Saturday, May 19, 2012

More iPhone & iPad Apps About Tokyo, Japan, and Learning Japanese

Here are a number of apps that should provide some good information or be of use about Tokyo, Japan, or learning Japanese.  The selection below covers touring in Tokyo, Japanese phrasebooks, and Japanese food guides of a simple sort.  Please check to make sure an app is still free if I mention it was free at the time of writing if you purchase it. I can't guarantee the prices don't change.


My other app list pages:
    Tokyo Travel Guide (with Offline Maps) - mTrip (updated Feb 10, 2013)
    This travel guide looks like it has all of the essentials.  It combines it own sources and other internet sources into a nice package.  Offline maps is useful.  I like it better than Triposo.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tokyo-travel-guide-offline/id402530481

    Tokyo Signs
    This is a pretty nifty app about street signs and other signage you could encounter in Tokyo.  Would be a nice supplement to anyone wanting to practice their reading with authentic real world signage.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kanjispy-tokyo-street-signs/id450754669

    Tokyo Vivid Noise
    An interesting app that is all about placing you in an immersive sound environment at different locations within Tokyo.  Obviously not for everyone, but it is an interesting concept.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tokyo-vivid-noise-virtual/id362233810

    Tokyo Cool
    A pretty good little guide to some of the more popular Tokyo locations.  Not too expensive, but I would definitely supplement this with more guidebooks or other information.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tokyo-cool-city-guide/id323966795

    Tokyo Truisms
    This apps shows old Japanese proverbs and other quotations.  Fun for a bit.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id488365725

    JAPOW!
    Free.  A very snazzy intro to Japanese customs, manners, and idiosyncracies. I like it.
    http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/japow!/id458048665

    Ramen Walker
    Free. This is a guide in Japanese to delicious looking Ramen restaurants all over Japan.  Basically excerpts from a print magazine, but it is nicely linked and boy does it have awesome ramen photographs that you can browse through by ramen type and such.  Very pretty even if you don't read Japanese.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ramen-walker-app/id413256868

    Station QuizFree. Match the Station Name.  In Japanese.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/station-quiz/id425328656


    YamanoteLine (single word name)Free. Shows the Yamanote Line Signs.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yamanoteline/id405960974

    Handy Menu - Ramen
    Free. Practice your ramen ordering skills with this drill type game.  Pronounces and shows you pictures and Japanese text of the various menu items.  Will tabulate a bill at the end.  Aimed at young audiences, but fun.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/handy-menu-ramen/id431512126

    Handy Menu - Sushi
    Free. Practice your sushi ordering skills with this drill type game.  Pronounces and shows you pictures and Japanese text of the various menu items.  Will tabulate a bill at the end.  Aimed at young audiences, but fun.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/handy-menu-sushi/id420242284

    Sushi Culture
    Free.  This is an application all about sushi that is beautifully photographed.  Well worth the download.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sushiculture/id399551570

    Good Luck Trip
    Free. An electronic magazine.  Just a single issue, but it hits a number of the highlights in Tokyo and has good info inside.  Well worth a look.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodlucktriptokyo-2010-august/id398114101

    Human Japanese
    This comes as one of the more highly recommended learn Japanese apps based on what I can find on the web.  I bought the iPhone version and wish it had retina graphics.  There are two versions of this one for the pad and one for the phone.
    iPhone http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/lingolook-japan/id285210866
    iPad  http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/human-japanese-hd/id419031017

    Lingolook Japan
    A great little Japanese phrasebook and situational reference.  You can pick a category and phrase and have it print and speak the Japanese if you are in trouble.  Very nicely done and I quite like it.
    http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/lingolook-japan/id285210866

    Kotoba
    Free.  A Japanese dictionary with a ton of good reviews.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kotoba!-japanese-dictionary/id288499125

    Learn Japanese Phrasebook
    Free.  Nice place to start if you don't want to spend any cash.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learn-japanese-hd-phrasebook/id449091363

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