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5.0 out of 5 stars Japan for all, 6 Nov 2002
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Donald McFrump (The Lake District, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Japan by Rail (Paperback)
After travelling extensively in Japan, I soon found that the only way of really efficiently getting from A to B (or from Osaka to Kyoto as the case may be) was to use Mr. Zarifeh's book on the rail system in that country. Really, from every perspective it certainly takes one's breath away that a rail system (certainly compared to ours at home!) can simply operate seemingly without any hitches whatsoever. To close, I simply have to recommend to all who travel to japan using Mr. Zarifeh's book, that they make a point of visiting a Mr. Akira Sirai at the Ooigawa Railway Company, a steam railway set in the hilly region of Kanaya nr. Shizuoka. Mr. Sirai will enlighten his guests for hours on the ways of rail travel as it used to be! A rare treat to see old Japanese locomotives getting up a bit of steam!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Japan by Rail, 9 Sep 2002
This review is from: Japan by Rail (Paperback)
Very practical advice on the best way to travel in Japan. The rail network is so punctual in Japan, you can almost set you watch by it. This book covers all the main cities and more, and even tells you which side of the train to sit while travelling to get the best views.
Japan is a very safe place to travel and this book reflects that openess and helps you get off the beaten track to explore.
Make sure you read the cultural tips before setting off, although foreigners are often not expected to know -it is only polite to try, so here are some useful hints.
Even if you are an armchair traveller, it is quite insightful to read this book.
sayonara,
M.Batty.
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Japan by Rail by Ramsey Zarifeh (Paperback - 1 Dec 2001)
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