We all know the humorously accurate catchphrase “there’s an app for that” that began circulating once everyone seemed to own a smartphone. Technology has advanced to such a degree that no matter what our needs, we can easily solve any problem by pressing the touch-screen on our phones. But what about when we’re traveling and don’t have constant internet access?
If you haven’t rented or purchased some expensive wi-fi for your trip, you may be out of luck whenever you distance yourself from your hotel. With the influx of tourists expected before and during the 2020 Olympics, Japan has now come up with a solution for all of your travel needs and the best part is – it’s free! Check out some of the coolest features of the Tabimori app!
This amazing app has been created to help visitors who travel to Japan for the first time or those who need some extra trips for getting around and using the language. Tabimori is available in English, simplified and traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It also has a long list of features, including those which can be accessed offline for when you aren’t in a wi-fi hotspot and still need some help!
No one enjoys feeling like a fish out of water, and sometimes, even when you’ve studied the cultural basics, it’s easy to slip up on your first visit to another country. The Life and Culture feature of the Tabimori app offers explanations of word meanings, as well as the rules and appropriate conduct for different social situations. This section also has plenty of photographs to guide you, especially when it comes to food! There is also a phrasebook on the app to help you with your day-to-day tasks. A great thing about both of these features is that they can be accessed offline! An online speech translation feature is also an exciting (and even somewhat futuristic) option for when you have a wi-fi connection.
Depending on what country you’re from, you may or may not be used to a train system. Even if you are accustomed to public transport, some of the railways in Japan can be a bit tricky, especially in Tokyo when you’re trying to make a transfer. This feature will tell you your fare, how many connections you will have from place to place and the time spent traveling. All you need to do is input the stations of departure and arrival. This feature is also accessible offline so that you don’t need to worry about being stranded! There is also an airport information feature that will give you flight information from major airports. (This must be accessed online).
Hopefully, you won’t have to face any real trouble on your travels. However, in the event of an emergency, Tabimori can help. There is a full emergency manual that is accessible offline which includes guides to evacuation if an earthquake should occur, as well as a guide to other apps that will be useful during an emergency. Tabimori also provides a list of embassies (offline access) should you have a problem or emergency during your stay.
Some other exciting features include a free wi-fi guide, Japan news (from NHK world), a QR code reader, currency converter and plenty of other interesting guides. With the help of this app, your chances of running into traveler troubles will definitely decrease! So if you’re coming to Japan, download it for free on the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android and have a wonderful trip!