Multilingual Rental Phone for Tourists
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 Posted: 08:24 PM JST
Kyoto has launched a rental service for multilingual guide cellphones for foreign tourists. Kyoto has been experimenting with it for some time and the system is already in use at Kansai and Narita international airports. Fukuoka and Nagoya airports will follow in June.
'Monavi' (mobile navigation), as the system has been named, has some 4,300 pieces of information on tourist and business spots in eight Japanese cities, including Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Nara.
The service, which also includes tips on how to get to places, is available in English, Chinese and Korean.
The service is expected to be expanded through its use at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank to be held in Kyoto on May 4-7, and through publicity campaigns aimed at overseas mass media. The user will be required to pay around 1,500 yen per day, including communication charges.
For inquiries, please contact Tourism & Convention Office, Kyoto Prefectural Government (Tel: 075-414-4841)
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