Navigating Japan: let's make it simple!

Getting around in Japan can initially be very confounding especially when you see signs everywhere in written in Kanji. But not all is lost.

Actually once you get into the swing of things, you will find getting lost can be difficult, which takes a lot of the fun and excitement out of the picture.

All you need are a few tools and you are ready to go.
NOTE: The information I am giving you is based on the premise that you are using an Android smartphone. I assume that the information and apps are equally appropriate for the those using Apple products.

I recommend using the NaviTime Japan Travel app while in Japan. The link to install it is below. After you install it, it would be nice to be able to use it, right? Well, if you are in Japan, you can begin to do so immediately, but if you are still abroad you can't as you are outside of the area of Japan. However, if you fake your location, you will be able to "go" to different places in Japan and  see the same information as if you were actually there.
So do this you need two apps to get started. They are:
Fake GPS
Here's the link for it.

naviTime JapanTravel
NaviTime Japan Travel
Here's the link for it.

Both sites provide in-depth information on how to use them, so I will provide only the basics so that you can get started immediately.

  1. Open Fake GPS on your smartphone and move the map to where you want to be in Japan. You may want to start out at the airport you will be landing at. Click on the little green arrow in the lower-right and you are now virtually in Japan at that location.
  2. Now open your Japan Travel app, select [Map] from the hamburger in the upper-left corner, and you will find that you are at the location you selected above. You can now travel from this point throughout Japan finding hotels, restaurants, activities, travel routes, time required for travel, travel costs, as well as a million other things.
And that's it. You can now travel through Japan virtually, get accurate time schedules, find the cost of travel, routes to take and so on.

If you run out of ideas, take a look at Japantouring.com for some places and activities that I enjoy whenever I am in Japan.
Old Tales: Creation of Izu
Izu-no-Chohachi Museum

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