The Best Travel Apps for Japan To Download Right Now!
With today’s technology, international travel has never been easier. When traveling to a foreign destination that you’ve never visited before, having a few travel apps can decrease stress and increase productivity while on your trip. These are a few of the best Japan travel apps that we found most useful during our visits to Japan!
If you’re only going to download ONE of these travel apps for Japan, let it be Google Maps. It’s by far the app that we used to most while in Japan. Google Maps allows you to be very efficient in how you travel from place to place, regardless of your method. I love how this app allows you to change your method of travel (walking, driving, public transit, etc.) and gives you both a map and turn by turn instructions.
Another great feature of Google Maps is its ability to calculate your fare on public transit (i.e. trains, subways, streetcars, etc.) so you’re able to purchase the correct ticket and don’t have to worry about correcting your balance at your destination.
The last thing we love about Google Maps is that we were able to save all of the places we wanted to visit by flagging or favoriting locations and you can find many other neat things in the area by clicking on different places and seeing photos/reviews.
Have we sold you already on these travel apps for Japan within the first one? 😉
We absolutely love TripAdvisor and have used it a number of times when researching and planning our trips. While it is good to reference printed literature when planning your trip, TripAdvisor is amazing because information about attractions/hotels/restaurants are typically updated frequently and it is free to use!
TripAdvisor utilizes reviews and information given by travelers and professional sources to give you information about the best locations to visit, stay, and eat, to get the most out of your trip. You can also create lists to save everything in one place.
One of the best aspects of TripAdvisor is its map and current location searches that allow you to search areas of interest near you. It was especially helpful on evenings when we had changed our itinerary and needed a quick place to eat nearby. While it is nice to visit “hot spots” in each city, we also enjoy trying new locations that haven’t been reviewed and sharing these new places with other adventurous travelers.
Innovative Language 101
I have learned that making an attempt to learn another language can go a long way in how receptive others are when you visit their country. Innovative Language 101 has a lot of great materials to get you started on the basics of many different languages and is available to use on your desktop computer as well as your phone.
It also utilizes audio and visual lessons and has native speakers teach you proper intonation and phrasing of your desired language. There are also written lessons, PDF files, and community forums to aid in furthering your language education. While the download and trial membership are free, to gain full utilization of all the resources there are various membership packages available for a monthly fee.
Cost: Download – Free; Premium membership – $14.99/month; Basic – $4.99/mo; Mobile only – $6.24/mo
While we all have the best intentions when it comes to learning a new language, more often than not we don’t quite achieve our desired proficiency before we leave on our trip. Thankfully Google has developed some great apps that allow people to travel and communicate like never before. Google Translate is an amazing app that allows you to obviously translate simultaneously between two different languages. Hands down, this is one of the most useful travel apps for Japan.
The basic function is to type in the desired phrase or word and the app generates the corresponding text in the desired language. However, this app goes above and beyond with its extensive interface. An example is using the microphone to seamlessly translate spoken words into a text and verbal reply. Another feature of this app which is still a work in progress is the written translation. You can take a picture of text (i.e. a menu, or attraction pamphlet) and have it translated to your desired language.
Hyperdia is a railway timetable app that is perfect for planning out when you need to catch your train. Google Maps also offers this feature but Hyperdia is another great way to double check your routes, especially in more rural areas where Google Maps might fall short.
We love this app because it allows you to set specific times, railways, and other variables to determine your best route.
Cost: Free (First 30 days)
Maps.Me (Maps with Me)
This map application is wonderful for those who don’t have constant internet access while abroad. You can download various city or region maps and utilize them while you are disconnected to the internet. While limited compared to a lot of the other navigation apps, Maps
We definitely consider these to be the best Japan travel apps and they were seriously live savers on our three week trip to Japan and again when we moved to Japan for three months. Whether it be to get around, search for something to do, or aid in communicating, we highly recommend all of these travel apps for Japan to help make your trip easier and stress-free!
What were some apps that you couldn’t live without while traveling abroad? Which of these best Japan travel apps do you already have and utilize?