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Quick questions about public transportation in Japan

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Quick questions about public transportation in Japan

I have a couple of quick questions about the public transportation in Japan:

-is google maps with the public transit option usually reliable for Japan? If not, is there some other site that you could recommend for somebody who doesn't know any Japanese?

-are the stops for public transit (trains, subways, buses) labeled in Latin characters, or solely in Japanese? If it's the latter, are there any survival strategies that people have figured out?

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1. Re: Quick questions about public transportation in Japan

1) www.hyperdia.com

2) subway and trains yes, buses often in Japanese only. Have your destination written down in Japanese, large print, and ask fellow passengers / drivers / conductors

Edited: 23 May 2014, 21:54
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2. Re: Quick questions about public transportation in Japan

Google Maps for only within the city, if your city hoping then Hyperdia.

I made the mistake once to use Google Maps for getting back to Narita and I ended up on the slow train the whole way back, Its improved now but I still double check on long train rides with Hyperdia to see if a long ride can become shorter.

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