When we were in Tokyo last month we downloaded the Oedo Burari app. It was pricey – 600 yen – but we decided to bite the bullet and go for it. And I have to say, it was worth it. Part of what makes Tokyo such a fun city to walk is its ancient history combined with its density. This app added a whole new dimension to Tokyo’s history by allowing you to walk along a map of old Edo originally created in the late 1600s.

“Oedo Burari” which roughly translates as big edo stroll

There are several of these such apps out there, and if there’s one you recommend, let us know in the comments! But the reason we chose this one is because it listed various sights of interest and locations, along with commentary, that are around even today. The app essentially overlays the old map on top of google maps and you can toggle back and forth. But it’s amazing see how city’s layout is still unchanged.

According to the developer the app is available in both English and Japanese but we only experimented with the Japanese.

the app highlights various spots of interest like shops that are still around to this day

you can toggle back and forth between the past and present