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12 apps you need for your trip to Japan


When planning a trip to Japan there is a lot to think about. 

These apps below massively helped navigate my time in Japan and make travelling in Japan effortless.

See below list of 12 apps you will need for your trip to Japan.

Don't forget to download those before your trip:


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🗺️Google maps

It may be an obvious choice, however even Japanese use this app to search how to travel around. Download maps of places you are going to offline, just in case.

I think we all have Google maps in our phones, but just in case.

🍣 GuruNavi

The must have app for all foodies, think about it as more authentic version of Tripadvisor, with all info one may need.


🚇Suica Card on mobile

This is technically not app, but you will need it to use public transport in bigger cities and if you only get a physical card you can only top it up in cash. Currently it has been reported that it only works on Iphones.

Here is the tutorial on how to do it:

🈹 Google Translate

Unless you speak and read Japanese you will encounter language barriers during your time in Japan. Many places do not offer menus in English. Camera mode to translate written things is the most useful thing.

📱 Travel Japan Wifi

Finding and connecting to free wifi can be quite difficult in japan, this app makes it very easy.

Get the app here:


🚖 Uber

It does work in Japan, i tested, trust me you don’t want to use it in Tokyo, but it was pretty useful in Kyoto. There are also other apps, but Uber worked the best for me.

🌿 Happy Cow

Navigating Japanese food can be tricky especially if you are vegetarian or vegan as many foods have those hidden ingredients. This app located veg restaurants near you.

⚠️ Yurekuru App

The most popular and accurate app for earthquake warnings, let's hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst.

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🍶 Sakefan world

This one is for Sake fans like me, it helps you keep the track of which sake you drunk by scanning the label.

🗺️ NaviTime

This app helps you navigate the transport system, but also it offers a great guide with the option to create your own itinerary.

🛅 Ecbo App

For easy luggage storing solution near you.

Get the app here:

🍣 Halal Japan / Halal Gourmet

The must have app for all halal foodies, to identify which food and place is Halal friendly.

Let me know in the comments, if there is any other app that I forgot.


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