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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Time Out (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846701295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846701290
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 10.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Time Out Shortlist Kyoto covers all the major sights and will take you straight to the latest venues, restaurants and bars

About the Author

Founded in 1968, Time Out has grown from humble beginnings into the leading resource for anyone wanting to know what's happening in the world's greatest cities. Alongside our influential weeklies in London, New York, Chicago and Dubai, we publish more than 20 magazines in cities as varied as Beijing and Beirut; a range of travel books, with City Guides now joined by pocket-sized Shortlist series; and an information-packed website. The company remains proudly independent, still owned by Tony Elliott four decades after he launched Time Out London. Written by local experts, and illustrated with original photography, our books also retain their independence. No business has been featured because it has advertised, and all restaurants and bars are visited and reviewed anonymously.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on 9 Oct 2010
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It was a handy pocket guide for a two day stay in Kyoto. The only issue I had was that on a couple of occasions I looked in the book for information and the book just gave website addresses! For instance the book mentions how useful the bus network is in Kyoto but when you try to find a map it directs you to a website. As the book is updated yearly I can't see how hard it would be to include the bus routes on one of the map pages.
It did have a good layout with places listed by area although I did also find it missed a couple of attractions out (that I found by chance). Restaurants were good once found - I think the book would benefit from describing the location of some places with a bit more detail (e.g. one restaurant was just a door - I walked past it at first. If it was in the book that the entrance was an easy to miss door I'd have looked for that instead of shop front).
Book size, good amount of content. Would recommend again if you are in town for a few days at a time and want to see the main parts with a bit of self-exploration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wolf bain on 4 May 2014
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very small pocket size directory has a good pull out map and is full of basic knowledge of where to go and what to see ib Kyoto it would be of greater help with bus details but found overall thats its well worth the asking price.
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By Susan R. on 5 Oct 2014
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Great little book with all I needed for my time in Kyoto. Lightweight so easy to carry around .
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good recomendations, bad directions 2 Dec 2009
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I bought this travel guide to Kyoto because it was one of the only smaller guides I found. It had some great recommendations for restaurants/etc, and I like the best of feature at the beginning. However, the directions were horrible and the maps lacked details. I found myself wandering around or asking directions more than once. One time I couldn't even find a store! So if I was going back to Kyoto again with this book, I would probably buy/look up some supplementary maps online.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Worst guide ever 7 Jan 2010
By Andreas Strebinger - Published on Amazon.com
This is, from my perspective and for my purposes, the worst travel guide I ever bought. The major world heritage sites are described in just one paragraph each, exactly the same amount of information as is given for each petty bar and cafe in the city (and that's dozens if not hundreds). Given the low quality of the english guides which you can buy at these sites themselves (huge pics of what you can see anyway plus one or two pieces of information mostly describing what you can see, e.g., "the shrine is 26.9 meters in width and 6.5 meters in height"), having bought this guide left me with almost no information on the cultural and historical background of the sites I was visiting. Btw, there are no guided tours in english in Kyoto, probably due to the fact that almost no Japanese at major Japanese world heritage sites speaks a decent English. Major information was lacking in this guide (e.g., closures around New Year), details simply incorrect (I tried two phone numbers, one for a restaurant, one for the major museum, both wrong). Without guessing you wouldnt be able to find even the one paragraph about some of the major sites at all, as the index is cursory (many sites missing) or uses the Japanese names (e.g. gosho instead of Imperial palace). The structure of the book based on the quarters of the city requires you to know where to find what in advance, as there is no overview plan. There are hardly any pics of the word heritage sites, but a whole lot of (paid?) pics of bars and hotels in the guide. The maps do not enable you to find sites quickly, the subway and bus stations are not on the maps. Overall, if you are in Kyoto to go to bars and restaurants, this guide is your choice. If you rather go there to see and understand the major historical sites, stay away from this guide!
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