Navigating Japan

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Asia & the Pacific Rim' started by Wire Fox, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. Wire Fox

    Wire Fox Road Pancake

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    I'll be doing some riding around Japan, and I'm a terrible person for not knowing the language when I go to visit there.

    Does anyone know of a good GPS, map file, or phone app that will accurately navigate me through Japan with English instruction? Ideally I'd love this solution to be useful later on for navigating unfamiliar territory here in the U.S., but that's not necessary.

    Edit: Might be important. All my riding will be around the the Fukuoka area. This will basically be the part of our trip where we get to explore Japan and just see what the country really looks like outside of the cities and tourist areas.
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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    i would use whichever app i was most comfortable with over here, after making sure that maps of that area were available. i have no idea how addresses work over there, so doing a few 'how do i get to bang kow?" practice runs with those maps would be a good idea.

    faking your gps location (use app "fake gps location" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lexa.fakegps&hl=en ) and making sure the routing / track following would actually work over there would be a good idea also.

    i'm sure the adv collective has seen the area through tons of different standalones, maps, and apps... so getting solid first-user info is coming any second... :)
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  3. Wire Fox

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    Hey, thanks for the info on faking GPS coords. That's actually a really brilliant idea on how to do test runs of the route. Once the app gives me the route, I can just follow with Google Streetview and make sure the routes aren't throwing me face-first into a wall of traffic.

    Now, I still would love some first-hand input, but that's definitely an awesome start.
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  4. Mikezilla

    Mikezilla Big in Japan

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    I know this is old but just for future reference of anyone looking to ride here. I just got the 2016 Japan english map file for my Japanese garmin's. Google maps works on the phone, but if you get out of the city and into the twisties your phone most likely will not work. I prefer my 550 or 660 over my phone any day I am away from the city. Lot's of open source maps on line as well.
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  5. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    I uses a combination of Locus+, OsmAnd pro, and Google maps to manage navi. Addresses vary city to city, prefecture to prefecture. Street names are basically non-existent beyond National Highway routes....and oh by the way there may no be signs at important intersections, like at all in English or Japanese.

    It can get erm ..interesting

    That being said the riding here is amazing, like really really amazing, moreso once you get used to the local tweeks.
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