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Tokyo Stroll Supplement


This series of pages is a supplement to my book Tokyo Stroll. Updates to this supplement will be announced on my blog.

Maps.Me, Google Maps, and Tokyo Stroll locations:

For Maps.Me:
I have created bookmark lists of sites in this book to use with the Maps.Me app. You don't need to own the book to use the Maps.Me bookmarks but it does explain what each bookmark is.
TIP: You can turn on and off any particular set of bookmarks if having them visible makes navigation a problem.

Maps.Me a free app that allows you to navigate with just GPS, no data connection is required. If you are using it on a device that does not have GPS you still have a very detailed atlas to use.

To obtain the bookmarks:

  1. First Download Maps.Me onto your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Then in the Maps.Me app download the maps for Tokyo.
  3. After you have done those two steps you are ready to download the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks list.
  4. The easiest way to download a bookmarks list is to go to this page in a browser on your smartphone or tablet and click on the desired bookmark link:

  5. TokyoStroll - Green (TokyoStroll.kmz) These indicate items with entries in Tokyo Stroll.
    NOTE: In a few cases these may be a branch of business that is described on a different detail map.
    TokyoStroll - Red (TokyoSuppl.kmz) These are items in this Tokyo Stroll web supplement as well as some branch locations of businesses on different detail maps in the book.
    TokyoStroll - Purple (TokyoHandy.kmz) These are useful locations such as kōban, public restrooms, rail and subway stations, landmarks, etc.

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 access them in the email message.

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

Importing the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks for Android Devices as of February 2020:

  1. Navigate to the this page 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 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 do helping with this.

Importing the Tokyo Stroll bookmarks for Apple Devices:

Importing the Tokyo Stroll 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".
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".

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

That should import the bookmarks

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.

TIP: 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

Google Maps and the Tokyo Stroll list::

To use the bookmarks with the Google Maps smartphone/tablet app first add them to Google Maps on a computer. You will need an account to do this.

Adding bookmarks to Google Maps on a computer

  1. In your preferred web browser go to Google Maps
  2. Sign into My Maps.
  3. Search for Tokyo Japan so you will be where the files show up.
  4. At the right of the search bar you will see three lines, click on these.
  5. Select Your Places.
  6. Select Maps.
  7. Click on Create Map.
  8. In the map legend, click Add layer.
  9. Give the new layer a name.
  10. Under the new layer, click Import, follow instructions.

You have to have a separate layer for each bookmark file.
All bookmarks will be the same color.

Openning the bookmarks in Google Maps on a smartphone or tablet

  1. Launch the Google Maps app
  2. At the right of the search bar you will see three lines, tap on these.
  3. Select Your Places.
  4. Select Maps.
  5. Click on the name you gave the Map on your computer to import them in the app.

Google Earth and the Tokyo Stroll list::

Export bookmarks to Google Earth from MapsMe on an iPad/iPhone.
This only works after you have imported the bookmarks into MapsMe.

  1. Tap on the three dots to the right of the chosen bookmark list
  2. Tap on Export File
  3. Select google Earth

NOTE: The color coding does not transfer all bookmarks show up in the same color.

Bookmark and List Updates:

The bookmarks will be updated on occasion, these will be announced on my blog.

Additional entries and corrections for areas covered in Tokyo Stroll:

Active links are to pages with content.
Additions have red bookmarks in MapsMe if you have downloaded and imported the bookmarks files linked to above.
NOTE Inactive sections below are place holders. All of these pages are ongoing projects.

Akihabara and Kanda
Ginza and Nearby Areas
Hakusan / Koishikawa Area
Imperial Palace / Kōkyo
Marunouchi To Nagatachō
Meguro Station Area
Nihonbashi North
Nihonbashi South, Kyōbashi, and Yaesu
Northwestern Sumida Ward
Omotesandō / Harajuku Area
Shibuya Station Area
Shinjuku Station Area
Yoshiwara and Sanya

Entries for items in areas not in the book:

Pages to be added in the future

Created July 10, 2019 | Content last updated May 11, 2021