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January 28, 2016
Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs
Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tokyo’s Official Tourist Guide, “Tokyo Handy Guide” App Released

As part of efforts to warmly welcome visitors to Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau have been publishing the “Tokyo Handy Guide,” an official tourist guide to Tokyo, for distribution at hotels, tourist information desks, train stations, and other locations.

Against the backdrop of increasing numbers of international visitors to Tokyo and Japan, a “Tokyo Handy Guide” app, carrying the contents of the published Tokyo Handy Guide, has been released to enhance convenience for travelers.

Tokyo Handy Guide App icons

Tokyo Handy Guide App


Tokyo Handy Guide

Launch date

December 25, 2015


Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified, traditional), Korean

To use

Download from the App Store or Google Play


Free (however, any data transmission fees incurred shall be borne by the user)


iOS 7.0 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher

*App Store is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. in the United States and other countries

*Google Play and Android are registered trademarks of Google Inc.

Main features

Area maps with tourist information and maps compiled by area in Tokyo

Sightseeing information is provided by area, such as Shinjuku and Asakusa. Information on the Tama area and the Izu and Ogasawara Islands, rich in nature, is also provided. It also contains information on facilities in Tokyo such as gardens and parks, zoos and botanical gardens, amusement parks, and museums.

Information and features making it easier to walk around town

  • Use the “Spot nearby” function to search for sightseeing locations around you.
  • Use the “Favorites” function to register your own must-go spots and create a convenient list of places to go.
  • Use the “Keyword” function to enter terms to find information.
  • Easy-to-see maps and transportation routes that can be used offline are also provided.


<Area page “Shinjuku”>
<Tourist spot info “Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bldg.” >
<Spot nearby>

About Tokyo Handy Guide

This is Tokyo’s official tourist guidebook. This fiscal year, 3.9 million issues were printed in nine languages (Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified, traditional), Korean, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Thai). These are distributed for free at tourist information desks, hotels, train stations, and other locations. They are also available at the digital pamphlet gallery ( of Tokyo’s official travel guide site, “GO TOKYO.”


(Project overall)
Welcoming Environment Promotion Section, Tourism Division,
Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs

(App contents and use)
Planning & PR Division General Affairs Department
Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau