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Free Iphone App for Japanese Subway and Train System: Eki Locky (駅Locky)

駅.Locky (カウントダウン型時刻表) – Ubigraph Inc.” target=”_blank”>Don’t you just hate it when you are in a hurry and just miss you train or subway by a few seconds? No? Well I do, and I kick myself for not walking just a little bit faster so I could have made it. So I searched around for an iPhone app that could tell me how much I have before the next train. I did not find any english version ones, but I did find a gem called 駅.Locky (カウントダウン型時刻表) – Ubigraph Inc.” target=”_blank”>Eki Locky (駅Locky).  This App is amazing!  You can download the train schedule of almost ANY train or subway station in Japan and it will show you a countdown of how many minutes or seconds you have left before the train arrives at that station.  Quite handy when you want to know what time you should head to the station or when you want to know if you have time to do some quick errands or need to rush.

When you load it up, it checks for your location and shows you how much time you have before the train arrives in the station nearest your location.  You can set it to wifi mode if you don’t want it to use data.  Don’t worry, you can manually select your station from the stations you have pre-loaded.  You can also select which direction you are headed so it can show you the right schedule.

If the next train is too soon, just flip the time to the left and the next train’s countdown will appear.  You can keep on doing this til you see a time suitable for you.

It works perfectly with the Fukuoka Subway system.  Below is a screen shot of the Eki Locky app when I am in Tenjin.  As you can see, it automatically shows me the countdown for Tenjin (天神)Below the station’s name, it says 姪浜方面 which means it is showing the countdown for the next train headed towards Meinohama.  From the looks of it I have 58 seconds left before the train leaves.  This could very well be the last train of the day so I better run if I am still in a yatai sipping away some tonkotsu ramen. (Ok maybe that is too far away to make it, but you get the picture).  If I am not headed towards Meinohama but towards the airport, I can simply tap the arrow and pick Airport direction (空港方面).

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How to Get to (and Around) Fukuoka

Getting to Fukuoka by Air

Fukuoka is connected to many of its Asian neighbors via direct flights including most East Asian major cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taipei, Seoul, Busan and Jeju etc.) and Manila, Hong Kong,  Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and as far out as Guam).  Sometimes chartered flights are arranged for Honolulu and Guam.

It is likewise connected to the rest of the world through connecting flights from other Japanese Cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Kansai, Sapporo, Okinawa etc.) through All Nippon Air (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL), and Japanese budget airline Skymark. (more…)

Breaking the Myth #2: Japanese people Study in the Library

Yet another misconception about Japan is proliferating in Youtube.  My first glimpse of a Japanese library was actually from this video.  Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed when I visited the Fukuoka City Public Library and found out that no one wanted to play this game with me.

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