So, you have your iPhone and wished you could use the included Google Maps to find an address?
Not only will you have to master japanese writing, but the address system in Japan is quite the nightmare.
From the moment I’ve arrived in Japan, I started using Diddlefinger. This is a godsend for people still learning the language !
Their website offers multiple ways of looking for a Japanese address, the English Address Search being the most useful in my eyes. With this website, you can not only remember points but export them in Google Maps.
As the iPhone was launched, Diddlefinger got even better. There is now a dedicated iPhone page that allows address lookups on the move. The best part being that you can actually map the location on the iPhone Google Maps.
You can search by prefecture (-ku, -ken,…), by area, by -chome, etc.
No more trouble looking after a restaurant. Just find the address, map it and activate your GPS to see where to go (especially after exiting the subway… if you know what I mean). Sadly, iPhone maps limitations means you cannot use the directions yet.
If you live in Japan, iphone.diddlefinger.com should be linked on your iPhone homescreen.