If you encounter any disasters like earthquakes or typhoons while you're in Japan, getting real-time information about ongoing transportation delays is a must.
It is usually hard to collect real-time information for railways since there are too many railway companies. If you use the Japan Travel by NAVITIME app, on top of being able to see possible routes, it will bring you real-time information for train delays, stopped trains, resumed trains as well as the latest disaster info.
As some have experienced from the recent typhoon that hit Tokyo, you might've wanted to check the current train status and found that it was somewhat of a pain.
In the future, you can rely on this app to keep you up-to-date on train delays. Here are some screenshots of how to use the Japan Travel by NAVITIME app.
1. Enter your point of departure and destination, then click Search.
2. In your search result, impeded railways services will have a warning sign displayed.
Click on the train route (1, 2, 3, 4 is displayed). In this case, I clicked route 1.
Click on either icon where the red arrow is displayed.
3. You can check the service status details for each railway line. Below are the types of status provided:
4.Other (eg: disasters causing long delays)
Please check the website of each railway company for more information.
In this case, the JR Fukuchiyama Line [Takarazuka Line] has Stopped.
4. How to search for alternative routes.
To use the alternative search feature, you will need to upgrade the app to the full-featured plan. If you click on the "Search" button, you will be taken to this page (screenshot).
Purchasing ticket for alternate routes
Click on "Upgrade" and you will have the option to purchase a 30 day ticket or 365 day ticket. This ticket can be very valuable to visitors travelling to Japan. Once you have purchased your ticket, it will show alternate routes like the following screenshot.
The app also provides recently occurred disaster information (earthquakes, weather warnings, etc.). Disaster related push notifications can also be sent to your device based on your GPS location.
Disaster related push notification
Download the app from here:
Japan Travel by NAVITIME app