Frommer's? Japan Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Full Size) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/3/27
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Map your own adventure.
Japan Day by Day is the perfect answer for travelers who want to know the best places to visit and the best way to see the Land of the Rising Sun.
- Packed with 107 detailed full-color maps and more than 700 full-color photos
- 83 regional and city itineraries that will help you maximize your time while touring the country's top sights. Tour the Tokyo’s top museums, the subculture of Osaka, Hiroshima's Peace Park, brave the arctic winds of Hokkaido, or just relax on the Okinawan Islands.
- Our authors, longtime Japan experts, hit all the highlights, from the top temples and castles to more offbeat destinations like Tokyo's fish market, Jigokudani's snow-monkey hot springs, or Naruto’s whirlpools. They've checked out all of the country's best hotels and restaurants in person, and offer authoritative, candid reviews that will help you find the choices that suit your tastes and budget.
- You'll also get coverage of shopping and nightlife in the major cities; a full chapter on Japan’s rich history and culture, information on special-interest tours, and advice on planning a successful Japanese vacation.
- The cultural "Spotlight" sections take a closer look at the most compelling aspects of Japanese culture and include how to drink sake, the history of the samurai, and a crib sheet on contemporary Japanese writers.
- Frommer's Japan Day by Day also includes a color fold-out map.
Spotlight on Japan
Complete coverage of Japan's history and culture begins on page 506. The following features take a closer look at the most compelling aspects of Japanese culture.
Master of the "Floating World" (page 138): The life and times of Katsushika Hokusai, the iconic illustrator and manga originator
Samurai Spirits (page 166):Profiles of swordsmen superheroes from a bygone era
Meet the Mascots (page 228): "Kawaii!" A guide to the cute characters that represent Japan
Brew of the Gods (page 258): Sake, Japan's most delectable liquid asset, explained
Ghosts & Goblins (page 294): Get down and dirty with creepy-crawlies from centuries of folklore
Holy Houses (page 326): A primer to understanding the ins and outs of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines
Down the Hatch (page 362): Drink, eat, and be merry in izakayasJapan's own gastropubs
A Home for All Seasons (page 426): Form marries function in traditional homes from the Edo Era
Fathers of the Modern Novel (page 530): A who's who of Japanese postwar literary masters
1) It's HEAVY. I like guidebooks that can be taken around with you during the day so if plans change you have a reference but because this one is entirely printed on magazine paper its incredibly heavy! Many days we were traveling I considered leaving it behind because its usefulness to weight ratio was not working for me. Which brings me to my next point...
2) The information in it was not really that helpful. The sections seem very random and lots of things that are mentioned (outside of the day by day guides of things to do) are no where on the maps. So it makes it hard to figure out where to insert other things that interest you.
3) The maps are TERRIBLE. Because it's broken into these day to day itineraries there are no cohesive maps of a place. We decided to do some things in Kyoto from day 1 and day 2 in one day but figuring out the maps was almost impossible (and I'm really good with maps).
4) Inconsistently includes addresses or signs in Japanese so if you're lost or looking for something there is no way to show someone and point or play a fun character matching game.
So if getting accurate information with good maps and portability are important to you in a guide avoid avoid avoid. Ironically I also have the Korea guide (not day by day) and found it amazing and light and useful...