Exploring Kyoto: On Foot in the Ancient Capital (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/4/1
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"Exploring Kyoto, by long-term Kyoto resident Judith Clancy, is an excellent guide to exploring Kyoto on foot." - Chris Rowthorne, Lonely Planet Japan, 2003商品の説明をすべて表示する
After accompanying the Mrs to some shops near Kyomizu, which was about as jammed as Disneyland on a summer day, I struck out on my own.
The bus directions were impeccable and I got to the starting point with no problems. I spent the next four hours strolling from amazing temple to amazing temple and got through about half the itinerary. During that time I probably saw 25 people and maybe three of them were tourists. Quite a contrast to the big-name temples that are on everyone's must-see list.
We're heading back this fall and I see the library doesn't have the book anymore. So I've ordered my own copy and am already looking forward to a few more walks that will make for lifelong memories.
Clancy's book is comprehensive, containing some 290 pages and over 30 images to support the descriptions of 30 walking routes covering Kyoto's sites and attractions. These routes cover all the major attractions, such as Kiyomizudera, Ginkakuji and Daisen'in, just to name a few. It also covers 'other' attractions such as the Kyoto Handicraft Museum and Umekoji Locomotive Museum.
The text is difficult to fault, given the detailed nature of the walking routes Clancy describes. Clancy's text is thoroughly researched, supported by the knowledge and information gleaned from her own lengthy stay in Kyoto and that of her colleagues, fellow tourist writer/s, local residents and local commerce operators.
The walking tour maps are simple line drawings, the use of which is integrated with the text. For example, turn right here, walk toward 'x' and similar instructions. No other comments can be made here; the usefulness of the maps will be disclosed when they are used walking the various routes in Kyoto shortly.
The images are all black and white, and the greatest criticism of the book. They often illustrate more obscure attractions referred to in the text, and thus they do not support the text and are of limited use (hence only giving the book four stars). I find that use of the internet to source pictures of the various attractions you are reading about alleviated these shortcomings though.
In closing, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking at doing sightseeing in Kyoto. Overall this book is infinately better than Lonely Planet Japan/ Kyoto in identifying the attractions and the history beind them. Make sure you source your own pictures though!