Must have apps when travelling to Japan
There used to be a time when people would go travelling; they would travel with heavy books about their destination. One would include all the sights, the second one would be a dictionary to make sure to explain yourself and other booklet filled with all the information on your bookings.
Tripit is an app I have only recently discovered. I never felt much of a need to have an app to store all my trip information like flight tickets/ times train tickets and hotel bookings. However, since I started planning a massive backpacking trip around Japan this trip has helped me a lot. You download the app, sign up for an account and forward your booking confirmations to the special email address and all your bookings will be stored OFFLINE inside the app.
Hyperdia is probably one of the most famous apps for Japanese transports. You can search the quickest and cheapest way to move around Japan from Train/Bus Station to the other. However, since this app is entirely in Japanese this app just doesn't work for me, since my Japanese isn't that high level. For all those having the same problem I suggest using the equivalent www.Hyperdia.com/en which is able to provide the information in English!
Maps.me is my personal favourite. This app is not focused solely on Japan and therefore can be usefull during any trip or during any time. This app is convenient because you are able to save maps offline (like Japan) and you will be able to view them online and even search addresses and other points of interests. Also, you can pin your favourite addresses and are able to pin addresses before your trip, making it easier to navigate your way around the difficult Japanese Kanji.
5. Japan Rail
Food, Souvenirs, Discounts
This app is available for Tokyo, but also a lot of other cities in Japan. You need to have this app if you are looking to get the best deals on your trip and if you like to take advantage of your temporary stay.
If you are sick an tired of giving out your email address when you want to use the internet at a public place. Or do you always sing up with: [email protected] or [email protected] than this is the app for you. Japan connected Wifi is an app to let you use these ‘free’ wifi hotspots without actually having to sign up. A true relief and therefore an app that musn’t be missed!
Another app, possible the most famous one when it comes to free wifi around Japan is the Travel Japan Wi-Fi app. This app let’s you connect to over 200K+ Wifi hotspots all across Japan, again without having to sign up first. Because the above apps look pretty similar I have no preference for either one. Both are amazing!
1. Line –What whatsapp is to the American/Western world, Line is to Japan. Almost all people in Japan having a smartphone have installed line to communicate/ chat with each other. However, Line is also used to make reservations online.
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