In this article we will pass on an important tip that will help you find your destination in Japan, regardless of wherever you are using a tool that everyone has access called Google Maps.
Better yet, this trick will allow you to create a complete travel itinerary. To perform this trick you need a mobile electronic device (smartphone or tablet) and a wifi connection.
Cool! How do I use this trick then? ” Maybe you say that, with a big smile on your face, admired by my skills as a tech magician.
How to use Google Maps to search for your destination?
To use Google Maps, it's very simple. First write a place you want to visit, then you put it where the starting point will be, then the options will appear: car, public transport and on foot. When plotting the route, using the public transport option you will be able to choose the day and time the trip will start.
When you do, Google Maps will tell you exactly which stops to get off and what means you need to use. Generally, he always chooses the most expensive and fastest means of transport, which is why it is recommended that you have the “JR Rail Pass”. That way you can be carefree.
The benefits of Google Maps for mapping your destination in Japan are numerous. Stopping to think a little about how Google Maps helped with my travels in Japan I can list:
- Time spent from one place to another;
- How many trains should I take;
- What are the train schedules for each line and station;
- Helps to avoid congestion and mountain paths;
- Helps to find restaurants and places I want to visit;
- Alert about closed places and opening hours;
- Displays information about tourist places, photos and reviews;
- Helps to find hotels, onsens, convenience stores and others;
Google Maps is a complete and mandatory application that everyone should have and learn to use. to make learning easier, let's do a practical demonstration of using the app (or trick, as I like to call it).
Using the Google Maps app
First, suppose you are calm and serene, lying in your room, suddenly you want to go to a very nice neighborhood called Asakusa that is in Tokyo, you read about this neighborhood on a website called “suki desu” and it says that this neighborhood is very good.
To find out which way to go, you don't have to wait to get to Japan to see how you get there, just open Google Maps and type "Tokyo Station" first.
Since the neighborhood is in Tokyo, it is good to place the station as a starting point, but you can use a hotel address as a starting point, if you already know where you will be staying.
Just write where I put the arrow:
First you click on the two arrows indicated by the arrow on the right, then click on where you want to go, leaving Tokyo station, to Asakusa, then just write the name where it is being indicated by the left arrow.
Then you click on the train, which represents public transport and then just click on "Exit ace" which is being pointed by the left arrow if you want to see the times of the day when you want to do the tour.
Then just choose the option that most appeals to you, in this case I chose the bus because it has fewer transfers. As my cousin would say, “it's potatoes!”
And this trick is for any city in Japan or the world you want to visit. There are numerous other options and information about Google Maps that can help you plot your trip to Japan, but unfortunately we can't talk about everything about Google Maps if you don't get tired of reading.
Problems searching for paths on google maps
Google Maps, like every human being, is imperfect and has defects. For example, always prioritize the most expensive option, which involves riding a bullet train on a beast! You can easily resolve this by going to the settings and checking the cheapest route option.
But when it comes to trips to unknown places it always helps us to find ourselves, and that's what we look for in an app and in a friend, someone who never lets us down!
But there is a problem, how to access Google Maps and your 4g internet agreement from “Oi” only works in Brazil? How to access Google Maps if my neighbor does not release Wifi? And then how to lose 20 kilos in 10 days?
Luckily you can get free WiFi in Japan with ease. An internet chip is also a must on your trip to Japan.
The answers to these questions are found in Suki Desu! I hope you enjoyed the article and share it with friends. I hope you now understand that there is no better option to get around Japan than Google Maps! If so, leave it in the comments!
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