User Guide for first timers
Rough flow of YAMAP service
1.Install the YAMAP app. The app and maps are free.
Search for "YAMAP" within the App Store on the iPhone or the iTunes Store on PC and install.
Search for "YAMAP" within the Google Play Store on your Android device and install.
2.You can sign up as a Free Member.
Sign up from either this website or through the app.
3.Download the maps.
Download the maps for the locations you want on the Website or in the App.
Downloaded maps will be automatically synced within both web and app services.
*When downloading maps, we recommend that you use WiFi, as some maps contain large file sizes.
4.Print-out a map.
Print from home or at any printer-friendly convenient store. We recommend that you always keep a paper-based map with you just in case.
5.Get some information beforehand.
Find some useful information before you trip by reading other people's Activity Posts, exchanging information with others on the YAMAP community, and scouting out potential rest stops and mountain huts.
6.Begin your outdoor adventure.
Open the YAMAP app before you begin your activity, and press the "Start" button.
Useful information like your trail and travel duration will be recorded.
Once you're finished with your activity, press the "End" and "Save" buttons.
7.Edit your post once your activity has ended.
Posts can be edited both through the website or the app. Photos can also be added at this time. If you decide to share, others will be able to view and comment on your posts. We hope to create a safe and lively outdoor experience by allowing you to share your experiences with the world.
How to use YAMAP, explained by user types
User A mainly uses the YAMAP app, but keeps paper-based copies of maps as a back up.
|Advantage:||Trails, travel duration, and other interactive data can be recorded through the app.|
|Disadvantage:||Smartphone battery life could be a problem.|
|Solution:||1.) Carry an extra battery pack
2.) Carry paper-based maps just in case the smartphone battery runs out.
User B mainly uses paper-based maps, but also uses the YAMAP app as a back up.
|Advantage:||Since the maps are paper-based, battery life isn't an issue.|
|Disadvantage:||Information about their trails, travel duration, and other interactive data will be fragmented if the app isn't used for the entirety of the activity.|
|Solution:||Choose to only use the YAMAP app when they want to find their current location.|
User C doesn't use a smartphone but instead uses only paper-based maps from our website.
|Advantage:||YAMAP maps are free, including the updates made to them, so cost is never an issue.|
User D uses the YAMAP app's urban maps, only for disasters and other emergencies.
|Advantage:||Even if cellular connection is lost during a disaster, the app's GPS function can still be used. If transportation systems are down during a disaster and walking is the only mode of transportation, YAMAP can again come in handy.|