garmin maps for japan?

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  1. michael_k

    michael_k Adventurer

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    hi all. i'm going to japan for a couple of weeks early fall and was trying to find out if there were a set of maps suitable for use on a garmin quest. i did a little google action and found little bits. does anyone have any experience with this?

    thansk!
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  2. BurnieM

    BurnieM Nipple boy

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  3. walrond

    walrond Earth Wanderer

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    Great link! If I ever get assigned to Japan again I will definately look into this.

    Looks like version 2 will do auto-routing:

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  4. uberhada

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    Has anyone used this map?

    Looking at other options-
    There's also a free map that I have d/l but not installed yet: http://www011.upp.so-net.ne.jp/mametaro/kanto-e.html

    Someone mentioned there may be a non-English Garmin map also, are these usefull? How do they work?
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  5. uberhada

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    Turns out a travel companion had his own navigation system and knew his way around a bit, so I decided to try the free map from http://www011.upp.so-net.ne.jp/mametaro/index-e.html knowing that I would not have to rely on it.

    It looked like it would cover the areas I was going to be in, and it did.
    Alothough there were a few times when I was on smaller streets that were not on this map, and it did not have as much POI data as I would have liked, I cant complain. It is well done, free, and was certainly usefull.

    I loaded up as much additional POI data as I could export from Google Earth, and used it to supplement our navigation.

    If I had to rely heavily on the gps to get around there again, I would spend the money for the UUD map, or whatever else is comercially available.
    The address numbers there are not sequential, so POI data becomes very valuable.
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  6. OzRoundin'

    OzRoundin' Been here awhile

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    looks like there's someone else with their version of japan's map, seeing how I'm an idiot with GPS stuff maybe someone can decipher it and share.

    I'm looking for one(Japan map) myself. Seeing how I'm planning to round Oz in 2010, return home to Singapore for 6 months soon and going away to japan for 6 months(bit of backpacking and studying) next year I'm going to Invest in a Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx since there seem to be more reliable maps available of the abovementioned places. Anybody with any objections?

    Oh yea... the japan map link: http://www.pda4x.com/read.php?tid=65334&fpage=0&toread=&page=1 Hopefully someone can figure this one out... Cheers!:freaky
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  7. OzRoundin'

    OzRoundin' Been here awhile

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  8. hip2b2

    hip2b2 n00b

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    Can anyone help me with Japan maps (http://www011.upp.so-net.ne.jp/mametaro/kanto-e.html)? I seem to have a mental block as far as Garmin stufff is concerned and am getting nowhere.

    Also, wondering if these maps can be installed on an SD card?

    Many thanks in advance.

    hip
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  9. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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  10. hip2b2

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    Guy

    Thanks for your reply. My wife and I are "Nihonophiles" having for many years hosted Japanese students here in Montreal, visited Japan, and planning on re-visiting Japan in the near term.

    The Gaijinriders site is a real find :clap, many thanks for pointing me to it.

    I was hoping to go the cheap route with the maps, but failing that will probably bite the bullet for the UUD maps.

    Regards

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  11. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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    No problem, another good site is http://www.sbkjapan.com/forum/

    Post up on those two sites when you're in the country and you'll get plenty of offers to take you touring on the best roads... :thumb
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  12. Renegade_Azzy

    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    We used a combo of Navicomputer and maps ripped from Google Maps and a few other sources for foot traveling. Otherwise, you are pretty good to go with train maps and a question here or there.

    If you end up in Takayama, PM me, Ive got a great onsen to check out.
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