Microsoft Flight Simulator major Japan World Update is coming for free next week

The first World Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator was announced at TGS, with Microsoft playing directly to the Japanese audience watching with a comprehensive overhaul of how Japan is depicted in the game.

The free content update is coming on 29th September, bringing with it more accurate representations of six Japanese cities based off high resolution photogrammetry, six hand-modelled airports as well as a range of iconic historical and modern landmarks and a new digital elevation map.


New landing challenges and a new discovery flight will also be coming to the game.

All the locations and icons featured in the trailer are:


  • Yokohama
  • Tokyo
  • Takamatsu
  • Tokushima
  • Sendai
  • Utsunomiya

Hand-modelled Airports

  • Nagasaki Airport
  • Suwanosejima Airport
  • Shimokishima Airport
  • Kushiro Airport
  • Kerama Airport
  • Hachijo-Jima

Landmarks & Locations

  • Itsukushima Shrine
  • Mount Aso
  • Ikitshui Bridge
  • Hashima
  • Horyu-Ji
  • Tower of Wind
  • Mount Fuji
  • Kobe Port Tower
  • Shirakawa-Go
  • Himeji Castle
  • Amanohashidate
  • Great Seto Bridge
  • Matsushima Bay
  • Hakone

Unfortunately there’s still no word on when and how Microsoft Flight Simulator will be making the jump to console, but this major update is great to see and a good sign of things to come for the returning flight sim giant.

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  1. Of course, flying over Mount Aso would be great, it’s been many years that I stood up there and watched down that crater, and Fuji-san would be a blast to fly around.

    But, come on Microsoft, I’ve played on PlayStation for the last 20 years, would consider your new shiny Box for the first time ever (as a second option besides a PS5 I just bought), if only you finally made sure Flight Simulator would run on it in any half-decent quality. I’m waiting…

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