Top 8 Japan Travel Apps
Download Before You Go!
In an era of smartphones and technology, travelling has never been easier with a wide variety of travel tools at our fingertips, quite literally. Applications have changed the way we travel, from translators to online maps, allowing us to navigate our way through foreign countries and cultures such as Japan.
So if you’re booked for your next epic ski adventure to Japan, below is a list of travel apps to enhance your experience and during your holiday!
A comprehensive train transport directory for Japan with real time updates. The app navigates you from your preferred point of departure to your destination and if you are travelling on a Rail Pass, you can also select to use JR line trains and buses included in the pass.
Offline version of Google maps that offers free, fast and detailed maps with turn-by-turn navigation. Download maps of Japan before you leave home so will always know where you are.
This is a translation application that allows you to translate any kind of Japanese characters by simply taking a photo on your phone. It works offline making it fantastic for supermarket trips, road signs, menus or any time you need to read something in Japanese.
A Restaurant Guide for your phone! Search for restaurants nearby or search by area or type of cuisine.
This is a Japanese communication app equivalent to WhatsApp or Messenger. It provides free video and voice calls and texts by using internet, so you do not need a Japanese phone number.
6. QR Translator
Japanese information signs at railway stations, airports or museums on occasion have a QRT code. You can simply scan this with the application and provide you with the information in your designated language.
7. Yurekuru Call
Up to date information on early warning for earthquakes, tremors and tsunamis. You can update the application with your location and it will then send you warnings in real time.
8. NHK World
Up to date news and events from Japan and Asia in English. It is a great resource for general updates about the country as well as upcoming festivals or events in Japan.