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6 Unbeatable Apps for your Trip to Tokyo

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With the announcement of Tokyo as the latest Olympic hosts â and the current strength of western currency against the falling yen â, thereâs never been a better time to visit Tokyo. If youâre the type that likes to wise up to your holiday destination and make the most of your trip, thereâs a whole host of great apps that have been developed especially to get you discovering Tokyo like a pro. Here are a few of our favourites.
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If the thought of navigating the bustling metropolis of Tokyo leaves you with a feeling of dread, Find!TOKYO demystifies the streets of the Japanese capital right before your eyes. The app includes detailed maps of everything from street plans to train lines and even offers helpful tips to stop you getting lost inside cavernous stations. It also includes an illustrated directory of hotels, restaurants, cinemas, parks and temples, meaning that itâs great for exploring in your downtime, as well as for finding your way back to your hotel! Once you've downloaded it, you donât even need the internet to use it â genius!
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With 9 lines, 179 stations and around 7 million users a day, the Tokyo Metro is the most used subway system in the world. Dating all the way back to 1927, the sheer number of people and fast moving traffic mean that it can be a nightmare to navigate to the unfamiliar â and even sometimes to locals! With the Tokyo Metro Subway app, you can put an end to all that and travel like a native. Itâs by far the best app out there and comes with clear maps, route planning and route calculation. Perfect!
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However long you plan to stay in Tokyo, having a basic grip on the language will see you go a long way. For total beginners to the language, Human Japanese is a great app to start things off with. With a clear and friendly lesson style and smooth guiding through the basics, this is an app that feels like youâre getting an actual teacher, as opposed to simple flashcards or memory tests. Youâll be fluent in no time!
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Ever wondered what all of those different types of sushi actually are but been too embarrassed to ask? Well, Real Sushi is here to save the day! The app includes a descriptive rundown of what each dish entails, as well as a useful picture glossary so you can match up your plate of food with what you see on the screen. Thereâs even a syllabic pronunciation guide to get you ordering like a native in no time at all. See you at the sushi bar!
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Whether youâre travelling to Tokyo on a business trip, a holiday or part of a backpacking adventure, itâll be super handy to make sure that you have instant access to information for hotels and for flights. Our favourite way to keep track is with the Expedia app, allowing you to browse and make bookings straight from your phone. So whether you want to find the coolest hotel around or you still need to book your flight to Tokyo, itâs simple, easy to use and thereâs some great deals. Whatâs not to love about that?
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When a city has as much culture and diversity as Tokyo, youâll constantly be stumbling upon interesting looking buildings or spotting fancy artwork in the street. With Google Goggles, thereâs no need to waste precious time trying to Google search for âred building with diamond windows in Tokyoâ (just an example!). Simply take a quick snapshot with your camera phone and the app will do the rest, finding out exactly what it is that youâre looking at. Itâs like having your very own tour guide in your pocket â but less heavy.
With the announcement of Tokyo as the latest Olympic hosts â and the current strength of western currency against the falling yen â, thereâs never been a better time to visit Tokyo. If youâre the type that likes to wise up to your holiday destination and make the most of your trip, thereâs a whole host of great apps that have been developed especially to get you discovering Tokyo like a pro. Here are a few of our favourites.

Find!TOKYO

6 Unbeatable Apps for your Trip to Tokyo - Image 1

If the thought of navigating the bustling metropolis of Tokyo leaves you with a feeling of dread, Find!TOKYO demystifies the streets of the Japanese capital right before your eyes. The app includes detailed maps of everything from street plans to train lines and even offers helpful tips to stop you getting lost inside cavernous stations. It also includes an illustrated directory of hotels, restaurants, cinemas, parks and temples, meaning that itâs great for exploring in your downtime, as well as for finding your way back to your hotel! Once you've downloaded it, you donât even need the internet to use it â genius!

Tokyo Metro Subway

6 Unbeatable Apps for your Trip to Tokyo - Image 2

With 9 lines, 179 stations and around 7 million users a day, the Tokyo Metro is the most used subway system in the world. Dating all the way back to 1927, the sheer number of people and fast moving traffic mean that it can be a nightmare to navigate to the unfamiliar â and even sometimes to locals! With the Tokyo Metro Subway app, you can put an end to all that and travel like a native. Itâs by far the best app out there and comes with clear maps, route planning and route calculation. Perfect!

Human Japanese

6 Unbeatable Apps for your Trip to Tokyo - Image 3

However long you plan to stay in Tokyo, having a basic grip on the language will see you go a long way. For total beginners to the language, Human Japanese is a great app to start things off with. With a clear and friendly lesson style and smooth guiding through the basics, this is an app that feels like youâre getting an actual teacher, as opposed to simple flashcards or memory tests. Youâll be fluent in no time!

Real Sushi

6 Unbeatable Apps for your Trip to Tokyo - Image 4

Ever wondered what all of those different types of sushi actually are but been too embarrassed to ask? Well, Real Sushi is here to save the day! The app includes a descriptive rundown of what each dish entails, as well as a useful picture glossary so you can match up your plate of food with what you see on the screen. Thereâs even a syllabic pronunciation guide to get you ordering like a native in no time at all. See you at the sushi bar!

Expedia App

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Whether youâre travelling to Tokyo on a business trip, a holiday or part of a backpacking adventure, itâll be super handy to make sure that you have instant access to information for hotels and for flights. Our favourite way to keep track is with the Expedia app, allowing you to browse and make bookings straight from your phone. So whether you want to find the coolest hotel around or you still need to book your flight to Tokyo, itâs simple, easy to use and thereâs some great deals. Whatâs not to love about that?

Google Goggles

6 Unbeatable Apps for your Trip to Tokyo - Image 6

When a city has as much culture and diversity as Tokyo, youâll constantly be stumbling upon interesting looking buildings or spotting fancy artwork in the street. With Google Goggles, thereâs no need to waste precious time trying to Google search for âred building with diamond windows in Tokyoâ (just an example!). Simply take a quick snapshot with your camera phone and the app will do the rest, finding out exactly what it is that youâre looking at. Itâs like having your very own tour guide in your pocket â but less heavy.

By Josie Sampson

This blog is listed under Development & Implementations and Mobility Community

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