Discover the hidden history of Japan!

Any tourist guidebook will give you plenty of information on Meiji Shrine or the Imperial Palace, but there’s a lot more to Japan than these big name destinations. Take a walk in any neighbourhood in Japan, and you’ll soon come across a temple or statue. Often there will be a placard describing the history of the site, but the information will only be in Japanese.

Before Monumento, the story behind these places was hidden unless you spoke Japanese. But now you can use Monumento to discover their secret past. Simply take a photo of the placard, upload it, and we’ll textize and translate the content so you too can understand these unknown gems of Japanese history.

So, Monumento achieves communication platform through placards.

  • Sharing basic information of placards (image and position).
  • Creating text data and sharing placards’ description.
  • Creating and Sharing of multilingual placards’ description.
  • Text-to-speech of placards’ description.
  • Communication among visitors.

Let’s post a placard!

When you visit tourist destinations, you take pictures, don’t you? The subjects could be buildings, scenery, objects, and monuments. Many people must love comic foreground signboards!

Please also add "placards" to the shooting target!

From the origin of familiar temples and shrines to monuments in the unexplored region of foreign country, anything is all right if the information guides visitors. When you post the taken pictures and location information to Monumento, you are able to share them with people all over the world.

Let's exchange information with placards!

Use the comments section of placards as information notes seen in travel destinations. Leave your comments and pictures, which you want to share, such as “recommended place” and “recommended shops” for people coming after you.

Let’s make texts and translation of placards!

In a posted placard as a photo, you can add texts of “character information” and its translated “multi-language information.” As anyone can participate, if you find any interest placards, please feel encouraged to participate in making texts and translations.

Information with texts becomes possible of searching and tagging and translated information, such as into English and Chinese, is also useful for travelers from overseas. In addition, the data with texts are also utilized, such as speech function to blind people.

You may obtain a variety of information such as the culture and history of the area through the texts and translations of the placards,

Other Functions

It is also possible that participants compete with each other in the ranking function and that you can search placards around the country with tag function ( #UNESCO ). And in the future, we will continue to add improvements and features in order to widen the communication circle further.

It should be noted that the information submitted in Monumento may be used as a subject for “ Machiquest ,” which is managed by Machiquest, Inc.


Q. What kind of photos of placards should I post?
A. Anything is OK if it has descriptions of origins and introductions of building, place, objects, monument, statues, and so on.

Q. Is there any placard not to be posted?
A. Please do not post placards installed in a private property and limited place that requires special permission and placards prohibited to be pictured.

Q. Can anybody make texts of any placards?
A. Anybody can make text of any placards! However, you may enjoy if you start from things that seem to be interesting for you, if possible.

Q. Can I make texts only a part of a placard?
A. A part is all right! Other participants surely follow you if they notice the shortage.

Q. I’m worried about making mistakes during making texts and translations.
A. Do not worry about little mistakes! Other participants surely corrects them if they notice.

Q. Are English and Chinese the only languages for translation?
A. As you know there are a lot of languages in the world. So that many people can participate as possible, we continue to promote sequentially from the language with lots of native speakers (while ensuring respondable staff).

Q. How can I tag to the text statement?
A. Please attach “# at the beginning” and “blank space at the ending” of a word you want to put tag.
Example) #unfinished

* In case of tagging in the text directly , please do not add any character other than tagging symbol (# and blank space).
* Add new tag string is only possible if you want to complement its word that part is omitted in the text.(Add a hyphen three "---" to end of a sentence, please fill out separately from the body.)

Please feel free to contact us about your questions and other questions here !