- Paperback: 848 pages
- Publisher: Rough Guides; 5 edition (1 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848366159
- ISBN-13: 978-1848366152
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rough Guide to Japan Paperback – 1 Feb 2011
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This is not simply because of their users rarity, but because the coverage seems to be so much more in depth. I have just moved to Japan and in my first 6 months here I have been as much a tourist as a resident and a travel guide has been useful. What I do now have though is a local knowledge of my part of Japan (Southern Kyushu) that goes beyond a travel guide so I think I have a good perspective on guides` coverage of this part of Japan.
I have to say that Lonely Planet is a little too trendy for its own good. It seems its coverage of the big cities is pretty much spot on, but get beyond the suburbs and it starts to become scanty. Rough Guide on the other hand maybe fails a little in the cities, but comes up trumps in the `real` areas of Japan.
I live in one of the more remote, traditional and frankly bizarre areas in Japan (Kagoshima) but LP has hardly any coverage of this area. A good example of Rough Guide`s superiority is its entry on an Island near me called Yakushima. It has been declared a world heritage site because of the `Land That Time Forgot` style rain forests and cedar trees several thousands of years old. LP has only a single paragraph while RG stretches to a few pages with travel and accomodation hints.Read more ›
Perhaps one of the great joys of being in Japan is sampling the wealth of cuilinary delights on offer. But the Guide seems to list (especially in Tokyo) many Western-based food outlets. Yet the Guide also provides the statistic of 60,000 restaurants existing in Tokyo, compared to a tenth of that in New York, and less in London. Yet very few Japanese Restaurants are listed. Of course, there are language difficulties for guijin (foreigners) ordering from a Japanese restaurant, but it is not an impossible prospect (by the way, if you get a chance to try Horse-meat sashimi (I`m serious!), put back your reservations and try it - very delicious).
The Guide`s summarised coverage of a country`s history is usually a concise and precise affair, and this book is no exception. But I felt where some of the important historical sights were mentioned inside the book, that the authors seemed to skip over some of the details. Now obviously Japan has such a huge cultural diversity that it would be impractical to list the finer details of every historical site.Read more ›
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Published in February 2011, the Rough Guide to Japan is a comprehensive guidebook offering tourist tips and suggestions (including basic Japanese phrases and etiquette) and... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2014 by I Read, Therefore I Blog
Bought an earlier edition of this guide when visiting Japan in 2000, and needed this updated version for a planned visit this coming autumn. Read morePublished on 24 July 2014 by Max M
Clear and consice, covers all basis and has really good tips for options if you are short on time. Would definitely recommend it but then again I have found over the years that I... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by LR Nutt
Having had a quick scan through it, the only thing I could criticise it for (so far) is that museums neither appear to listed under 'M' in the general index, nor in the individual... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by davido6552
I bought this Guide on a kindle, which explains my disappointment. Finding one's way around a Guide on Kindle is extremely confusing. The search engines - i.e. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by P.A.,Fanning
We thought this book was so useless, we left it at a hostel in japan and carried on with the local guides given by the tourist office.. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Nil Desperandum
Generally quite good in descriptions. Maps are not very informative. Very good first time read on Japan. Shall use it before my trip in October.Published on 15 May 2013 by Ases Sengupta