The most useful travel app in JAPAN


The most useful travel app in JAPAN
By: Nickson Garcia

Travelling within Japan rail systems can be considered by many as challenging. With a combined number of over 100 private and government operated rail systems, a visitor (and even locals) could generally be lost in transit when riding, arguably, the most complicated train system in the world.
I have been to Japan three (3) times and most recently, I have discovered the most useful cellphone application (app) to help someone navigate the easiest way within Japan rail system.

(But before anything else, this is not a sponsored write up but to help Japan visitors navigate its train rail system properly)

NAVITIME for Japan Travel was the cellphone app I used during my recent five (5) days visit in Japan comprising of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Using the app, I was able to check the departure time, stay on the right platform and ride the correct train to my destination. Here is how the app can be used: DOWNLOAD the app on your Android or Apple app store, REGISTER and START using the app.

EXAMPLE 1 (Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Tokyo)

1.  For example, you are travelling from NARITA AIRPORT TERMINAL 2 station to TOKYO station. You will just type on the Departure “NARITA AIRPORT TERMINAL 2” and on the Arrival “TOKYO“ then click on SEARCH. Different results will appear on how to get from Narita Terminal 2 airport to Tokyo.

You can also filter your search on DATE/TIME of departure, MODE of TRANSPORTATION and trains that uses Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass).

SEARCH BOX
2.   On the Result page, you may check on all the train options. For example, the route from Narita Airport Terminal 2 is thru NARITA EXPRESS and would cost around ¥1320 (no reserved seats), (¥1500 reserved seat), and ¥3240 (green car seats). It would depart at around 18:52 with a travel time of 57minutes and arrives at Tokyo by 19:49.
Search Results (Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Tokyo)
Option 1 of Results
Option 2 Results

Option 3 Results
3.   Clicking the “ ⋮ “ would expand and show the stopovers stations that the train would stopped. On the example at hand, traveling from Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Tokyo via Narita Express would have no stopover at any station and directly goes to Tokyo.

EXAMPLE 2 OPTION 1 (Tokyo to Akihabara via JR YAMANOTE LINE)

1.   Next example, you are travelling from TOKYO station to AKIHABARA station. You will just type on the Departure “Tokyo” and on the Arrival “Akihabara” then click on SEARCH. Different results will appear on how to get from Tokyo to Akihabara.
SEARCH BOX
2.    On the Result page, you may check on all the train options. For example, the route from Tokyo to Akihabara is thru JR YAMANOTE LINE going to Ueno, Ikebukuro and would cost around ¥140. It would depart at around 19:57 on Platform 4 with a travel time of 4minutes and arrives at Akihabara by 20:01.
Search Results (Tokyo to Akihabara)
Option 1 of Results
3.    Clicking the “ ⋮ “ would expand and show the stopovers stations that the train would stopped. On the example at hand, traveling from Tokyo to Akihabara stops at Kanda (Tokyo) station before reaching to Akihabara station.
Click the ⋮  to expand
EXAMPLE 2 OPTION 2 (Tokyo to Akihabara via JR KEIHINTOHOKU LINE-NEGISHI LINE)

1.   You may also chose another train options. The route from Tokyo to Akihabara can also be thru JR KEIHINTOHOKU LINE-NEGISHI LINE going to Minami-Urawa and would cost around ¥140. It would depart at around 19:57 on Platform 3 with a travel time of 5minutes and arrives at Akihabara by 20:02
Option 2 of Results
2.    Clicking the “ ⋮ “ would expand and show the stopovers stations that the train would stopped. On the example at hand, traveling from Tokyo to Akihabara stops at Kanda (Tokyo) station before reaching to Akihabara station.
Click the ⋮  to expand
The train rail system in Japan were very precised and delays usually occurs seldom and only during rush hour. But on my 3 times of being in Japan, most of the time the trains arrived as scheduled. Next time you travel to Japan, you may opt to download, I my opinion, the most helpful Japan cellphone travel application.


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