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Frommer's Japan Day by Day (Frommer′s Day by Day – Full Size) Paperback – 23 Mar 2012
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From the Back Cover
Map your adventure
Plan a trip that suits your interests. Follow our recommended itineraries or mix & match to create your own. Explore a region in depth or hit the highlights. With Frommer′s Day by Day guides, the choice is yours.
81 self–guided tours with maps that show how to get from place to place
Hundreds of photos, plus engaging insights on history and culture
Detailed reviews of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife
Full–sized foldout map of Japan in a handy plastic envelope
About the Author
Spotlight on Japan
Complete coverage of Japan′s history and culture begins on page 506. The following features take a closer look at the most compelling aspects of Japanese culture.
Master of the "Floating World" (page 138): The life and times of Katsushika Hokusai, the iconic illustrator and manga originator
Samurai Spirits (page 166):Profiles of swordsmen superheroes from a bygone era
Meet the Mascots (page 228): "Kawaii!" A guide to the cute characters that represent Japan
Brew of the Gods (page 258): Sake, Japan′s most delectable liquid asset, explained
Ghosts & Goblins (page 294): Get down and dirty with creepy–crawlies from centuries of folklore
Holy Houses (page 326): A primer to understanding the ins and outs of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines
Down the Hatch (page 362): Drink, eat, and be merry in izakayasJapan′s own gastropubs
A Home for All Seasons (page 426): Form marries function in traditional homes from the Edo Era
Fathers of the Modern Novel (page 530): A who′s who of Japanese postwar literary masters
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Not surprisingly, the book kicks off with Tokyo and Mount Fuji. You'll find the prerequisite mention of the ninja museum, along with cormorant fishing on the Kiso River (I didn't get to witness this firsthand, unfortunately!). I lived quite close to Nagoya, and their suggested sites are quite good (Nagoya Castle, Tokugawa art museum and gardens, Noritake Garden, Nagoya Aquarium, Atsuta Jingu). Frommer's seemed to focus on smaller cities that I didn't see listed in the other guidebooks I used around Japan (Fodor's Japan (Full-color Travel Guide),The Rough Guide to Japan (Rough Guide Japan)). Some of their restaurant suggestions were interesting (falafel and Italian in the ancient capital of Nara, for example). I would have liked to see more space devoted to Kyoto, but each city generally only gets two or three pages of suggested sites with the exception of Tokyo and Osaka. Also, the editing could have been improved; the numerous sidebars and inserts frequently broke up text and made the book feel disjointed and cluttered.
The most glaring omission, as other reviewers have mentioned, was that of Takayama in the Japan Alps. It's included on all the maps, but nary a mention of Gero (a famous spa town), Takayama (famous for its sake breweries and traditional wooden townhouses), or Shirakawa-go (famous for its towering thatched-roof farmhouses). It's too bad, since Takayama in particular has an astounding collection of Art Nouveau glassware by Tiffany, Daum, Galle, etc. and Art Nouveau furniture.
From my own experiences traveling around Japan, I preferred Fodor's Japan (Full-color Travel Guide) for its background on important sites and The Rough Guide to Japan (Rough Guide Japan) for its off-the-beaten path suggestions and activities (I located several great cooking classes and activities this way); Japan Day by Day is serviceable, but it felt too cluttered and difficult to navigate for quickly locating a city and its sights.
There are loads of useful tips for you`re visit. I have been to Japan before and this is by far the best book that I have had. It is well made, and printed and fits perfectly into your bag. I dont know how they got so much info in such a handy size book.
This guide offers many suggested itineraries broken down by day count, which are best used by the reader as a guide of what to see in certain areas rather than as a guide to be followed like unadventurous sheep. Also, a great approach with this Frommer's guide is the categorisation of places to see/things to do... You'll be able to find things by 'history' or 'shopping' etc. It's better than the Lonely Planet approach of just listing attractions by destination without an overall approach!
The book, I have found as I haven't yet been to Japan, is that it makes a good coffee table book to be read from the comfort of your own home. It's certainly not a pocket guide book given its size but could be carried around in your backback easily enough.
This book is definitely worth a read if you're looking to take a trip to Japan one day. Recommended.
Matt Alt, Hiroko Yoda & Melinda Joe
Amongst the many different guide books available , Frommer's focus on providing itineraries which can be followed " as is" or customised to suit one's needs. Their new series of "day by day" guides are now covering a wide area of the world
Japan has had a varied recent press having experienced one of the world's most violent earthquakes with the subsequent Tsunami and the leakages from the crippled nuclear plant at Fukushima. It remains, for the most part a safe and fascinating country (group of islands)
This is a relatively compact 590 page book with 81 self guided tours with individual maps (and a separate maps of the islands) covering the whole of Japan (all islands) and offshore.
The usual main towns , accommodation , restaurants and key sites/sights are covered - in addition there are short features covering uniquely Japanese culture like Manga and anime as well as historical Samurai and Ninja culture , food , alcoholic drinks and history.
Separate itineraries are suggested for those with only a few days available and also those who wish to progress around at a leisurely pace.
In any guide there is an element of selection - particularly in the special interest section and there will be some elements omitted. However I noted there were more inclusions rather than exclusions and both islands were covered in more detail than my current guidebook. I found it to be a fascinating collection of information - even managing to include some "off the beaten track" recommendations on all of the Islands
As a single introduction to Japan -with sensible suggestions as to itineraries depending on your time available - I found this to be a winner. There may be better books if you are purely interested in restaurants and accommodation in detail but for me the balance was right in this book.
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