The Rough Guide to Japan (Rough Guide Japan) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/8/2
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The Rough Guide to Japan is the definitive guide to this intriguing country. Includes coverage of all the sights, from pop-chic Tokyo to the hot springs of Kyushu and the sacred temples of Shikoku. Practical advice on hiking in Hokkaido's national parks, skiing in the Japan Alps and experiencing Tohoku's vibrant festivals. In-depth features on Japanese culture, including art, architecture, music and food.
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This is a really great guide book with a wide selection of things to do in various places. Japan is split into 11 areas which makes it easy to plan a longer vacation. It has great background on a lot of attractions and good recommendations at the beginning of each section. I have always liked the rough guide and I am happy to see including some different sights. Some sights are still a little bare on information but they have tried to make up for it by recommending good internet ...続きを読む ›
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I do think they should consider including much more detail in assisting the reader in locating places when writing a book for English speakers where the country being visited has an entirely different alphabet, it makes a difference.
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In the guide of Japan it is written that Saint Francisco Xavier was Portuguese... Wrong , very wrong.
When you are directed to read a note in this unaccurate guide, it is impossible to go back to the page that you were reading before.
When you open a map there is no way you can read it clearly. It is all blurry on my Ipad.
Should I go on ?
I was a fan of the Rough guides ...until now.
The maps in this book are very helpful, especially on-the-ground when walking around. I have been lost several times and consulted the book to find my way in certain neighborhoods. I also use the maps to find things nearby.
While the book is good at locating important places, no book can tell you how to get from where you are to that place. If you are planning a trip just to Tokyo or across Japan, using train websites like hyperdia.com will be a good aid in planning your trip along with this book.
I purchased this book in the hopes that I could find out about places other than those that were already covered in Lonely Planet Japan. However, place for place it covers almost the exact same ground with about a 95% plus overlap. There are a few hotels/ryokan that are not listed between the two and a few places that are in one but not the other (i.e. Goto Islands in LP but not RG). I was disappointed; not that much is different.
Its strengths lie in its writing style, which is not as abrupt as LP, its maps which are simpler (this can also be a detriment), its context chapter at the end, and its having the area codes on all the telephone numbers (very annoying in LP where you have to find the beginning of the section to find the area code).
Weaknesses include an inconsistent subtitling for basic information. For example, in some chapters, hotels are under "Practicalities" and in others it's under "Accomodations." This slows you down a bit until you get used to it. Another is the hotel pricing system. As anyone who's been around the inexpensive hotels in Japan knows, pricing is done per person, and not per couple (double or twin). Even a "discount double" is often only Y500 less than 2 singles. Many business hotels have very limited twin and double accomodations, being mostly singles (Hotel Hawaii in Akita has over 300 singles but 9 doubles or so). In some ryokan/minshuku rooms, a double price is misleading because if you squeeze a 3rd or 4th person in the room, you pay for each person. A Y5000 per person room is only Y5000 with one person, but Y20,000 with 4. That said, the Rough Guide at least has a few different accomodation listings from Lonely Planet, but not always. Train and bus connections are sometimes hard to find as they are only at the end of main divisions, and not at each destination. I would mark them with post-its or just get a JNTO rail schedule at Narita.
In conclusion, look over the maps and styles, but don't get both the Rough Guide AND the LP Japan; they both fill the same niche in travel books. Pick the one that looks good to you and you'll have a useful tool. If you want the pretty photos and all your hotels and meals are already paid for, you don't need this guide or the LP guide.
November 2012 update (Amazon wouldn't let me review the Kindle edition separately. The above review is about the 2nd edition which is quite old now):
I purchased the Kindle edition in May 2012 to see how using it would be not having to carry a larger paper copy. I tried using it a few times in Japan but just gave up. If you try to find something on your way it's not going to be easy.
1) The navigation is nearly impossible. If you know you want to find a certain temple or place, there is no index or link that will take you there. You have to go to "Kyoto" or "Tokyo" from the ToC and then page through until you (may) find what you're looking for.
2) As stated elsewhere, the maps are nearly unreadable. The "zoom" feature doesn't help.
The clunky navigation and useless graphics make this only a readable book, and not a travel tool. Get the book if you're on the road.
(Lowered to 3 stars due to the almost useless Kindle edition)
The Rough Guide to Japan served us very well on our 2 week holiday in this wonderful country. Like all Rough Guides, the author injected their own personal touch and the listings for restaurants and accommodation proved as helpful and accurate as ever.
With the exception of one small fishing village that didn't live up to the cuteness the author raved on about, everything we did and visited as a result of the guide made our holiday one of the most memorable we have had. I would recommend the guide whole-heartedly to anyone planning a holiday there.