Getting Around in Japan if You Aren’t Good With Maps

By Donald Ash | Articles

Okay, I’ll be honest with you, I am AWFUL when it comes to maps and directions.  Finding out that Japan’s rail system is the most common mode of transportation in Japan, freaked me out a bit.  I went out with some of my coworkers after my first week of job training in Japan and found out just how “awful” I was.  I realized that I didn’t know anything about riding trains and I couldn’t read most of the maps because they were written in kanji.  My coworkers pretty much had to guide me around like a small child.  This helped me get from point A to point B, but I still didn’t know what was going on.  I was constantly asking which station do we have to go to next?  or How much train fare do we need? It was so embarrassing.  In the U.S., I seldom used public transportation…so I had no real experience to compare it to.  So how in God’s name was I supposed to get around in Japan without someone to help me?

I found the simple solution to this problem.  The easiest way to go about this if you’re “topographically-challenged (i.e.-can’t reap maps for sh*t)” like I am, is the Jorudan Route Finder service.  This is a free service that allows to enter any two destinations and gives several different route choices.  I use Jorudan to this very day.  Don’t get me wrong, when you have time, I think it’s a great idea to learn the basics of the train system Japan.  You’ll be much more effective at getting around.  But, that takes time, right?  So, while you’re learning, Jorudan is a quick and easy solution:


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Donald Ash is an Atlanta, Georgia-born, American expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last eleven years. While in that time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator of blog. Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.