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Tokyo: 29 Walks in the World's Most Exciting City Paperback – 8 Oct 2012
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-Well-illustrated with photos, prints and comprehensive maps, [this is a] cultural guide, dispensing with the usual exhaustive listings of hotels, shops, restaurants and cafes, unless a site is of architectural or historical interest. Beginning with a brief but lucid history of the city, the guide quickly launches into the walks themselves, beginning, aptly enough, with the splendidly restored Tokyo Station.- --Stephen Mansfield, The Japan Times
-We recommend the book not only to first-time visitors of Tokyo, but also to foreign residents who would get a fast overview over the main attractions in and around the capital. An indispensable and invaluable guide!- --Japan Reference blog
"Well-illustrated with photos, prints and comprehensive maps, [this is a] cultural guide, dispensing with the usual exhaustive listings of hotels, shops, restaurants and cafes, unless a site is of architectural or historical interest. Beginning with a brief but lucid history of the city, the guide quickly launches into the walks themselves, beginning, aptly enough, with the splendidly restored Tokyo Station." --Stephen Mansfield, The Japan Times
"We recommend the book not only to first-time visitors of Tokyo, but also to foreign residents who would get a fast overview over the main attractions in and around the capital. An indispensable and invaluable guide!" --Japan Reference blog
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"Tokyo: 29 Walks in the World's Most Exciting City" offers a unique and timeless introduction to one of the world's great cities and perhaps its most exciting one. Presenting 29 easy-to-follow walking tours through and near to Tokyo, it is the only guide to the city that is exclusively a walking guide, and its lively text is full of facts and stories that emphasize the history, culture, architecture, and spirit of the city and its neighborhoods. On foot and by train or subway, it takes you through the most fascinating parts of the modern megalopolis, while making the shogun's city--the Edo of samurai and geisha, merchants and artisans--and the outlines of old Tokyo come alive. Here you will learn about the real last samurai and follow the shifting location of the celebrated pleasure quarters or "floating world" of geisha fame; you'll visit Tokyo's Champ-Elysees and see its newest skyscrapers and futuristic enclaves in Roppongi Hills and Midtown. Along the way, the authors signal points of interest, including museums, temples, shrines, vistas, gardens for quiet meditation, and meccas for lovers of Japanese popular culture and shoppers. From famous historical sites like the Imperial Palace and the Senso-ji temple to unique attractions like the Tsukiji Fish Market or the Japanese Sword Museum (or the Kite or Tobacco and Salt Museums), they offer something for every visitor, while placing it in the context of events that shaped the city and the nation at large. This is a guide that will fascinate both first-time visitors and long-term residents.
Fully up-to-date, this book contains nineteen walks in Tokyo and ten day trips that include Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, and Kawagoe, also known as "Little Edo." It features more than 100 color photos as well as approximately 50 brand-new full-color maps and diagrams of individual sites. It also comes with a full-color pullout map of the Tokyo walking tours.
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The book does a credible job with its topic, certainly better than many of the "best walks" type guides I've seen from other publishers and cities. It has 29 interesting areas in and around Tokyo and does a nice job of describing them with current and historical detail. The maps are especially good (a difficult thing in Tokyo). Overall the content is very well-selected and suggested a few interesting new routes and destinations to me even after so many trips there. And the pull out map was much better than I expected: instead of just being a cheap afterthought, it is a very nicely-printed and thoughtful map that will serve well to give you an decent medium-scale view of everything inside the central loop (Yamanote line).
Of particular note is that the locations and sights chosen are especially good for getting a sense of Tokyo. If you visit even 1/4 of the areas in the book, you will have a great understanding of the city, certainly much better than that of someone who just sees the neon and western hotels.
Still, there are limitations and you should know what you're getting. First, it is nothing more than a guide to the walks. In particular, there is nothing to help you with restaurants, lodging, etc. That's not a big problem, but means that it is not a complete guidebook. Second, the walks are all extremely urban with minor exceptions (e.g., Kamakura). It is not a guide to hiking or nature walks. Again, not a problem but an observation. Tokyo is perhaps the world's most vibrant and exciting city, and this guide is all about the *city* (plus a few day trips).
Third, the book is nicely printed on thick paper with color photos and maps. Unfortunately that brings up the one serious problem: it is surprisingly heavy! When I took it out of the Amazon box my first thought was, "Oh, no, that's WAY too heavy to take along!" I'm still undecided about that, because I only travel with carry ons, and this book would take up the weight of a typical 2-4 other books (such as novels or lightweight travel guides).
As for other books I'd recommend for Tokyo: my personal favorite single guidebook is The Rough Guide to Tokyo. If you will be walking and want to find your way, especially to addresses in Japan, then Tokyo City Atlas: A Bilingual Guide is an absolute necessity. Don't even bother with any of the printed-on-plastic maps, as they are too small to be useful for walking in Tokyo. Get the Atlas and find a way to carry it around (it will fit in a purse or backpack, but not a regular jeans pocket).
Overall I'm satisfied with 29 Walks and would recommend it as the 3rd or 4th book for Tokyo, not first or second, and especially for those who are inveterate city walkers, who love armchair travel, who have been to Tokyo a few times already, or will be there longer than a week and don't mind its weight. Enjoy!
An introductory chapter briefly addresses Tokyo’s heritage; the chapter is short and is by no means a definitive history of that city. Chapter 1 includes six walking tours in Central Tokyo that provide visitors with multiple options to explore history, culture, art, and other sights of interest. The focus of Chapter 2 is Eastern and Northern Tokyo; there are six walking tours there. Chapter 3 addresses Southern Tokyo and includes three walking tours. Chapter 4 concentrates on Western Tokyo and three walking tours. Chapter 5 provides information on six walking tours through Yokahama and Points South. Finally, Chapter 6 wraps up the book with four walking tours through points West, North, and East of Tokyo. An appendix providing Tokyo General Information and an index conclude “Tokyo: 29 Walks in the World’s Most Exciting City”.
Each chapter begins with a detailed two-page map of the tour area. The ensuing discussion leads off listing points of interest on each area’s tour. At the end of each walking tour, an information box provides very brief directions on “Getting There”. Some of the walking tour chapters include a map or maps specific to the particular tour.
“Tokyo: 29 Walks in the World’s Most Exciting City” is quite portable; it is an ideal size – 5 ¼” X 8 ¼” X ¾” - and weight – including the foldout map, 1 lb. 3 ¼ oz. - for travelers. It has a rigid, but slightly flexible cover, and the pages of the book are a slick, heavy paper. My only “complaint” is that, like other tour guides highlighting Japan, the print is a very small font and is not very dark. This makes it difficult for more mature eyes to read easily.
“Tokyo: 29 Walks in the World’s Most Exciting City” is a book I will use extensively to plan my stay in Tokyo and one that will travel with me when I visit that city. Definitely a 5-star guide for travelers!