This book was reviewed on the ABC radio program ‘Overnights with Rod Quinn’ as part of my Christmas special. The podcast of the review is available under the ‘Podcasts’ tab if you want to hear the full review (:
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book before my upcoming trip to Japan and I was able to use the book while I was in Tokyo. So this review is first hand experience. I also spoke to Jane Lawson, who is an expert on all things Japan!
A before and after review to correspond with my upcoming trip to Tokyo. I’ve also included a few snaps from my trip while I was trying out some of the walks (:
This travel book has a less formal approach compared to a Lonely Planet or a DK travel guide. It focuses on breaking Tokyo up into the famous districts, it then tells you a little bit about them and the gives a suggested walk with corresponding pictures.
Visually this is an incredibly appealing book and the personal detail provided by Lawson gives the book a special feeling of being unique and almost reads like a blog post
A small portion of the book is dedicated to the standard ‘Where to Stay’ and ‘Useful Phrases’ and other useful tips and tricks
The walking directions are very detailed and specific. Due to the constant changing of the Tokyo landscape (there’s an enormous amount of infrastructure constantly going on in the city) this book was already slightly out of date with some of the routes.
An introductory guide to Tokyo, it’s informative without being overwhelming. It allows you to capture your own impression of the city and make it your own trip