If you just love missing your bus because you waited in the wrong place, overpaying for things because you can't remember the exchange rate, or wandering around for hours looking for a wi-fi spot in vain - stop reading now, because this one's not for you.
Today I'd like to share with you five super-useful apps to download before you travel to Japan!
Whatever you've got planned in Japan, these apps should get you well-prepared.
(Looking for language-learning apps? You should read my other post Five (and a Half) Apps to Get You Started Learning Japanese!)
The app is free for 30 days, which should be enough for most trips.
2) Norikae Annai
Norikae Annai is Japan's most-downloaded travel app. It's easier to navigate than Hyperdia, much more nicely designed and more user-friendly...so long you can read Japanese.
Norikae Annai: App Store | Google Play
3) Tokyo Metro
I LOVE the Tokyo Metro app, because as well as transfer information it also has a fully offline, pinch-and-zoom map of - you guessed it - Tokyo's metro system.
Good for getting to grips with (what often seems like) the world's most complex underground rail system!
Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists: App Store | Google Play
4) Japan Connected-Free Wi-Fi
Even if you don't want to be connected all the time, you'll probably want wifi at some point on your travels. Navitime is an app with an offline map showing free wifi spots, as is JapanTravel and its sister app Japan Connected-free Wi-fi.
5) XE Currency
Not Japan-specific, but definitely useful.
Until the exchange rate hits a nice easy number like 100 yen to the pound, you'll probably want a currency converter so you can figure out how far your spending money's going to go. And the XE converter works offline, too.