Best Travel Apps to Help You in Japan

Technology is sometimes a blessing, isn’t it? It has made so many aspects of our lives much more convenient, especially when it comes to traveling in a foreign country.

One of the things that most people worry about before visiting Japan is the language barrier, and that makes perfect sense. Even though you hear that many road signs and public announcements are also made in English lately, this is not always the case. If you go to more rural areas of Japan, you will suddenly notice how many locals don’t speak English, even in shops or restaurants.

Fortunately, as I mentioned at the beginning, there are technologies that can help you in many ways when visiting Japan. In this case, I am referring to mobile applications. In this article, I’ll show you our picks of the 10 best travel apps to help you in Japan.

1. Travel to Japan by Navitime


The first app on our list is Japan Travel. This is an app created by Navitime and it is a transport navigation app that shows you the best ways to get from point A to point B using various transport options.

Transportation in Japan is really organized and convenient, but it can be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with it. By using Japan Travel, you will be able to move around Japan as if you were a local.

Apart from being a transport navigation app, it also offers a map, route finder, trip guides, and even a trip planner.

Install Japan Travel for iPhone and Android HERE.

2.Google Maps

Google Maps
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Google Maps needs no introduction. I bet you use it daily even in your own country. However, this app becomes even more valuable when traveling to a foreign country.

In the case of Japan, not only can you look up where things are and calculate how long it will take you to get there, but you can also see the locations of bus stops and their schedules. Also, in case you decide to rent a car, you can use this app as your navigator.

Install Google Maps for iPhone HERE.

Install Google Maps for Android HERE.

3. Official Japan Travel App

Official Japan travel app
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Japan Official Travel App is an application created by the Japan National Tourist Board. This is an application that will assist you in many ways during your trip to Japan.

This app offers route finder, up-to-date travel articles and a search function that allows you to find important locations such as WiFi hotspots, ATMs and hospitals. It also comes with a safety assist feature that will alert you in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

Install Japan’s official travel app for iPhone and Android HERE.

4. Tripadvisor

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This is another app that you may already be familiar with. Knowing how to use an app before you need to use it makes it even more convenient. If you are already using this app in your home country, it will be easy for you to use it in Japan.

Now that I’ve already introduced you to apps that will take you places, it’s time to find places to go. With Tripadvisor, you can find hotels, restaurants, shops, tourist attractions, and more. And since it is used by millions of people around the world, no matter what you are looking for, you will most likely find reviews and ratings regarding what you are looking for.

Install Tripadvisor for iPhone and Android HERE.

5. Google Translate

Google Translate
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From there, let me introduce you to a few apps that will help you overcome the language barrier, the first being Google Translate. You might have heard of this app, and maybe some of you have used it before.

This app will help you instantly translate Japanese language into your own. Not only can you translate by typing something, but you can also use your mobile phone’s camera to take a picture of a sign written in Japanese and it will also translate it for you. or better yet, you don’t need to take a picture; just by pointing your camera at the panel, the app will translate it for you.

Install Google Translate for iPhone HERE.

Install Google Translate for Android HERE.

6. Omotenashi Guide

Omotenashi Guide
Copyright © Yamaha Corporation.

This is the second translator app in this list, however, it has different features than Google Translate. Omotenashi Guide is an app created by the Yamaha company, and it will translate public announcements you hear in places like the airport, train stations, shopping malls, and theme parks.

All you have to do is activate the app and let it hear the announcement. Then it will translate it into your language for you to understand.

Install Omotenashi Guide for iPhone and Android HERE.

7. VoiceTra

Copyright© 2015 National Institute of Information and Communication Technologies.

Next on our list, we have VoiceTra which is an application created by the NICT (National Institute of Information and Communication Technologies). This app will translate conversations in real time for you to interact with Japanese speaking locals.

The app works both ways (Japanese to English and English to Japanese), and the best thing about this app is that it’s totally free, something you rarely see with these translator apps .

Install Omotenashi Guide for iPhone and Android HERE.

8. Cape Ecbo

Cape Ebo
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This next app is one that can help you if you have a lot of luggage. In many cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel, even before check-in or after check-out. However, if this is not an option you have at the moment, traveling with all your luggage becomes stressful.

This app will show you places near you or in a specific area where you can store your luggage. You can make reservations in advance to avoid any kind of unsuspected problem.

Install Ecbo Cloak for iPhone and Android HERE.

9. GuruNavi

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Next on our list we have Gurunavi. You might have heard of this app before as it is a popular app used even by locals. GuruNavi is a simple restaurant finder app that will help you with all important restaurant information.

You can search for a specific area to see what kind of restaurants are there. Or if there is already a restaurant that interests you, you can check its opening hours, menu, prices, etc. It also has a map that shows you the exact location, making it easy to find a place to eat you want.

Install GURUNAVI for iPhone HERE.

Install GURUNAVI for Android HERE.

10. Halal Gourmet Japan

Halal Gourmet Japan
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And finally, on this list, we have Halal Gourmet Japan. This is a similar app to the previous Gurunavi, however, as you may have noticed, this app specializes in restaurants that serve Halal meals.

Although there is an increase in the number, restaurants that serve halal meals are not so easy to find in Japan. However, more than 750 restaurants are registered in this application, which greatly facilitates the task of those who need this information.

Install Halal Gourmet Japan for iPhone and Android HERE.

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I hope this article was helpful to you. If you want to know more about transport in Japan and other information about traveling and living in Japan, be sure to check out our other articles!

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