Sunday 18 October 2020

Book Review: Japan - A Guidebook to Special Places by Sato Takashi (Travel Guide/Photo Book)

Title: Japan - A Guidebook to Special Places
Author: Sato Takashi
Publisher: Mamukai Books Gallery
Publication Date: 2019
eBook - PDF
Genre: Travel Guide / Photo Book
Source: ARC via NetGalley

This travel guide doubles as a beautiful photo album, featuring truly hidden gems in the less traveled countryside of Japan. The author, Takashi Sato, is a landscape photographer who has traveled to all 47 prefectures to capture the many faces of Japan on film. Page after page, the author guides you to some of the most special places. This book is full of useful information for planning your visit to Japan, with detailed information on getting around on trains, buses, cars, and domestic flights. There is also a companion website for updated information, easily accessible by QR codes included in the book.


I was supposed to visit Japan for the first time this month, but obviously COVID-19 ruined those plans. Therefore, when I saw this book listed on NetGalley I knew I wanted to read it. Most of my planned activities revolved around Tokyo, so what I enjoyed most about this book was its suggestions for heading off the beaten track. Each entry contains an overview of the recommended area, the best time to go there, and a note on transportation/getting there, with stunning photos showing you what you can expect to see. Meanwhile, the final pages contain general information and tips on travelling around Japan and some suggested itineraries. This is certainly a beautiful book, and a useful one if you want to see Japan's natural beauty and head out of the major cities. Here and there I would have liked a little more practical information, but those kinds of details can easily be found online, so this is only the most minor of complaints about an otherwise excellent publication. 4.5 stars from me that I will round up to 5.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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