Fotopedia Japan is a lovely photographic tour of modern Japan, available for free right now on the iOS App Store.
Thanks to unobtrusive sponsorship by Tokyo’s Narita airport, you get access to 1,300 high quality images of Japan, properly indexed, tagged and located on maps.
That means you can browse through the collection in various ways: just sit back and watch a slideshow, browse by region, or flick through smaller selections based on chosen tags like “Shinto Shrines”, “Temples”, or “Cosplay”.
All aspects of Japanese life are here, from the modern to the traditional, including city life, dramatic landscapes, and everything in between. It’s a great introduction for the armchair traveller, and a useful educational tool for kids.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, Fotopedia is a Wikipedia-like photographic guidebook for the world. Anyone can contribute photos, and the quality is consistently high. This is not the site’s first app, either: they have a selection of photo tours on offer, but not all free. This National Parks Guide costs three dollars, for example.
The Japan guide is a nice freebie, worth grabbing if you have any interest in photography, Japan, travel or education.