*if you already have made some pin maps share them with me in the comments! I would love to see them!*
So anyway, as soon as I had a chance, I set out to make up my Japan travel board (because we all know I have an unhealthy relationship with the country). Almost immediately I ran into a problem. I don’t have a japanese keyboard, and even if I did, I don’t know how to spell Tokyo, or Mt. Fuji in Japanese.
|My Japan Pinterest Map|
Once you have your map set up you need to start adding places to it. You can move your map using your mouse and zoom using the +/- in the lower R corner
|Lets add a place|
Lets start with somewhere I have never been.
|Never been to Kyoto? Check!|
Now what do I want to look at in Kyoto? How about historical places, you know, since I am a history major and all.
You’ll see above that it’s kind of hard to search for general things, without knowing the exact name of what you are looking for, and in some cases, without having the name in the common spelling used in that country it can be difficult. I found some things you can work around, Like I was able to find Mt. Fuji, because I know where it is, but for some reason I had to zoom into the area while using the search “Current Map View”
Well I found a way to browse destinations, surrounding to areas I want to see.
You’ll notice Pinterest Maps uses FourSquare, a maping app for your smart phone, where you can check into places and post pictures and such, great for stalking friends and family.
(for this part of the search I have Google Translate turned on)
But I want to look for something that interests me. I’m a tourist so I want to go sight seeing.
BAM! Look at that. Thank you Foursquare.
Once i find something I am interested in, I turn off Google Translate (either turn if off at the top or right click and choose to turn it off on the little menu that pops up)
Next I highlight and copy the Japanese
I find this last part super useful for more than just Japan. Pinterest Maps doesn’t yet have a way to find similar things, or other pins in the area, so using foursquare you can see more destinations like the one you have just looked up.
I am totally in love with Pinterest mapping and see myself staying up all night playing with it.
(this blog post is 100% my ideas and opinions, I have no relationship with Pinterest besides a mild addiction)