Recommendations on useful apps for travel in Japan?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by ShaolinX, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. ShaolinX macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2012
    Hello guys, thought I'd ask a few of the Japanese based MR posters for their advice/counsel and recommendations on apps that would be of use in Japan, particularly train schedule apps and location based map apps? I'll be travelling later next month to Japan for a little while and it would be good to have some reference handy. I do realize that bringing over a factory unlocked A1428 model (the Canadian, or AT&T version) will limit me and I'll have to cut down a micro-sim from b-mobile or similar source, but I'm alright with that.

    Cheers guys, thanks very much for any suggestions ahead of time -- was having trouble finding a good JR app, for instance. 本当にありがとうございます。
  2. sagar4995 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2012
    Dubai, UAE
    TripAdvisor? for hotels, restaurants, etc... not sure ull get bus routes n all. it was useful when i travelled to Bali. Otherwise, i'd recommend buying a lonely planet book. those series have everything in them! enjoy!
  3. esanker macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2012
    Actually there is a problem using b-mobile data sims on iOS6 (

    Use google maps website. They just announced bus support in Japan (

    If you have a Japanese iTunes account and can understand Japanese, you can get Mapfan. It is a fully offline map of Japan. It offers only car and walking directions.

    For train schedules, if you are going to stay in Tokyo only get Tokyo Metro or Otherwise, get 乗換案内 app by Jorudan. It is available in Japanese only but their website app is in English.

    Hope that helps. Good luck, bro. Have fun :)
  4. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately

    I am checking out MapFan now, I used gogo navigator the last time I was driving in Japan a few years ago. I found it hard to find Navigation apps that didn't use data, it worked really good, but you have to enter addresses and POI in Japanese, not a huge deal for me since my wife is Japanese, but I did all the driving.

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