The Best Apps for Japan Travel 

Whether you’re a first timer or a frequent traveller to the country, it’s always a bit overwhelming especially in big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka where you’re faced with endless number of neighbourhoods.

It’s a lot to take in but thanks to a couple of apps, your life on the road in Japan can be made a lot easier.

Google Maps

Google Maps is also surprisingly good when it comes to providing train navigation instructions with accurate timing.  I noticed locals use it too so it must be pretty reliable. is an offline map juggernaut and while I can’t say it’s a replacement for Google Maps, I use it to complement it in situations where I know there’s going to be blackout of data.


This is one of the essential apps when it comes to travel in Japan mainly because it is the Bible for all any train travel in the country.

Japan Travel by NAVITIME

NaviTime is a comprehensive app that has everything you need to know about not only Tokyo’s transportation network but also the rest of the country.

Tokyo Subway Navigation

If you’re only staying in Tokyo and need just a really simple app to replace the paper map for the Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines then this is it.

Norikae Annai Japan Transit

The original Jorudan app is packed with features but since there was never any English built in, they finally created a stand-alone app called Japan Transit Planner.

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