Jun 15, 2011

Multilingual Information About Akita City in A Radio Show and Mobile Travel Guide

From May 11th, 2011, a radio program in Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese, has started broadcasting to introduce the lifestyle in Akita Prefecture. The program is broadcasted every Wednesday from 12:00, and each week a personality in a different language takes a charge to spread the message that “Akita is doing fine. Come to Tohoku!”

The program has been created as a part of a public project called “Good-Japan Project”. Aftermaths of the 3.11 earthquake have been lingering on only economically. In Akita the affect is minimal and our life is back to normal! However, the overseas media and online rumors have been steering the tourists away. The purpose of this project is to let the world know that you will be safe to travel in Akita and we are ready to welcome you in Akita. This is another effort to spread the energy from Akita to the rest of the Tohoku prefectures that were more directly damaged and in need of cheer-up.

The radio show is broadcasted from ALVE, a public plaza facility in front of JR Akita station. Another company, Ubusuna, also creates an Android application called Omotenavi, which would give you detailed guide information at different touristic locations. To see how it works, watch the following video:

The program can be downloaded in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and English on your Android mobile phone. At the moment, downloading it is free of charge; however, it will required a fee after September. So hurry up if you are planning a trip to Akita Prefecture with your Android phone.

Click your language.

Detailed tourist information will be shown in your desired language.

We recommend you to have it at hand if you are planning a trip to Akita City. In Tazawako in Semboku City, make sure you stop by at Folake Tazawako Tourist Information Center at JR Tazawako Station. They will give you Semboku City guide maps in Japanese, English, and Korean.

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