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.
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.
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.
The applications HYPERDIA by VOICE was published
in the category Navigation on 2010-09-24 and
was developed by Hitachi Systems, Ltd..
The file size is 8.85 MB.
The current version is 1.4.1 and works well on
6.0 and high ios versions.
Add a IC card fare option.
New support for iOS8.
Some bugs fixed.
Works amazing for JRRail pass users and brought me to multiple city's on time for free!
Outdated and a lot of room for improvement. But definitely a must for JR Pass holders.
I downloaded this before I left the states but now that I am here my "coupon" has expired and the app is asking for money. Never even got to use the app
You can get all the same information on the HyperDia web site, so why would I want to pay a monthly fee to use the app? Most other bus and train apps are free to use.
I love this app!
I had great success solo navigating the country when using Hyperdia in conjunction with Google Maps
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.
This is a must have if you are traveling in Japan. Simple and easy to use. Put in station start, destination and time and it spits out many different options and carriers. Great app.
Trial version works great! On time schedules, but it's not cheap $25 for the English version (for a year) still debating on buying it.
This is a trial app and it doesn't say.You have to pay subscriptions, 1 month, three months, one year etc... WHY? I never use the voice search so can do exactly the same by going online and checking the website. I would happily pay a one time fee for the app, but the subscription fees are way too high. Could easily be a five star app if it wasn't trying to con you.
Don't know why anyone would pay for a search by voice function. Seriously, are people really going to use that instead of just typing in where you want to go and being done with it? And if you've go an iPhone you can use the web version for free. So again, what's the point?
I ended up buying this app for a month because the free trial was great, but since I've bought it, I've tried searching many directions and it won't load!
I would even pay a $5-$8 one time fee for a normal voice-free option on my iPod. $26/year won't kill me, but it seems like an awfully steep price for a voice feature I never used nor have interest in. I guess I will just use the browser. Hyperdia itself is a must-use for anyone navigating Japan.
Subscription of $25 a year for something you can get for free on the website? Fail.
I have been using this App for 25 days and it has been a life saver (kinda). I got stuck in Tokyo because my flight was delayed over night; but I didn't want to wait to get back to my family down south, so I took the train system. This App worked like a champ. I thought I would miss a leg, or be confused, but I was able to make it from transfer stop to transfer start with no trouble. I don't use the voice feature, so I can't comment on it. The one thing I wish would be changed is for it to use the iPhone's map, when mapping a station. I love this App and will be buying the year plan.
Worth every cent especially with the history added into it! I use this app daily and find it easy to use and even nicer since they updated their tables with the blackout schedule! Very nice!!
In terms of timetables for Japanese rails, just download Jorudan. It's in Japanese, but even someone with no skill at the language can figure out how to work it in 5 minutes. I wanted Hyperdia because it offers a range of several train times at a search, but that's the only leg up it has. Jorudan is labeled as free, IS free and will get you where you're going. This app needs to be relabeled as a trial. Disappointing.
Didn't bother to try the voice recognition but the app is great anyways. Used it much more than the app I paid for during our recent trip and it never failed. Had to adjust schedules a few times and it always provided great alternatives and spot on timetables. Five stars!