Tuesday 5 May 2020

Book Review: Tokyo by Wide & Mackintosh (Travel/Culture/Non-Fiction)

Title: Tokyo
Author: Wide & Mackintosh
Publication Date: 2018
Review Copy from Publisher


Visiting Tokyo, whether for the first, second or hundredth time, is a life-changing experience. As a city, it's dynamic, exciting and resolutely individual - a mesmerising and unrivalled parade of fashion, design, architecture, and high culture experiences and, of course, the best pop culture in the world. It's also a city of fascinating contrasts; whether you're standing in the middle of the Shibuya scramble, a blur of pedestrians rushing by, or standing before a small shrine, quiet and contemplative, you will feel Tokyo's intensity.

This stunning travel and cultural guide is a celebration of the roots and the marvels of contemporary Tokyo. It's a tightly curated list of must-see places and experiences and must-do walks as well as the authors' tried-and-tested favourites. It's for people who want to get an up close and personal look at the real Tokyo - the food, the crafts, the hidden finds, the architectural marvels, where to go to get into the thick of it and where to go to escape the madness. 

Tokyo is a delight from cover to cover. This book combines tourist tips with cultural information, accompanies by tons of gorgeous images and a stunning layout. Although I have read a few Japan/Tokyo travel guides before, I still picked up some new ideas from this one, as it focused on areas and ideas the others hadn't really mentioned. This is not a book suitable for someone looking for hotel suggestions or information on how to get to the city from the airport, but if you want to get deep into Tokyo's culture while also learning of quirky things to see, eat and do, then this is the book for you. It's definitely a work I will want to dip back into again and again, especially when travel opens up again and I can finally make it on my delayed trip to Japan.

I received this book as a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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