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4.0 out of 5 stars
Lonely planet - safe option, 12 Sep 2006
I have just come back from a month long trip to japan, This book saved my behind on many occasions, but without any other guide books on japan to compare this to i will have to give it a 4 star, I found the information to be quite accurate... apart form distances and travel time (on foot) it would say 5 mins east... then 25 mins later in the humid heat and with a 20kg backpack on you arrive at the destination wishing you had taken the bus!
most travelers i met were also using the lonelyplanet guide and found it very useful!
there are very few pictures which leaves you uninspired when looking for things to do in each place! so check things out before you leave for japan
lonely planet is always a safe bet so buy in advance of your travels and make a rough plan... I would reccomend a couple of days in Tokyo and as much time as you can spare in Kyoto and Nara - the 2 most interesting places japan has to offer!
in conclusion - buy this book, i think you will struggle to find a better one for japan!