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Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Using the Bookmarks in Google Maps and Google Earth

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This page explains using importing bookmarks into Maps.Me on your smartphone or tablet. For an introduction to the bookmarks see the Maps.Me, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Tokyo Stroll Locations page.

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.


The location bookmarks:

I have created bookmark lists of sites to use with the Maps.Me app, Google Maps or Google Earth. You don't need to own Tokyo Stroll to use the bookmarks but it does explain what each item in the TokyoStroll.kmz bookmark file is.

TokyoStroll.kmz (TokyoStroll.kmz) These indicate items with entries in Tokyo Stroll and show up as Green in Maps.Me. In a few cases these may be a branch of business that is described on a different detail map.

TokyoSuppl.kmz These are items listed in this Tokyo Stroll web supplement as well as some branch locations of businesses on different detail maps in the book and show up as Red in Maps.Me.

TokyoHandy.kmz (TokyoHandy.kmz) These are useful locations such as kōban, public restrooms, rail and subway stations, landmarks, etc.and show up as Purple in Maps.Me

NOTE: Only Maps.Me will display the different colors. Google Maps and Google Earth will only display one color.


Google Maps, Google Earth and the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks:

To use the bookmarks with the Google Maps and Google Earth smartphone/tablet apps first add them to Google Maps on a computer. You will need a Google account to do this.

NOTE:
The color coding does not transfer to Google Maps or Google Earth, all bookmarks show up in the same color.

Adding bookmarks to Google Maps on a computer

  1. In your preferred web browser go to Google Maps
  2. Sign into My Maps. https://www.google.com/maps/d/
  3. Search for Tokyo Japan so you will be where the files show up.
  4. At the right of the search bar you will see three lines, click on these.
  5. Select Your Places.
  6. Select Maps.
  7. Click on Create Map.
  8. In the map legend, click Add layer.
  9. Give the new layer a name.
  10. Under the new layer, click Import, follow instructions.

You have to have a separate layer for each bookmark file.
All bookmarks will be the same color. However you can turn them on and off.

Opening the bookmarks in Google Maps on a smartphone or tablet

  1. Launch the Google Maps app
  2. At the right of the search bar you will see three lines, tap on these.
  3. Select Your Places.
  4. Select Maps.
  5. Click on the name you gave the Map on your computer to import them in the app.

Google Earth and the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks::

Export bookmarks to Google Earth from MapsMe on an iPad/iPhone.
This only works after you have imported the bookmarks into MapsMe.

  1. Tap on the three dots to the right of the chosen bookmark list
  2. Tap on Export File
  3. Select google Earth

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 August 3, 2022