Wikivoyage:Japanese Wikivoyage Expedition

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The Japanese Wikivoyage Expedition (ウィキトラベル日本��版探検 Wikitoraberu nihongo-ban tanken) was an expedition to create a Japanese language version of Wikivoyage. The Japanese Wikivoyage was launched on June 18, 2005.

ウィキトラベル日本語版探検 (Japanese Wikivoyage Expedition ジャパニーズ・ウィキトラベル・エックスペディション)は日本語で書いたウィキトラベルの版を創造するための探検である。 2005年6月18日ウィキトラベル日本語版新登場された。

For more information on Multilingual Wikivoyage Policy, see Project:Language version policy.


Japanese is the main language of Japan, a country of over 100 million people who love to travel and contribute to Wikis. With over 75,000 articles, the Japanese Wikipedia is the 3rd largest Wikipedia by size (after English and German) and there are already several hundred Japan-related articles on the English Wikivoyage.


The Japanese Wikivoyage Expedition has the following goals:

  • To collect a good base of Japanese users willing to take this project further
  • To translate and localize the English Wikivoyage into Japanese.
  • To create quality articles that will appeal to Japanese-speaking travellers.
  • To link these articles to other language versions and create an integrated multilingual Wikivoyage.
  • To empower other language groups to form their own Wikivoyage.
  • To contribute to English Wikivoyage with quality articles about Japan.


  • March 27, 2005: Five contributors reached
  • June 19, 2005: Japanese Wikivoyage launched!


Gathering a team of users[edit]

To get this project started, we need at least 5 Japanese-speaking users willing to contribute to Japanese Wikivoyage. Please add your name below, by editing this page and signing with ~~~~ if you support this project. You must have a valid user account with Wikivoyage.


I agree to forming the Japanese Wikivoyage and am willing to contribute:


Next Steps[edit]

After we have gathered a team of five or more users for Japanese Wikivoyage, the interface localization file will be translated (or modified from the one on Wikipedia), checked for correctness, and then we will vote for a go-between.

The localization file is at Project:LanguageJa.php. For comparison, the English file is at Project:LanguageEn.php. Major things to watch for:

  • Replacing "Wikipedia" with "Wikivoyage"
  • Differences in license policy (GFDL versus CC by-sa)


  •  ウィキペティアよりウィキトラベルであること
  •  ライセンスはGFDLよりCC-by-SAであること

Choosing a go-between[edit]

In order to make a successful, integrated Japanese Wikivoyage, we need to choose one of the five users who put their names down, and make them a go-between. The role of the go-between will be to act as a liaison between English and Japanese Wikipedia, and therefore, he must be able to:

  • Write English and Japanese well
  • Understand Wikivoyage ideals, guidelines, goals and policies
  • Make monthly reports about Japanese Wikivoyage to English Wikivoyage
  • Make monthly reports about English Wikivoyage to Japanese Wikivoyage
  • Contribute actively in Japanese Wikivoyage

The go-between will be chosen the democratic way: via voting

The five candidates for go-between are the users listed below. If you would like to vote one of these people, please put your username next to their name, in the Votes for section. If you would like to make a vote against someone, please write your username next to their name in the Votes against line and then a reason for this. To win, a go-between must have two votes for them, and no votes against them. Only people who nominated themselves under the "Gathering a team" section can vote. And remember, you cannot vote for yourself.


Pick a user who you would like to see as go-between:

Awareness Raising[edit]