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Japan Travel Guide
How to survive in Japan without speaking Japanese

by Changi Recommends on July 16, 2015

Over the years, Japan has been a popular travel destination due to its vibrant culture, beautiful sceneries and delicious local cuisines. However, if you are travelling to Japan for the first time it can be daunting, especially if you do not speak or understand Japanese. Here's our selection of useful mobile applications for travellers visiting the Land of Rising Sun.

Navigate Japan's Train System


NAVITIME for Japan Travel

Named as one of the most complex subway system in the world, Tokyo's subway map can be confusing and difficult to comprehend. Navigate your way through the complicated map in a breeze with NaviTime. The application covers all local and express trains, subways, and bullet trains in Japan, including the Japan Rail and Tokyo Metro. Not only does it shows the route and the time taken to travel between stations, but the price of the train tickets as well.

Internet Connectivity: Internet connection required.

Overcome the Language Barrier


Scanner & Translator (Photo Credit: Apple iTunes)

Stumble upon signs that you do not understand or trying to figure out the restaurant menus? Scanner & Translator helps to translate the Japanese characters to English. Simply take a photo of the Japanese text and translate them into English. What's more, the application recognizes texts in more than 70 languages, and translates to over 90 languages. So not only can you use Scanner & Translator in Japan, but in other countries as well.

Internet Connectivity: Internet connection required.


iTranslate Voice

A speech translation application, iTranslate, which allows users to translate English to Japanese through voice recognition. This application works well for simple conversations, such as asking for directions.

Internet Connectivity: Internet connection required.

Food and Travel Guide


Guru Navi (Photo Credit: GuruNavi)

GuruNavi, a foodie's essential guide to dining in Japan. Featuring more than 80,000 restaurants, the application is the most comprehensive guide to Japan's dining scenes. With its simple interface and multiple search filters, it is easy to use. Search for your preferred restaurants by cuisine, cities or even within your vicinity with the GPS function. The application even includes English Menus (for certain restaurants), so you can order with ease. What's more, there are in-app discount coupons, which allows you to dine for less.

Internet Connectivity: Internet connection required.


Japan Travel Guide by Triposo (Photo Credit: Apple iTunes)

This application offers travellers the most complete and up-to-date guides for over 50 Japan cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and more. It includes city guides and walks, as well as featuring top sightseeing spots, hotels and restaurants. Plan your trip with Triposo and enjoy Japan with activities and sights recommended by other travellers. The application is also equipped with useful Japanese phrases.

Internet Connectivity: Works offline. Certain features such as the booking of hotels in Japan requires Internet connection.

Besides these recommended applications, Google Maps and Google Translate are also a great help in getting around in Japan or any foreign places. Just like some of the applications, Internet connection is necessary for Google Maps and Google Translate to function.

Connect on the Go with a Travel Wi-Fi Router!

Finding public Wi-Fi in Japan can be frustrating, especially when you are lost in a foreign land, and need to find your way.

If you are travelling to Japan from Singapore, consider reserving an Overseas Travel Wi-Fi from Changi Recommends whilst planning your trip. The pocket-sized router provides personal hotspot for convenient connectivity the moment you land in the airport.

Experience hassle-free internet access whenever and wherever you are with the Overseas Travel Wi-Fi. Plus, enjoy seamless connection in Japan at only S$8 a day, when you rent with the code ISLAND8. To find out more about the router, visit www.changiwifi.com

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