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Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Using the Bookmarks in Maps.me

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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 web supplement to Tokyo Stroll 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.


Using the Bookmarks in Maps.me

Maps.me is a free app that does not required a data connection, you navigate with just GPS. If you are using it on a device that does not have GPS you still have very detailed maps to use.

TIPS:

  • You can turn on and off any particular set of bookmarks if having too many visible makes navigation a problem.
  • Whenever you download an update of Maps Me check to see if your maps have also been updated.
  • 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

To import the bookmarks into Maps.me:

  1. First Download Maps.me onto your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Then in the Maps.me app download the Kantō Region maps by clicking "More" and then "Download Maps."
  3. After you have done those two steps you are ready to download the bookmarks files.
  4. The easiest way to download a bookmarks list is to go to this page (the one you are reading now) in a browser on your smartphone or tablet and click on the desired bookmark link:
  5. 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.

Detailed instructions for importing the files into MapsMe for iOS and Android are below.
Or you can download the lists to your computer and email them to yourself and import them from the email message.

Updating bookmarks:
Before adding a newer bookmark list delete the old one or you may end up with multiple files.

Importing the bookmarks for Android Devices as of February 2020:

  1. Navigate to the this page (the one you are reading now) using the Chrome browser.
  2. Tap on the link for the bookmark list you want.
  3. The bookmark will download, but you won't actually see any evidence of this until you scroll down to the bottom of the browser window where it will say "download complete."
  4. Tap on the "Details" link under the download complete message. You see the Downloads page with the file.
  5. Tap on the file name.
  6. You should see the Maps.me screen and a message that bookmarks were loaded successfully.

It is, of course, also possible to download all 3 bookmark files in one go.

Thanks go to Valerie Bock for helping with these instructions.

Importing the bookmarks for Apple iOS Devices such as iPhone or iPad:

Importing the 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:
  1. Tap on the link.
  2. Tap on "Open In"
  3. In the list of apps select "Copy to Maps.me".
For Firefox:
  1. Tap on the link.
  2. Tap on Dowload Now
  3. Tap on Downloads
  4. Tap on the TokyoStroll file
  5. In the list of apps select "Copy to maps.me".

For Safari:

  1. Tap on the link and download the file.
  2. Tap on the circle icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the TokyoStroll file.
  4. Tap on the Box icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  5. In the list of apps select Maps.me

That should import the bookmarks


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 November 8, 2022