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HYPERDIA is a train timetable application that allows you to search using natural language spoken queries in either English or Japanese. For example, try a query like "Narita Airport to Shibuya station, last train." The search parameters will be set automatically, providing quick access to the train timetable information you are looking for. This can be particularly handy if you are a foreigner traveling in Japan for the first time, or simply prefer to see timetable information in English.

[Oct 31, 2014 UPDATE]
Add a IC card fare option.
New support for iOS8.
Some bugs fixed.

===Using Voice Search===
The English language voice search system supports "Departure station", "Arrival station", "last train", and "first train" input parameters. You may also specify time information.

The voice search functionality helps to eliminate otherwise difficult and time-consuming text input, particularly when entering the names of Japanese train stations. Voice search is also useful when you are in a hurry, or when it's awkward to input text using the built-in keypad.

Stations with similar pronunciations will appear as alternative candidates, making it easy to select your desired station.

The application also supports telephone-style usage. You can simply lift the phone to your ear and speak your query as if you were having a normal telephone conversation.

Of course, it is also possible to specify your search parameters using the built-in keypad without using the voice functionality.

===Route Search===
Search for all JR lines, private lines, subways, streetcars and airports is supported.

Information including the shortest route, fares, commuter fares, and links to time information and maps is shown.

It is possible to filter results based on plane routes, shinkansen, and rapid lines, as well as JR versus private railways.

===Japanese version===
Both English and Japanese versions of the system are available. This allows the user to search the same set of nationwide Japanese stations in either English or Japanese using text or voice input. Note that the English-language voice system is tailored to American English accents.

===30 days Free Trial===
The trial version of the application can be used for free for 30 days, starting from the first usage following installation.

At any time during or after the end of the 30 days trial period, you may purchase a usage coupon to continue using the application and enable the full set of available features.

In order to use HYPERDIA after the free trial period, it is necessary to obtain a coupon by making an In App purchase.

Four different types of coupons are available. (Prices subject to change.)
* Japanese (1 month) - $1.99
* Japanese (1 year) - $16.99
* Japanese + English (1 month) - $2.99
* Japanese + English (1 year) - $25.99

Please be aware that if you purchase a "Japanese + English" coupon when you already have a valid "Japanese" coupon, the "Japanese" coupon will become invalid.

In order to use this application, a stable Internet connection (3G, WiFi, etc.) is required.

Please note that, although great care and effort have been taken in the development of this application, it is possible, due to circumstances beyond our control, that fare and/or time information may occasionally be incorrect.

What's New in Version 1.4.1

Add a IC card fare option.
New support for iOS8.
Some bugs fixed.


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Customer Reviews

Best useful train app for foreigners in Japan!

I am currently traveling in Japan. I tried to use Google maps and Apple maps at first but both maps didn't provide enough detailed alternatives for train rides. I have been using this train app to look at all the different trains going from Osaka to Kyoto and vice versa. I get to see and choose from super express Thunderbirds, wide view Hida, Shinkansen, or new express train. For JR pass holders, it is a no brainier to ride a more comfortable and quicker train. This invaluable train app has made my train ride decision so much easier as a foreigner in Japan. 100% recommended.

Best Train App for English Speakers

This has got to be the best app available to use when trying to use the Japanese train system. It's shows you the transfer times and you can even narrow your search to certain types of trains (ie. Shinkansen limited express, or local train). I used this for an entire year in Japan and it never let me down. I could not travel without this.

Handy train schedules, especially if using JR pass

Used this while visiting from the US and traveling on my JR pass. Was better than their website, very handy for planning. Google maps is great too for transit planning but this shows train options at various times very clearly. Filters allow you to easily find options that you want.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.4.1
  • Size: 8.1 MB
  • Languages: English, Japanese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. English + Japanese (1 month)$2.99
  2. English + Japanese (1 year)$25.99
  3. Japanese (1 month)$1.99
  4. Japanese (1 year)$16.99