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Narita Airport Launches Multilingual Smartphone Site to Aid Int'l Visitors to Japan

Narita Airport Launches Multilingual Smartphone Site to Aid Int'l Visitors to Japan

Smartphone screen capture of the Tabimori site.

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Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, outside Tokyo, launched a portal site for foreign visitors to Japan on February 7. The site is called Tabimori - Travel Amulet.

The site provides a wide range of helpful information and links for international travelers visiting Japan, and is available in English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean and Japanese. Content includes flight information and directions to Narita Airport, along with a collection of phrases translated into Japanese in case one suddenly falls ill, instructions on what to do in the event of an earthquake, Japanese rules and etiquette and more. The site can only be accessed with a smartphone.

The portal site was developed according to guidelines issued by the Japan Tourism Agency and is part of plans promoted by the airport to be more welcoming to international travelers. A spokesperson said that Narita also wants to offer information more effectively by making use of the free Wi-fi internet connections provided in the terminals.

The name "Tabimori" is a combination of the Japanese words for "trip/journey" and "amulet/good luck charm." Narita hopes that the site will be "a convenient tool and good luck charm on a comfortable journey" for travelers departing from the airport.

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