A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Tsukuba on Google Maps

It sure would be nice if we could all work together to build a comprehensive online ENGLISH map of places to find in Tsukuba! I don’t know if this will help us work towards that goal, but I have started Google Map of Tsukuba that we can at least try to use for TsukuBlog posts.

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This application seems a bit buggy yet, but perhaps it will improve in the future.

One problem that we face in this adventure is that Google Maps of Japan are in Japanese. And when you look up Japanese addresses in English in Google Map, you just get garbage. (Try to search for “Tsukuba” and see where in the world you end up. Not anywhere near this city! If you type it in Japanese (つくば), though, you will get better results.) Diddlefinger can help in this regard by letting you look up Japanese addresses in English, however that site does not let you label local places of interest.

If anyone else has ideas of how we could make a comprehensive and useful map of Tsukuba online, please let us know in the comments.


  • nick may says:

    Hi –

    thanks for mentioning http://diddlefinger.com – as you say, we currently don’t offer “shared labelled maps” – although this is something we would like to offer at some point.

    In the meantime, to make it easier for you to add sites of interest to your own “my maps” I have just added a function that lets you plot a marker you have made on diddlefinger onto google maps, simply by clicking a link.

    The link is in a new “export” tab in the popup. I am not sure if google will let you save the result to a specific “my map” – I THINK they used to, but that functionality seems to have disappeared in the past few weeks…. Possibly they will bring it back.

    Oh – and I have also added basic information about 9000 or so train / subway /metro /tramway stations in Japan.

    I am always looking for useful feedback on diddlefinger – we recently added kml and gpx export support at a users request – so if you have a “why can’t it…?” question, drop me a line.

    I hope the changes are useful to you.

    You have a very nice site!

    best wishes,

    Nick May (diddlefinger developer)

  • Shaney says:

    Hi Nick,

    Thank you so much for popping in to comment on TsukuBlog. I will try to test out Diddlefinger’s new functionality to see if we can use it here on TsukuBlog. If I think of a “why can’t it…?”, I will let you know!

  • Brian Hanninen says:

    I am very impressed with Diddlefinger’s address finder.

    Would Wikimapia be of any use to label places of interest? It lacks the ability to serach by address, but it can search by location name.

  • Shaney says:

    Hi Brian,

    Sorry for the delay in answering you. Actually, I was not familiar with Wikimapia so I had to set aside some time to fiddle with it before I could respond to your comment.

    It does seem that Wikimapia could be useful. I will have to play with it some more and see whether we should switch to Wikimapia or stick with Google Maps.

  • anjinkristou says:

    I am starting a new community website for Tsukuba residents and I added a comprehensive map service with classification of point of interests.
    If you want you can take a look and tell me if it is good or not.
    I am still working on design but I think it is useful.


    I am open for any comment or suggestion about this project.