3 Must Have Apps When Travelling in Japan

Japan government will soon lift visa requirement for Filipino tourist in Japan by June 2014. So if you’re planning to go, here are some useful apps that really help me to wander around Japan and see the most beautiful gardens, temples, architecture, museum, taste their delightful ramen, katsu, cutlet, deserts, and experience the goodness and disciplined people, efficient process and technologies, rich culture, extensive train and bus system and a lot more.

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Osaka and Tokyo Rail Map
Japan has a wide extensive train network, its the fastest and easiest way to travel. They have trains and bullet trains. Though transportation around Japan is not cheap, if you’re tourist they offer good deals of transport passes. Though, i find hyperdia.com more useful than these app. This app is free, you need internet connection to use this app. Though they have offline version that cost $4.99

Pocket Lingo and Learn Japanese
Japan is not an english speaking country. You will only encounter very few locals who can speak basic eigo (english). So its important that you at least know the basic for general conversation, transportation, direction, accomodation, restaurants and of course shopping! These app, contains all these basic words, written and spoken and its free.

Japan Guide with me and Triposo Japan
These offline apps are free. It contains all the information you need in every city in Japan. Jgwm and triposo, suggests what to see, where to stay, how to get in, how to get around, where to travel next, etc. This is my favorite Japan travel app, since i don’t have internet connection i always check from here where to go next those times I’m lost. You can also check out http://www.japan-guide.com i planned my itinerary from this site.

Download these apps from iTunes for free.

40 Things I Saw in Japan That I Wish I Can Bring in Philippines

I was prettty impressed of efficiency and practicality of Japanese. Maybe this is what I really wanted to see, that’s why I really dreamed of going to Japan (than US, Europe). What makes the diffrence are advanced technology, efficient process and … Continue reading

10 (11) Days of Japan

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Day 1: 10 Days Japan Solo Chic Travel Starts Now
• Manila-Kansai
• Check-in: Hotel Chuo, Dobutsuenmae, Tenojji, Osaka

Day 2: Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom at Osaka
• Osaka Castle Park (Cherry Blossoms Spot)
• Osaka Castle Museum
• Osaka Mint Bureau for Hanami – Cherry Blossoms Viewing
• Kema Sakura-nomiya Park (Cherry Blossoms Spot)
• Umeda Sky Building
• Osaka Station (largest station in Osaka, get around for dining, shopping)
• Bike around Tenojji (scouting place for dinner)

Day 3: Easy Sunday Morning at Nara and Colorful Night at Namba
Walk-around Nara
o Nara Park (features hundreds of freely roaming deer)
o Kofukuji Temple
o Yoshuiken Garden
o Isuien Garden
o Todaiji Temple
o Sanjusangendo Hall
o Ninna-ji Temple
Check-in: Hotel Mikado, Dobutsuenmae, Tenojji, Osaka
Walk around Namba (lively city for food, shopping, and more)
o Dotonbori
o Shinshaibashi
o Minami (Namba)
o Namba Grand Kagetsu

Day 4: Sayonara Osaka, Konichiwa Kyoto
Bike around Tenojji, (recommended to bike at night, maraming happenings)
o Tenojji Tower
o Tenojji Zoo
o Osaka Shinekai
Travel from  Osaka –Kyoto
Check-in: Santiago Guesthouse (Go around Kyoto by bus instead of trains)
• Kiyomizudera  Temple
•  Higashiyama District

Day 5: Kyoto Temple Run
o Philosophers path
o Ginkakuji Temple
o  Nanzenji
Northern Kyoto
o Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion
o Ninnaji Temple
Southern Kyoto
o  Fushimi Inari Shrine
o  Gion District

*Temples are accessible by Kyoto 1 day unlimited bus pass, cost JPY500 except for Fushimi Inari Shrine, access this place by bus to Kyoto Station, and ride a JR train to Fushimi Inari Station

Day 6: Oh My Tokyo Dream
Travel from Kyoto to Tokyo via Shinkansen (First Bullet Train ride, bucket list check)
Check-in: Business Hotel Fukusen
• Odawara
o Odawara Castle Park
• Shinagawa
• Tokyo viewing at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku, (free)
• Tokyo Station

Day 7: Hide and Seek with Mt. Fuji
• Gotemba, see Mt. Fuji from this area (not recommended because of 2.5 hrs travel)
o Gotemba Outlet Store (bought Coach bag for 48% discount)
• Akihabara
• Ueno

Day 8: Yes, yes, Tokyo
Odaiba
o Gundam Statue
o Fuji TV Building
o Divers City
o Venus Fort
o Toyota Car Museum
Shibuya, Join thousands of people cross at Shibuya Crossing, watched Tokyo Scramble Art and 2nd level of Starbucks Shibuya
• Harajuku & Omote Sando
Travel from Tokyo to Yokohama

Day 9: Girl Time at Yokohama

  • Motomachi
  • Yamashita Park
  • Red Bricks/World Porters
  • Cup Noodles Museum
  • Minato Mirai
  • Yokohama Stadium for Tulips in full bloom
  • Kannai, shopping

Day 10: Awesome Japan because of an Awesome God
• Attend Easter Sunrise Service Yokohama Grace Bible Church, Yokohama
• Lunch at Yokohama
• Travel from Yokohama to Kansai Airport
😦 Sad, I missed my 840 flight back to the Philippines, so I slept at Kansai Airport

Day 11: What is adventure without great misadventure?
• Walk-around Kansai airport early morning
• I miss home, yes, finally, I’m coming home from Kansai to Manila

I thank God for being with me for 11 days. Everywhere I go, God’s presence is with me. That’s His promise for me in Joshua 1:9. Yes, everything I saw in Japan is beautiful. My first solo travel experience is captivating. I’m glad I made it solo in Japan!

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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