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Lonely Planet City Guides: Tokyo - Andrew Bender

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Genre: Travel / Author: Andrew Bender, Wendy Yanagihara / Edition: 6Rev Ed / Paperback / 298 Pages / Book is published 2006-08-01 by Lonely Planet Publications

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      16.08.2009 19:21
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      Good if you want to see Tokyo as a "tourist". not good to see the "real" Japan

      Recently I travelled to Tokyo and so purchased this lonely planet guide to help me find my way round. As a tourist's guide this book contains a lot of useful information, everything from details on the fish market, land marks such as Tokyo Tower, the major tourist hotspots such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza and Roppongi. The guide also contains comprehensive information on where to shop, where to go to see old temples and which hotels to stay at. This guide would be suited to someone going to Tokyo as a tourist to see Japan from the perspective of a tourist. Since the book is small there is only so much information that can be included. One major criticism I have for this guide is the map contained in this guide is completely misleading. Unlike many other major cities, Tokyo has several different train networks run by different companies running through Tokyo such as JR rail and also the underground. The map contains all the network systems on one map yet presents the information as a single network system similar to the underground. As a result this map will lead to frustration if you try to use it as a means to get round Tokyo. One would be better off ignoring this and getting seperate maps for each transport network.

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    A practical guide to Tokyo, this work provides detailed transport information as well as Japanese script on maps for easy navigation. It contains a food chapter by Tokyo aficionado and restaurant critic Andrew Bender as well as coverage of traditional arts.