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City-Cost app review: the inside scoop on Japan



Traveling to a foreign country can be an exciting and sometimes scary experience, never mind if you're planning to live there. If your planned destination is Japan then the City-Cost app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone can prove to be quite useful. This app has actually been created by people who live in Japan to give visitors and new residents all the information they need. This shouldn't be thought of as a run-of-the-mill travel guide because it goes much deeper than that. 

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Not Your Average City Guide

With the City-Cost app you aren't just getting an average run-of-the-mill city guide, instead you'll get an inside look at Japan and what it really means to live there. You'll be able to read about the living situation and everyday life, helpful information pertaining to finances in Japan, tips for making the most of living in the country, and so much more. As mentioned this is actually written by people who live in Japan so it gives the information more authority and authenticity. The information you'll find within this app is all the stuff you won't read in a city guide but is exactly the kind of details you want and need.

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This app is completely free to use and has recently just added support for Chinese. City-Cost does require iOS 7.0 or later to use. Right now it doesn't have a customer rating nor does it have any customer comments.

Post questions and read answers
Post questions and read answers

Using the App

The way this app works is that you can ask questions that have to do with life in Japan and users will be able to answer you. Additionally, you can read articles about what to expect in the country: these are filled with helpful tips. What's fun is that users have a real impact with the app as they are able to post answers, questions, and vote for posts. You are encouraged to do the same so that important posts get plenty of votes and get noticed.

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Additional features include the app using GPS to find questions that relate to the specific area you are in while in Japan. Another cool feature is that the app has badges. The way this works is that you are awarded points as you perform actions. As you accumulate your points you will in turn earn badges. It’s a fun motivational tool to learn and contribute as much to the app as possible.

An authentic inside look at life in Japan
An authentic inside look at life in Japan



Pros and Cons


  • The app is user-friendly
  • The information is submitted by those who live in Japan so it feels authentic
  • Submit questions and have them answered by users
  • Earn badges as you perform actions within the app
  • The app will provide you with information that is based on your GPS location in Japan


  • This isn’t meant to be a travel guide so you won’t necessarily find everything you want

City-Cost screenshot
City-Cost screenshot

Final Thoughts

The City-Cost app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is meant to give you the inside look at life in Japan. The app is very user-friendly and provides users with a true social experience.



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