駅.Locky (カウントダウン型時刻表) – Ubigraph Inc.” target=”_blank”>Don’t you just hate it when you are in a hurry and just miss you train or subway by a few seconds? No? Well I do, and I kick myself for not walking just a little bit faster so I could have made it. So I searched around for an iPhone app that could tell me how much I have before the next train. I did not find any english version ones, but I did find a gem called 駅.Locky (カウントダウン型時刻表) – Ubigraph Inc.” target=”_blank”>Eki Locky (駅Locky). This App is amazing! You can download the train schedule of almost ANY train or subway station in Japan and it will show you a countdown of how many minutes or seconds you have left before the train arrives at that station. Quite handy when you want to know what time you should head to the station or when you want to know if you have time to do some quick errands or need to rush.
When you load it up, it checks for your location and shows you how much time you have before the train arrives in the station nearest your location. You can set it to wifi mode if you don’t want it to use data. Don’t worry, you can manually select your station from the stations you have pre-loaded. You can also select which direction you are headed so it can show you the right schedule.
If the next train is too soon, just flip the time to the left and the next train’s countdown will appear. You can keep on doing this til you see a time suitable for you.
It works perfectly with the Fukuoka Subway system. Below is a screen shot of the Eki Locky app when I am in Tenjin. As you can see, it automatically shows me the countdown for Tenjin (天神）Below the station’s name, it says 姪浜方面 which means it is showing the countdown for the next train headed towards Meinohama. From the looks of it I have 58 seconds left before the train leaves. This could very well be the last train of the day so I better run if I am still in a yatai sipping away some tonkotsu ramen. (Ok maybe that is too far away to make it, but you get the picture). If I am not headed towards Meinohama but towards the airport, I can simply tap the arrow and pick Airport direction (空港方面).
Accuracy is quite good, sometimes even to the last second. Below is a list of Stations I have downloaded because these are the ones I most frequent. I can click on any of them to see the time the train arrives in those stations. If you prefer to download the entire subway schedule you can do so. These are all subway lines, but you can download train schedules as well. (It also says that I am currently at Hakozaki Kyudai Mae (箱崎九大前）which is incorrect but since I am using wifi, it might have confused the phone.)
If you need a more traditional view of the train schedule, it won’t stop you. Its got it built in as well (upon downloading the schedule)
Selecting Station Schedules to download is a breeze. It is in Japanese but I am assuming you would know the Kanji for your city and prefecture by now.
The downside is it is in Japanese. It isn’t that hard to figure out though if you know basic Japanese. You might need to be able to type in Japanese to find your station when downloading a schedule but that should not be a problem. The best thing about it is that it is FREE! So try it out and see if you know enough Japanese to work your way through it!
Oh, and if you are curious by how much time you missed the train, it can show you that too in gray! From the looks of it, I am walking home tonight!