Useful Smartphone Apps for Japan (Updated Aug 31 2017)

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Useful Smartphone Apps for Japan (Updated Aug 31 2017)

Post by Benji Sun » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:15 am

($*.**) is the USD cost to buy the app.
(Free) means no cost to purchase, although there maybe in-app purchases.
($*.** Sub) means there's a subscription cost, in USD.

Using USD for this list since the default app stores for all 3 brands are US based.

All apps will be either available in English or Japanese, although a few may also include other languages, for the purposes of our forum, English and Japanese apps will take precedence. If Japanese name comes first, it's likely that app is Japanese only. For iOS apps, some of the titles in our list below may only be available in the Japanese App Store.

suggestions are welcomed and appreciated, but please check the date of last update to see if it's still a relevant app. i know there's a ton of apps out there, especially on iOS, and a huge part of those are defunct or ignored by their developers with outdated information.

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On internet connection
Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Travel Japan Wi-Fi
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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On language
Cooori's Japanese English Dictionary
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Yomiwa Offline Camera Translator
(iOS - $3.99, Android - Free)
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Waygo Translator & Dictionary
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Jspeak Voice Translator by NTT DoCoMo
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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ウェブリオ英語翻訳アプリ (suggested by ローラ 呉)
Weblio English Translator
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Memrise (suggested by Vanessa Holm)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Translator (by Microsoft)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free, Windows - Free)
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VoiceTra(音声翻訳) (suggested by Takumi Kaida)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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NariTra (Narita Airport Speech to Speech Translator)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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On off-road GPS (for hikers and off-piste skiiers)
any of these apps may require paying and downloading of one or more separate Japan Topography(Topo) maps
Gaia GPS
(iOS - $19.99, Android - $19.99)
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GPS Kit HD
(iOS - $14.99)
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BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS
(Android - $11.99)
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On public transit & GPS road map navigation
HyperDia
Transit Guide
(iOS - $2.99/mth Sub, Android - $2.99/mth Sub)
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Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists
official Tokyo Metro app
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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NAVITIME for Japan Travel
Transit Guide, Wi-Fi Search & Train Route Map
(iOS - Free, Android - Free, Windows - Free)
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Citymapper
Transit Guide using Google Map (currently limited to Tokyo)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Maps.me (suggested by Chris Nguyen)
Download maps to read offline.
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Japan Railway Map
Detailed Route Maps with Free Wi-Fi locator
(Android - Free)
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JR東日本 駅構内ナビ JR East Station Interior Navigation
interactive maps of interiors of major JR stations in Tokyo
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Uber
Transit Guide, Wi-Fi Search & Train Route Map
(iOS - Free, Android - Free, Windows - Free)
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Sygic
Transit Guide, Wi-Fi Search & Train Route Map
(iOS - Free, Android - Free, Windows - Free, download is free but upgrades to map and navigation will cost $20-80)
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On food
GURUNAVI - Japan Restaurant Guide (English version)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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ぐるなび GURUNAVI (Japanese version)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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食べログ - Tabelog
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Foodspotting
food only Foursquare-type app
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Halal Navi (suggested by Mohd Nor Akram)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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TeePee Guide
(iOS - $0.99)
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Yelp
(iOS - Free, Android - Free, Windows - Free)
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On money
iCurrency
(iOS - $0.99)
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Easy Currency Converter
(Android - Free)
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XE Currency
(iOS - Free, Android - Free, Windows - Free)
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Japan ATM Navigation By Seven Bank, Ltd.
(suggested by Janina Zielecka Sejer)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free, Windows - Free)
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On accommodations, flights, rental cars
Hostelworld
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Airbnb
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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じゃらん - Jalan.net
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Booking.com
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Expedia
(iOS - Free, Android - Free, Windows - Free)
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Skyscanner
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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On weather
AccuWeather
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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The Weather Channel
(Windows - Free)
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Itinerary Planners
Odigo Japan (suggested by Michael Lam)
(iOS - Free)
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Trip It
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Trip Case
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Trip Hobo (suggested by Ibrahim Al-Warthan)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Useful various info
TABIMORI by Narita International Airport Corporation
includes many functions from other apps like NariTra, Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi, Weathernews Inc., ...
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Japan Travel Guide for tourists by NTT
another useful multipurpose app from JTB & NTT DoCoMo
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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DiG Japan Travel Guide by Mapple (suggested by Zaidi Musilim)
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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コンビニ情報
Conbini Info
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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郵便局ナビ
Post Office Navi
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Road Station Navigation in Japan (suggested by Marcel Gnauk)
search for Road Stations where there's public toilets,
local products, and tourist information for the area.
(iOS - Free)
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100均マップ
100yen Shop Map
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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湯遊ナビ - Yu-yu Navi
search for for Public bath houses.
(iOS - Free)
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Onsen Search (suggested by Marcel Gnauk)
searcher for hot springs.
(iOS - Free)
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価格.com - Kakaku.com
price checking
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Public Ashtray Finder (suggested by Mariko Nakakita)[/b]
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Mosquee Japan (suggested by Azizuddin Shah)[/b]
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Payke (suggested by Serene Lee)[/b]
barcode scanner for translated product info.
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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On regional travel guides
Sora Walker
(iOS - Free)
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IKAHO Navi
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Gotemba Navi
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Ishikawa Travel Guide
(iOS - Free)
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Unique Nagano
(iOS - Free, Android - Free)
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Karuizawa App
(iOS - Free)
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Aqua Metropolis Osaka Guide App
(iOS - Free)
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Re: Useful Smartphone Apps for Japan (Updated Feb 13 2017)

Post by Benji Sun » Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:47 pm

add this to the list
https://www.strava.com/mobile


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