Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Maps.Me, Google Maps, and Tokyo Stroll locations:
This page explains using Maps.Me and Google maps in conjunction with my book Tokyo Stroll. The maps and bookmarks discussed can be used without the book.
About the book.
Tokyo Stroll is a guide to twenty two neighborhoods in Tokyo. I describe locations in each neighborhood that may be of interest and let you wander as you want. It comes with maps which are detailed to the point that you will know how many buildings from a corner a location is, I hate having to try to figure out where I am from vague directions. The book is for those who simply wish to wander about and look at what is there.
Maps.Me, Google Maps, and Tokyo Stroll locations:
Maps.Me a free app that allows you to navigate with just GPS, no data connection is required. If you are using it on a device that does not have GPS you still have a very detailed atlas to use.
To obtain the bookmarks:
TokyoStroll - Green (TokyoStroll.kmz) These indicate items with entries in Tokyo Stroll.
NOTE: In a few cases these may be a branch of business that is described on a different detail map.
TokyoStroll - Red (TokyoSuppl.kmz) These are items in this Tokyo Stroll web supplement as well as some branch locations of businesses on different detail maps in the book.
TokyoStroll - Purple (TokyoHandy.kmz) These are useful locations such as kōban, public restrooms, rail and subway stations, landmarks, etc.
Detailed instructions for importing the files into MapsMe for iOS and Android are below.
Importing the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks for Android Devices as of February 2020:
It is, of course, also possible to download all 3 bookmark files in one go.
Thanks go to Valerie Bock do helping with this.
Importing the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks for Apple Devices:
Importing the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks into Maps.Me will depend on the browser your are using. These instructions are for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari as of September 2019.For Chrome:
That should import the bookmarks
If you are replacing an old copy of a bookmark list remove the old one first. Doing so will not harm your other bookmark lists.
TIP: When adding items to your own bookmarks make sure you are NOT adding them to the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks. Maps.Me allows you to have more than one bookmark list, you can even select which ones are visible or have them all visible. The button for accessing and selecting these is at the bottom of the screen
Google Maps and the Tokyo Stroll list::
To use the bookmarks with the Google Maps smartphone/tablet app first add them to Google Maps on a computer. You will need an account to do this.
Adding bookmarks to Google Maps on a computer
You have to have a separate layer for each bookmark file.
Opening the bookmarks in Google Maps on a smartphone or tablet
Google Earth and the Tokyo Stroll list::
Export bookmarks to Google Earth from MapsMe on an iPad/iPhone.
NOTE: The color coding does not transfer all bookmarks show up in the same color.
Bookmark and List Updates:
The bookmarks will be updated on occasion, these will be announced on my blog.
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Created July 10, 2019 | Content last updated December 23, 2021