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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs, 4 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Time Out Tokyo 6th edition (Paperback)
I am a Time Out London subscriber since a few years ago. I do enjoy their fresh and up-to-date view on the events and attractions of the city, as well as their thoughtful comments on many articles. That is the reason why I feel that I have been cheated.
Using the TimeOut brand for such a poor quality guide just gets on my nerves. I have other guides from TimeOut, and they are ok, even good. But this one should have never made its way to the shelves.
Not only has it a very short and poor list of attractions for every area of Tokyo, but it also lacks the most basic information.
It should suffice to say that:
1) It does not even have the Japanese name next to the listing. How are you supposed to ask anyone in Tokyo about that place??. Ridiculous
2) The maps do NOT have the places they mention in the chapter. Yes you read well. They mention a place but you cannot see where it is. I hope you take into account that many of the streets there don't have names, and that the few that do won't have a sign in English that you can read. The maps are incomplete, poor and do not even show where those places are.
3) The information on every area is poor, incomplete and inaccurate compared to any other guide, and the translation probably was not reviewed, because it is awful too.

We wasted long hours of our trip thanks to this awful guide.

Avoid at all costs. I never thought that I would reccomend a Lonely Planet guide, but trust me, you will be much better off with it. It is far from perfect, but at least it will result 1000 times more useful to anyone. It is fairly good and reliable for a foreigner who does not speak Japanese. This guide is just a waste of money and paper.
Shame on you, TimeOut. I will reveiw your guides 3 times before buying any in the future.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2011 19:44:46 GMT
A Googly says:
Interesting to see that the complaints remain the same as when I reviewed an earlier edition seven years ago. I'm going back to Tokyo in a few weeks and will be buying a different guide. What a disappointment!
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