STEP 5-2. Useful apps for living in Japan

Welcome to all foreigners living in Japan.

Here, we have some suggestions on useful apps and websites to help you with your life in Japan.

Go ahead and download the ones that might be useful for you!


VoiceTra:Multilingual Speech Translation App


App Store

Google Play

This app automatically assigns Furigana to the text you have entered or copied.

You can switch the input text to “Kanji only”, “Hiragana only”, or “with Furigana”, and you can also change the text orientation to horizontal or vertical.

Omotenashi Guide

Omotenashi Guide


This app translates announcements by simply playing them on your smartphone.

The area where this service can be used is expanding all over Japan.

The app also supports emergency broadcasts in the event of a disaster within the area, so you can get information quickly in case of an emergency.



YUBISASHI あなたと一緒に旅するアプリ
あなたと一緒に旅するアプリ『YUBISASHI』自由な旅に無料なアプリで 【22ヵ国語・10,000以上の旅行会話フレーズが無料で使える】

The app provides images that are associated with certain phrases. If you tap on the image of the message you want to convey, the app will provide audio output in the language of your choice. It is available in 22 languages.


Japan Connected free Wi-Fi

Japan Wi-Fi auto-connect | Automatic Connection App For Free Wi-Fi (

Japan Wi-Fi auto-connect
Automatic Connection App For Free Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi access can be an issue in Japan compared to other countries. But you can search for free Wi-Fi using this app.

It is free to use and is available in 16 languages.


Disaster Prevention

Safety tips

Safety tips(English) | RC Solution Co (

Safety tips (English) | RC Solution Co / アールシーソリューション株式会社
"Safety tips" notifies a user with disaster information in Japan. This is a free app developed under the supervision of the Japan Tourism Agency. This applicati...

This app notifies users of Earthquake Early Warning, Tsunami Warning, Volcanic Warnings, Weather Warnings, Heat illness Warnings and Civil Protection Information issued in Japan.

It is developed under the supervision of Japan Tourism Agency.

The app is available in 15 languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Tagalog, Nepali, Khmer, Burmese, and Mongolian.

Health Care

Multilingual Medical Questionnaire(Website)

Multilingual Medical Questionnaire


It is designed for foreigners who cannot speak Japanese to communicate their symptoms in their language to doctors and other healthcare professionals when they are ill or injured.

Tourist Information

Good Luck Trip Japan (Website)


Konnichiwa! Welcome to Good Luck Trip. We offer complete guidance to those interested in exploring the island of japan and cultivating its many unique cultures....

This website provides useful information regarding tourist attractions, food and solutions to problems you may encounter while traveling.

The website is easy to understand with photos, and pages are linked to Google Maps, so there is no need to search for the directions separately.

DiG JAPAN!(Website)

DiGJAPAN! The Japan Travel Site You’ve Been Waiting For!

DiGJAPAN! The Japan Travel Site You've Been Waiting For!
Whether it's your first time to Japan or your fiftieth, DiGJAPAN! has what you need to make your trip one to remember.

This app is for foreign visitors to search for tourist attractions and restaurants throughout Japan.

You can look up directions and information about sights even when you are not connected to Internet.

Japan Official Travel App

Japan Official Travel App

Japan Official Travel App | Travel Japan | JNTO
Japan Official Travel App” is the official smartphone app provided by JNTO, delivering up-to-date information about traveling in Japan for a safe and comfortabl...

This app covers tourist attractions, restaurants, duty free shops, and Wi-Fi spots.

The information is provided by non-Japanese writers in English, Korean, Chinese, and other languages. Therefore, you can get various information in the view of non-Japanese.


Japan Transit Planner

Japan Transit Planner

Route Search - Japan Transit Planner | Norikae Annai
You can use English to search for the nation's railways, aircraft routes (train time, fares, time required) as well as to understand the detail information such...

App Store

Google Play

The app provides you with route options if you enter your departing station, destination, and time of your travel.

In addition to travel time and fares, platform and train numbers are also displayed in case transfers are required, which can become very handy.

Japan Travel


Halal Gourmet Japan

Halal Gourmet Japan – Restaurants for Muslim & Vegetarian

Halal Gourmet Japan - Restaurants for Muslim & Vegetarian
Japan's No. 1 gourmet guide for Muslims. Find Ramen, Sushi, Japanese, Indian, Turkish, and Indonesian restaurants where Muslim can also enjoy eating.

This app becomes extremely useful if you need to search for Halal food in Japan.

It is difficult to find a Muslim restaurant in Japan because there are not many and they are not usually listed in gourmet information magazines.



Rakuten GURUNAVI - Japan's Largest Gourmet & Restaurant Guide
Rakuten GURUNAVI is Japan's leading gourmet & restaurant guide. Quickly search for restaurants by a variety of criteria, such as cuisine, location, nearest stat...

You can search for restaurants near your current location or a tourist attraction. You can screen for cuisine types and facilities., etc.

Some restaurants provide translated menus on this website so you can check them out.


The information contained in this article is based on the information available as of August 31, 2023.