Sunday 17 November 2019

Book Review: Lonely Planet Best of Japan (Non-Fiction/Travel)

Title: Lonely Planet Best of Japan
Author: Various
Lonely Planet

Publication Date: 2017
Borrowed from the Library


Lonely Planet Best of Japan is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. See traditional geisha in Kyoto, hike up Mt Fuji, or shop around the clock in Tokyo; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Japan and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Best of Japan:
  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, onsen, ryokan, customs, etiquette

The Best of Japan is a good introductory text. I am planning my first-ever trip to Japan, and this book gave me an excellent overview of the cities/areas, which has helped me decide where I want to concentrate my time on this first visit. Being a "best of" guide, there is some depth of information missing in a few areas. However, those are things I can now check online, armed with a basic knowledge of what I would like to see and do. I plan to follow up this reading with a guide just for Tokyo, but this was a worthwhile book to skim through in the earliest planning stages. Recommended for first-time visitors looking to cover the basics fast.

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