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Sometimes useful, but pales compared to online resources
on 29 May 2012
I got this as an offline resource for when traveling around Japan for two weeks, and especially wanted it for its maps, food and store recommendations, and history sections.
The way the sections are organized can be confusing, and there was a lot of time wasted flipping through sections in order to find the right information for the right area. I used tabs to help, and even then it proved difficult to find things quickly. The index isn't much help.
Many of the "getting there" and local travel information sections are vague and unclear - wikitravel online does a far better job. Using them both in conjunction was definitely necessary. Local area maps were confusing, and, especially in places like Tokyo, where addresses are done differently than in the West, and the maps are near useless at times. If you do get this book, you must get local area maps as well from tourist information, because the book itself is not useful for navigation, and is only good for general city layout.
The restaurant recommendations were often out of date, or surprisingly pricy.
Is this a perfect guidebook? Definitely not. It does the job, and is best a supplement for other travel resources. Its not ideal for budget travelers, or for people who travel light. But, it does a decent basic job, and is best used as a general inspiration guide to places to visit.