MUST HAVE TRAVEL APPS FOR YOUR JAPAN TRIP IN 2018! | LIFE IN JAPAN | The Tao of David

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hello everyone and welcome back to her Ashima here in Japan and welcome back to my two parts mini-series all-out must-have travel apps or more specifically apps that have pretty much saved my life over the last year or so this video includes seven travel apps which are specific to Japan so if you are coming to Japan for the first time and they're slightly apprehensive about getting around about getting the train about buying food and understanding the language this video may be especially useful for you so let's get going with seven must-have travel apps in Japan okay the first app is hyper do you may have heard of this one it is an absolutely brilliant train app which gives you train times and also train costs in terms of which type of seat you want to get I'll explain more about that in a second if you've got a Japan Rail Pass or one of the many other Japan Rail passes that you can get in Japan it's especially useful if you're looking for time it's quite simply but if you haven't got a Japan Rail Pass like me I never get one because generally the trips I do are quite long and it just wouldn't be financially viable for me to get one it's great to use in terms of train costs so when you look on this app and I'll show you next to my head there you can select in the drop down boxes which type of seat you want whether you want green seat reserved or unreserved if you don't know what these are green seat is basically first-class reserved means that you have a reserved seat you'll guarantee the seat and unreserved means that 99% of the time you still will get a seat but on the off-chance of the train is full you may have to stand this has never happened to me so it may not happen to you one thing to know about hibernia is that many people will tell you that it's only used for Shinkansen times the bullet train but this is not the case because it does show local lines as well and I know this from personal experience from when I've got a train from Tokyo to Fuji which involved me having to get a local train and that was on there also all in all I per do is brilliant you cannot come to Japan without dial-up downloading this app ok the next one is specific to Tokyo let's face it you're more than likely going to come to Tokyo when you are in Japan and the Tokyo subway is potentially one of them terrific things you could ever experience at least that's what I thought before I came to Japan for the first time I loved the Tokyo subway it is so simple people will say it's complicated I didn't find it was complicated at all I found it was very simple and one thing that really helped me out was this Tokyo subway at the great thing about it is that it works offline so if you are completely lost on the Tokyo subway which I was quite a few times you can use this app to get around it's so simple it's just brilliant there's nothing much more I can say about this except I use this app every single time I've got the Tokyo subway it is a godsend the next app is pretty much a collection of maps its metro maps this one so metro maps are available for pretty much every major japanese city tokyo osaka kyoto kobe and this is different from the Tokyo subway one I just mentioned in the it's simply just the map of the subway but it's very easy to read very simple many stations in Japan or let it so might be M not be the M line and it will have a 8 or mo8 that is the station and it's very easy to read so metro maps is an absolute godsend again make sure you download this one if you'll come to Japan well I've had to stretch my legs out so I'm trying to get pins and needles now as well as the Sun being in my face so I hope you appreciate me doing this video anyway the next two apps are about food Japanese food probably something which wasn't my favourite thing in the world when I came to Japan the first time but I must admit it is growing on me okonomiyaki is literally the best thing on the planet you have to have that when you in Japan so these two maps are food dictionaries and there's a subtle difference between the two of them so the first one is pretty much good in terms of if you go into a restaurant for example a sushi restaurant or a ramen restaurant it divides the dishes up into categories in terms of what potentially you can find in that restaurant the second one I prefer I must admit this one so what it does it has the dish in kanji it has it in English as well but it also tells you what sort of dish that is so if it's if you're in family more and you go to buy curry pan which is like the croquette thing with the curry inside it in English has it in Japanese and it also tells you what it is so it'll be like croquette with the curry filling for example so you can kind of get an idea of what you're actually buying so when yeah these two are very useful I have used them quite a lot because you know my Japanese isn't that good ok the next one is about learning Japanese now there are loads of learning japanese apps but this one especially i found was really useful is simply called learn japanese simple and it is so extensive in terms of the different phrases you've got numbers letters hello goodbye all those sorts of things and you can kind of use it to learn a different phrase everyday if that's what you want to do if you're in japan or a longer period and one thing that this app does that's it's useful but it's also slightly annoying I'll be honest it you get a notification on your phone every day sometimes you know up to three notifications and it will tell you a phrase or word to learn that day but I find that the words it send me are things like trumpet avocado hammer I had butcher the other day as well you know realistically I'm not going to need to know hammer trumpet or lawnmower or whatever I've just said but you know it's you thought so I kind of use it to learn a different phrase every day I've I've learned how to count from one to ten different ways of saying thank you that sort of stuff and I will do a video about this in future but in terms of fitting in in Japan and making sure you feel comfortable as well it's really important that you at least make an effort to know the basics konnichiwa ohayo-gozaimasu that sort of thing just so that you can fit in a lot easier and in terms of the locals that I think they'll respect you a lot more if you've made an effort to at least learn the basics and the last app is all about bus travel in Japan no matter what anyone says do not believe them when they say travel in Japan is expensive because there are ways of getting around for cheaper you can check out a video up there on Japan bus travel and there's another one down in the description below which gives a few more details about it this app is probably the only one I can find that either works or is relatively useful in terms of finding bus times and the cost of buses the only thing I would say with it though is that the costs tend to be a lot higher than what you can actually get it for so use it in terms of getting the times but in terms of actually purchasing the ticket don't take any notice of the prices on this app just go to the bus station or there are various websites that you can also access which are in the description below which I use quite often to put buses so highway bus is will it Express etc there's loads of them awesome so those are my seven must-haves Japan travel apps if you've been to Japan yourself and you have used apps that you found useful that I haven't covered in this video then please talk about them in the comments below to help out the other viewers that's this video done you can check out the video on general must-have travel apps up above you can check out my social media also in the description below Facebook Instagram and if you would like to support me in what I'm doing you can go to my patreon page also thank you for watching and I'll catch you later you


24 Comments

Tao of David · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

What are your must have Travel apps for Japan? Let everyone know in the comments below!

Fernando Fabian · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

I cannot find the food app can anyone help?

S Hinds · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Thank you for this! Good video.

John Armytage · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

I couldn't find your recommended – Japanese Food Dictionary.. Could you please give us a link if possible… Thankyou JA

Jessica L · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

can you please help me? are all castles in japan remodeled to be museums? I'm trying to find one that is not!! do you know if any are in original castle conditions inside please? thanks so much!

Rachel's Next Adventure · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

We go back in two weeks and I think this is the most helpful Japan travel app video i've ever seen ^_^ thanks for posting πŸ˜€

shamsol azman · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Cant find on iphone 6 hyperdia and metromaps. Coming to japan soon

Kookie Jeon · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

I always use hyperdia whenever I visit Japan. Very useful indeed

rob ord · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

i cant seem to find hyperdia and metromaps (entire japan) on android. are these only on ios? all these apps would really help. thanks for this video

Amy Moncure · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Hyperdia saved me! Thank you for sharing!!!

Thejonicashow · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Can all of these work offline?

LordArioh · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

All I used was a Google maps buffered on my touchpad and GPS that was showing my current location within 5 meters, so I can keep the right direction, all completely offline. No apps, no wi-fi. But I speak the language and know map of Japan very well.

Leo Iwasaki Official Channel · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

I need to show this video to my gaijin friends! Very helpful.

Tereza Vanura · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

I am saving this video (along all your JAP videos) for my future travels. SUPER HELPFUL! Thanks for the afford! πŸ™‚

sam&tin's adventures · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Cool video and great tips for which apps to get! We subscribed and loved watching your video πŸ™‚ Please feel free to check out our channel if you like πŸ™‚

PETER LOWE · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

You are welcome David ! Keep up the very good and informative work ! Pete.

An Sa · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Hyperdia is my absolute must for Japan! Makes travelling around a lot easier. Will you be uploading a New Years Eve/New Years in Japan video?

Axel Rosenvinge · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Very helpful video David ! I definitely need to get Hyperdia. Have a nice day πŸ™‚

Mae Alba · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the information, it will be very useful for our next trip to Japan.

andy stubbs · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

hi david yep got a couple of these Learn Japanese and Metro Maps I,ll get thanks for the info,,will come in handy for my next japan trip in april

PETER LOWE · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Very helpful for my forthcoming trip to Osaka / Tokyo in March David – especially the food ones. Got Hyperdia and one called Navitime Japan Travel – those 2 overlap a bit in content but do also have a lot of different useful features (as you are probably aware). Good stuff…

Gemma Green · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Thanks for all this info! The food dictionary apps and the metro apps will make my trip so much easier πŸ™‚

Mic · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Second πŸ˜€

Hidhir Amir · July 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

Yes first 😁

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