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Overdue in Japan: Multilingual Tourism info Service Offered

The Yomiuri Shimbun One of the panels of the Guidoor system, which provides tourism information in eight languages.

One of the panels of the Guidoor system, which provides tourism information in eight languages. The Yomiuri Shimbun

IZUNOKUNI, Shizuoka — The city of Izunokuni in Shizuoka Prefecture has started “Guidoor,” a new service that provides tourism information in eight languages via mobile devices.

Aimed primarily at foreign visitors, the service is available at 11 tourist spots and facilities in the city. Locations include Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces, which is designated a World Heritage site; Egawa-tei mansion, which was an official residence of “daikan” local governors in feudal times; the Kenban agent office for geisha at the Izu-Nagaoka Onsen hot spring resort; and Ayame-koji street at the hot spring resort.

Guidoor provides information in eight languages, including Japanese, English, Korean and Thai. Information in Chinese can be displayed in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters.

When users scan quick response (QR) codes on panels at sightseeing locations with their mobile devices, information about the tourist spots and facilities are displayed on their screens in their selected language.

If users install the Guidoor app on their mobile devices, the system automatically responds to the devices and displays information when they pass near the panels … (read more)

via The Japan News

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