Travel Guide Books Japan

Travel Guide Book Japan - What to read before you go

 

‘Japan intrigues in a way no other country does. It has a unique ability to embrace the present without discarding the past. From Zen Buddhism to robotics, the island country’s traditions, technology and creativity are inspiring and exciting. Whether you enjoy sushi and sake, or manga and anime, the richness of the culture and the hospitality of the people make visiting the “Land of the Rising Sun” a rewarding experience.’ (Rough Guide to Japan)

Travelling to Japan? Here are our recommended travel guidebooks & maps to help you get the most of your adventure.

Best for first-time travellers to Japan

9781786570352 - Travel Guide Books Japan
Lonely Planet Japan

Highlights:

  • Aussie’s most trusted travel guide publisher – the first guidebook Aussies grab when planning a trip.
  • Packed with information like transport and accommodation options, detailed maps, what to see and how to do it.
  • Inspirational photos.
  • Suggested itineraries
  • Covers the whole of the country

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Best for travellers on a tour group

DK Eyewitness Travel Japan
DK Eyewitness Travel Japan

Highlights:

  • A weighty book compared to most other guidebooks, making it more of a pre-planning guide rather than one you might throw into your backpack or suitcase. It also has less logistical information (such as accommodation and transport connections) than Lonely Planet. But if you’re on a tour and someone else is handling all the logistical stuff (and even moving your bags around) then this is the perfect guidebook for you.
  • DK Eyewitness guides are strong on visuals – packed with incredible photos, 3D cutaways of landmark buildings and sites, illustrations make this a wonderful guidebook to refer to on your journey and to keep coming back to when you’re home.

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Best for train travellers

Japan by Rail
Japan by Rail

The best way to travel around Japan is with the Japan Rail Pass. With this pass you can travel on some of the fastest trains in the world as often as you like for as long as you please. Use this comprehensive guide in conjunction with a rail pass to get the most out of a trip to Japan.

Highlights:

  • Practical information - planning your trip; suggested itineraries; what to take; getting to Japan
  • City guides and maps - where to stay, where to eat, what to see in 30 towns and cities; historical and cultural background
  • Kilometre-by-kilometre route guides - covering train journeys from the coast into the mountains, from temple retreat to sprawling metropolis; 34 route maps
  • Railway schedules - Bullet trains and all routes in this guide
  • Customs, etiquette, Japanese phrases

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Best for foodies

Rice, Noodle, Fish
Rice, Noodle, Fish : Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture

Highlights:

  • Part travel guide, part cultural celebration, this is the perfect book for anyone obsessed with food (and aren't we all!). Celebrated traveller and writer, Matt Goulding, navigates the intersection between food, history and culture.
  • Organised into seven key regions, Rice, Noodle, Fish explores Japan's most intriguing culinary disciplines in an informative, intelligent, jovial manner. From the kaiseki of Kyoto and sushi masters of Tokyo, to the street food of Osaka and the ramen of Fukuoka, Rice, Noodle, Fish contains countless facts you never knew and would never have guessed.
  • It’s a wonderfully detailed, artful book that will have you appreciating your Japanese adventure that much more.

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Best for bar-hoppers

Drinking Japan
Drinking Japan: A Guide to Japan's Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments

Highlights:

  • Part travel guide, part cultural celebration, this is the perfect book for anyone obsessed with food (and aren't we all!). Celebrated traveller and writer, Matt Goulding, navigates the intersection between food, history and culture.
  • Organised into seven key regions, Rice, Noodle, Fish explores Japan's most intriguing culinary disciplines in an informative, intelligent, jovial manner. From the kaiseki of Kyoto and sushi masters of Tokyo, to the street food of Osaka and the ramen of Fukuoka, Rice, Noodle, Fish contains countless facts you never knew and would never have guessed.
  • It’s a wonderfully detailed, artful book that will have you appreciating your Japanese adventure that much more.

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