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Lonely Planet Hiking in Japan (Travel Guide) Paperback – 21 Aug 2009
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* Outdated information
* Dangerous suggestions
* Underestimated hiking times
* Very few short hikes for day-hikers
There is very little in here you can't work out just by using Google Maps at home, and with the horrendous inaccuracies in the book I can't help but feel this is what the writers have done. I realise that updating a book that would take a whole year to actually hike might take a whole year, but off you go; do the hikes. That's what we're paying the purchase price for: your expertise.
The idea is that you do these things then tell us about them so that the information is accurate. That's why guidebooks are supposed to be written by experts. Instead Lonely Planet are putting out more and more books which are just not-very-updated versions of rehashes of inaccurate, outdated, and downright incorrect books from well over ten years ago. Obviously it's cheaper that way, but really it's just a swindle, isn't it folks?
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Case in point: at the end of Tanigawadake hike when you come out at Tsuchitaru exit there is no way to get near the service area on the highway which I was counting on to get food and call a taxi at the end of the hike. I felt that the schedules for getting there and back are rather general and not researched enough. It's clear a Japanese person was never part of this project and that parts of this book felt like they were google translated, never checked before going to
Print by the writer as some parts of the hikes I did we're back to front or in a muddled up order.
Only buy to get an idea of the hikes available but thoroughly research the total hike by yourself and BEWARE that hiking in Japan is incredibly tough and very vertical. You need super tough Quad muscles for hiking in Japan.