Bing Maps expands transit features in Japan

We recently enhanced Bing Maps with greater transit coverage and additional transit-related features in Japan, helping get you to your destination as smoothly as possible.

Expanded transit coverage              

With this release, we’ve expanded the number of agencies and routes in Bing Maps. This means that no matter where you’re heading in Japan, if there’s a transit route that can get you there, we know about it and can tell you how to use it. This is great news both for tourists and commuters, whether your commute is short or you have a meeting in another city.

Detailed walking directions

Transit can be frustrating when you have a transfer that doesn’t occur at the same station. Getting off of one metro line, going up to the street, and finding where to get your next bus or train can be difficult – especially if you only have a few minutes to make your connection.

Now on Bing Maps, you will see detailed walking instructions between stops and at the beginning and end of your trip. In the screenshot detailing walking directions to Tokyo Tower, you can see guidance about which side of the street to walk on and the locations of crosswalks. You can even see the picturesque shortcut through the park that gets you there faster and with a nice view!

Detailed Walking Instructions to Tokyo Tower

Detailed walking instructions to Tokyo Tower

English train and station names

We’ve now extended Bing Maps to include English translations of station names, so that even if you’re a tourist who cannot read Japanese, you will find the right train. Previously, when we provided instructions about which trains to take or which stations to depart from, the only data provided were the names in Japanese.

English Train Name

English train name

Check back on the Bing Maps blog for updates about where we’re expanding our transit coverage and for details about the new transit features we’re working on.

– Bing Maps Team

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