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Best of Tokyo (Lonely Planet Best of ...) Paperback – 1 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741041767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741041767
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 10.9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,407,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 6 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
In the excitement of my trip to Tokyo earlier this year, I brought about 5 guidebooks, and this one is the only one I actually took around with me in my pocket while I was there!
The Discovery Inside guide to Tokyo and the Dorling Kindersley guides contained more images and greater in-depth info, but are a lot bigger and heavier. This book is a great size, and is great for finding what you want to know, and fast. The maps (particularly the subway maps) are really easy to access and understand when youre on the go.
Whe youre out and about, you find that you dont have time to find a specific page in a hefty book or unfold a huge map - this book contains just the right amount of info in a very convenient package.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashna Vaghela on 15 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I definately recommend this book to all future travellers to Tokyo!! It includes an English map on the first page - no need to flick through in the middle of the station or platform! Also, gives highlights of Tokyo - giving clear instructions on how to get there and the cost! A very handy book to keep with you - its not too thick and bulky either! States Tips for Travelling in Tokyo, including women travellers & vegeterians! Long lists of resturants and the best spot to pick up a nice bag or electronics! EXCELLENT BOOK! Definatley Recomend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheTechy on 20 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
I usually buy the top ten guides by eyewitness but they didn't have one for Tokyo so I went for this one instead - glad I did now. The guide is very easy to read and gives places to see/eat etc.. in a nice handy sized book. The subway map was a lifesaver and if you are like me and can't be bothered reading lengthy text just to find out where to go then I will definitely recommend this guide. This guide helped us find our way in Tokyo and made our holiday most enjoyable.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Nice maps, but not much else. 29 Sept. 2005
By mcsidious - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a super-condensed version of the Tokyo chapter from Lonely Planet Japan with some extra info added by author Wendy Yanagihara.

I honestly cannot find any reason to recommend this book beyond its small size and fold-out color maps, although if you are going to Tokyo for a short business trip it might help. Although I like Lonely Planet's guides, this one is rather inadequate in that it spends too much time discussing Japanese culture and history and wastes too much space on big pictures instead of cramming that space with more useful information such as phone numbers, websites, and travel information (which is confined to a very small space in the back of the book). Culture and history are important things in Japan, but the amount of space given to them in this book defeats the purpose of this guide.

In other words, buy the most recent issue of the Lonely Planet Japan Guide if you're planning a trip to or employment in Japan. If you really love Tokyo above all else you can substitute the Lonely Planet Tokyo guide. Either one has plenty of information about everyone's favorite megalopolis. As for the maps, you can do without them simply by asking your hotel or the average large information desk (especially at Narita Airport) for maps of the Tokyo Metro and JR lines.

Author Yanagihara, while of Japanese ancestry, has a gee-whiz-wow attitude about everything. At times she seems to have less experience in Tokyo than the average English-language school employee. She certainly means well, but the result is a less than stellar guide - however, I get the impression her editors may be most at fault. Perhaps most unfortunate is the guide's invitation for inexperienced visitors to Japan to get lost - that is, to visit places like Kamakura, Nikko, and Fuji without providing any maps of the areas or decent advice on how to get there. There are other errors such as listing the Tokyo Monorail as the only way to access Haneda Airport, but Keikyu and Keisei Railways provide faster service to a more convenient station (Shinagawa). This should not be the case in a guide like this.

If you want a easy-to-carry guide to Tokyo, this will do. For any info beyond that, look for Lonely Planet Japan and Lonely Planet Tokyo.

Update (October 2007): I paged through the guide again recently and came upon this quote describing the Edo-Tokyo Museum:

"...this wonderful museum illustrates Tokyo's rise from the humble riverside origins of Edo (the Eastern capital) to today's fast forward futuristic metropolis."

It's bad enough that Yanagihara and (worse) her editors don't seem to know that Tokyo, not Edo, means "Eastern Capital." The fact that the main Lonely Planet Japan guide correctly describes the name means that someone at LP isn't doing the proofreading they should be, especially as Yanagihara is a contributor to the main guide. An oversight this bad ruins the credbility of "Best of Tokyo" and is a disappointing exception to LP's otherwise high quality.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Some problems with this one 11 Oct. 2005
By J. Frank - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been using Lonely Planet books for years and am surprised that it would turn out a guide as skimpy and shoddily written as this. The maps are useful, but the text's author, Wendy Yanagihara, seems to be unfamiliar with (or unable to get a sense of) Tokyo's character and its people. Yanagihara seems more bemused than informed, and one can only wonder why she was hired to write about a complex metropolis that she does not seem to understand. I agree with the reader above about the Lonely Planet Japan and Lonely Planet Tokyo guides -- both are good. I'd add another to the list: Time Out Tokyo, which surpasses anything Lonely Planet has yet produced as a guide to Tokyo.
Japanese-level Efficiency 2 July 2008
By Richard Chen - Published on
Format: Paperback
The sheer efficiency of the density of information in this book is its most memorable trait. It distills the conventional Lonely Planet guide for Tokyo into its most essential name, address, number, category format with the same usual glossy, pretty artwork and layout. The guide takes only the best and none of the chaffe, enabling you to have the most essential and best guidance on you in a portable format. The categorization and writing style are uniquely Lonely Planet. The artwork and sheer amount of information makes this guide worth buying versus summarizing and jotting down the same yourself from the larger Tokyo guide.
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