Akihabara, the subcultural center of Japan, is a paradise not only for fans of video games, anime, or gadgets, but also an attractive town for tourists in general.
In recent years, the layout of the streets and stores of Akihabara has changed a lot. Even someone pretty familiar with the electric town can get lost sometimes. Not to mention foreigners and travelers. Without a guide, it's nearly impossible for them to navigate through the city.
Now there is a convenient app to enjoy your time in Akihabara called Akihabara Ojaru de Kankou (秋葉原おじゃるde観光).
This app offers both picture and voice guidance on the interesting spots in Akihabara. Moreover, characters from a popular Japanese anime "Ojarumaru" will be your guide.
There are three modes in this app, "Sightseeing Course", "Recommended Spots" and "Ojaru Map", with which the app gives you a complete introduction to your favorite spots.
If you're visiting Akihabara for the first time, start from "Sightseeing Course". Tourist attractions are categorized under several sections such as "Electronics", "Railway", "Cosplay", "Anime", "Food" and so on. It is a great way get acquainted with the town, and you can start discovering your favorite spots from here.
Detailed information can be found by searching the map. There are more interesting spots for you to discover.
On "Ojaru Map", famous spots, products, and unique stores in Akihabara are marked as "Oja-navi" on the map. In addition to "Oja-navi", icons of "shaku" (spatula-shaped object in Ojarumaru's hand) are also shown on Google Map. Touch the recommended spots and information with pictures will be shown
This is not just a "kawaii"(cute) app, it's also a very useful city guide for your Android device. Furthermore, multiple languages are supported which is good news for foreign travelers.Without a doubt, your first visit to Akihabara will be an enjoyable one with this app. So Grab your Android phone, and take a visit to Akihabara with Ojarumaru!
Device used: EVO WiMAX(ISW11HT)
Publisher: Akihabara TMO,INC.
Last Updated: 4/8/2011
Translation by Peichao Yu