Tokyo's busiest train stations have a new, free, English-compatible navigation app

posted on February 18, 2016

Let your smartphone take the guesswork out of finding your way around Shinjuku and Tokyo Stations.

Tokyo's efficient rail system makes getting from one part of the city to another a snap. What's not always so easy, though, is getting around the stations themselves.

Shinjuku Station, located on the west side of downtown, can be particularly intimidating for the uninitiated. It's not just the busiest station in the city, but the entire world, with 3.6 million passengers making their way through the train and subway hub every day. Of those, roughly 750,000 are using East Japan Railways' trains, so the company has released a new smartphone app to help them navigate the JR portion of Shinjuku Station.

The app is actually an updated version of a similar one released last year for Tokyo Station. The new edition can be used in either Shinjuku or Tokyo Stations, and can be configured for either English or Japanese menus and displays.

By utilizing positioning beacons placed throughout the station, the app can give users their approximate location within the structure.

source by rocketnews24
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