GPS maps of Japan for Android phone and tablet

It is not so easy to find a good application that will allow the use of offline GPS maps in Japan, especially since it can be hard to get access to any WiFi or telephone network when travelling and therefore make Google Maps inconvenient. From browsing the internet, I found the Maps with Me application that works on my Nexus 7 tablet. After installing the app (Maps with Me Pro) I zoomed over Japan as much as I could and it started downloading (Downloading Japan). After a while the map was completely saved so I explored a bit regions of Japan I am familiar with to see the level of detail. So far I am quite satisfied with the results. Once downloaded, those maps can be used without any internet connection.

I am looking forward to test the GPS features on the terrain since the Nexus 7 has a built-in GPS receiver but the Maps with Me Japan map should work with any Android or IOS device like the Iphone and Ipad with a built-in GPS receiver. I will write further about the features in the future as I get to now the app better.

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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

2 thoughts on “GPS maps of Japan for Android phone and tablet”

  1. Did you find the app useful? does the GPS work fine offline?
    I am going to japan for the first time soon and would like a good app to help me find everything

  2. Yes, I think the app is useful and works fine offline. Make sure you download the map of Japan and then you won’t need internet at all when using it. What is important is to check if you have a real GPS. Some phones/tablets use actually WiFi or cellular connection to identify where you are. Those won’t be available to you in Japan. Only real GPS using satellites will work.

    One good question is if the app will give you good directions… The database seems to have major attractions listed and therefore should do fine to guide you there. I don’t think you can search by address so it is not perfect. If you need more, then a WiFi hot-spot and Google map might be the solution…

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