Multilingual guide app launched for Imperial palaces

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Tourists use the new guide app downloaded on a smartphone in the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Imperial Household Agency on Tuesday started free distribution of a guide app that supports six languages for visitors to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The app, which can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets, offers audio guides in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French and Spanish.

Covered by the app are a total of 82 facilities at the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens in Chiyoda Ward and the palace in Kyoto. It also offers 223 photos and graphics.

Using the Global Positioning System, the app informs users on a pop-up window that guide services are available when they approach any of the facilities.

A wider range of information on the facilities is offered in the foreign language versions, because visitors from abroad generally do not know about them well.

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    This photo provided by the Imperial Household Agency shows how the new app works.

The app is compatible with Apple Inc.’s iOS operating system. It will become available for Google Inc’s Android soon.Speech

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