05/16: transit maps

Having apps like Google Maps and Apple Maps showing transit information is amazing. Just be sure to take their best routes results with a grain of salt.

When I run a search for routes using Apple Maps, Google Maps, and popular Japanese transit app Jorudan without messing with the settings the results are all over the map*:

Takenotsuka (Tokyo) >> Ota (Gunma)

  1. Google Maps: ¥2210, ¥2170, ¥2170
  2. Apple Maps: ¥1477, ¥1477, ¥1277
  3. Jorudan (eng/日本語): ¥1737, ¥967

Takenotsuka >> NishiMagome

  1. Google Maps: ¥570,¥570,¥760,¥610
  2. Apple Maps: ¥557, ¥773, ¥557, ¥557, ¥557
  3. Jorudan (eng/日本語): ¥570, ¥570, ¥780

Even when I run a search with Jorudan and compare the results between English and Japanese, the results vary too.

Takenotsuka >> NishiMagome

  1. English: ¥570, ¥570, ¥780
  2. Japanese: ¥557, ¥566, ¥769

It isn’t a crazy difference but the further you go, it adds up. I am finding that looking at the routes on Apple Maps to see where things are and then finding the cheapest fare with Jorudan is the deal.


* pun intended


05/10: arrival

I have never gotten through airport customs faster than today at Narita airport. Must have landed at a lucky time.

Checked into The Gate Hotel and then walked around Asakusa. 

We got ramen at つけ麺屋 利平 (Tsukemen Shop Rihei). It was a really solid bowl of shoyu ramen. It had thick ramen noodles and the shoyu broth was slightly creamy.

Went back to the hotel and hung out on the 14th floor terrace and had a couple drinks. The Terrace closed so we hung out in the room.