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New app for tourists in Japan goes live


The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has launched the Japan Official Travel App, its tourism app for iOS and Android devices. It can be downloaded here.

The app is aimed at international tourists traveling to Japan and offers information on tourism destinations nationwide, including rural areas, transport information and essential information, in multiple languages in the event of an emergency or disaster. It acts as a comprehensive tourism portal offering everything a visitor to Japan may need in one place. Drawing on both JNTO and Japan Tourism Agency's tourism information, as well as in collaboration with the various services offered by private-sector firms, the app is designed to improve the overall travel experience in Japan.

JNTO plans to partner with other service providers and add content to the app in order to make travel in Japan a fun, stress-free experience for people everywhere.

  1. Application features
  • Features regular tourism articles, with content covering all areas of Japan, authored by resident writers in their native languages -- English, Korean, Chinese (traditional and simplified)

  • Route guidance and navigation

  • Spot search based on current location

  • Providing emergency awareness information in the event of a disaster

  • Showcasing other useful apps for international tourists operated by private companies
  1. Languages
  • Offered in English, Korean and Chinese (traditional and simplified)
  1. Download URLs (free to download and use)

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/japan-official-travel-app/id1230367186?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.go.jnto.jota

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Useless unless Japan opens up its cell market so a foreigner can just easily switch to a Japanese company's sim card. Way too expensive to rent a cell phone in Japan. Fortunately, we use T-Mobile, so get free data all over the world, even Japan now! Calls are $.20 per minute, so doable.

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I guess I'm the only tourist who visits Japan without a cell phone, and couldn't care less.

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What is it called? Yokozo Japan!

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