developers.google.com/ar/devices
AR Cityscapes will only work on devices supporting Depth API.

1. Launch the STYLY mobile app and tap on My Page.
2. Tap the “Log In” button to log in.
3. A list of the scenes you have created will be shown, so tap the AR scene you would like to experience.
4. Tap the Download button to download the scene in advance.

My Page > Log In > Tap on the AR Cityscape scene > Download (Update)

My Page > Log In > Tap on the AR Cityscape scene > Download (Update)

 

Be at the actual city location before launching the scene

Make sure to be at the location of your city template before launching your scene.
For example, to experience an AR scene using the Tokyo Shibuya Station template, you will need to be in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

To see the areas available for creating AR cityscapes, refer to the maps below:

AR Cityscapes Supported Areas
Sapporo Odori Park

Tokyo Shibuya Station

Nagoya Station

Kyoto Station

Osaka Dotonbori

Fukuoka Tenjin Station

When you arrive at the location, launch the STYLY mobile app and tap the “Play” button.

Tap “Play” after arriving at the location

Tap “Play” after arriving at the location

Point your camera to the surrounding buildings for the app to recognize your current location. Now you can experience the AR scene in the city!

Point the camera to the top of surrounding buildings to experience the AR scene!

Point the camera to the top of surrounding buildings to experience the AR scene!

Whales in AR space ads disappear with a tap or over time.

AR space advertisement is displayed when starting AR scene.

Start the scene on ground level

Make sure to be on ground level when you start the AR scene.
Launching an AR scene on the second floor or above or on a bridge will result in misalignment.

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