Being in the military and stationed in Japan can be troublesome to say the least. Especially when it comes to getting around outside of the local area and doing things that you love to do like hiking, backpacking, and camping. Paul's book really packs a lot into a small book that you can stick in your pack without taking up much room. I was estatic to find someone who talked about Northern Japan, where I am stationed. The "back country" of Japan is often overlooked especially the Northern region. Paul really enlighten's readers about what to do and what not to do while in this beautiful, yet geologically unstable country. There is nothing like going to a Japanese Onsen, hot bath, after a long day of hiking to soothe the body and Paul has illustrated the location of many of these fountains of youth. Maybe Paul can muster up the time and energy to write a new edition of this must have for Japanese travelers. I will recommend this book to all my hiking buddies, Japanese and American!