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Insight Guides: Japan

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Insight Guide Japan offers a uniquely comprehensive travel advice for what to do and where to go in one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations. Engaging and inspirational History and Culture chapters explain the country’s intriguing and proud past, and the factors influencing its future; from ancient Shinto temples and Samurai legend, to the impact of Western influences and the tsunami of 2011. The burgeoning arts and crafts scene, architectural treasures and local cuisine are fully explored so that visitors can...

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Overview

Insight Guide Japan offers a uniquely comprehensive travel advice for what to do and where to go in one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations. Engaging and inspirational History and Culture chapters explain the country’s intriguing and proud past, and the factors influencing its future; from ancient Shinto temples and Samurai legend, to the impact of Western influences and the tsunami of 2011. The burgeoning arts and crafts scene, architectural treasures and local cuisine are fully explored so that visitors can gain a sense of how Japan’s distinctive character and culture have been shaped. The Places chapters cover the islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu in detail, including the pulsating cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and suggest excursions to the smaller surrounding islands to help with planning a trip. Be inspired by full-color travel photography throughout, illustrating the vibrancy of Japan more than any other travel guide on the market and giving a true flavor of Japanese life today. Detailed maps throughout the book help visitors get around the different areas, with all major sites cross-referenced with the text, and the Travel Tips offer practical travel advice plus selective listings for where to stay and eat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780050331
  • Publisher: Apa Publications UK, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Insight Guides Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 306,244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Mansfield lives in Japan, has contributed to CTG Tokyo, and has written for many years on various Asian destinations.
Rob Goss specializes in writing on various aspects of Japanese life from business to culture. He has written articles for Time and National Geographic Traveler. He lives in Tokyo.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Top Attractions Japan
Editor’s Choice Japan
A Unique Place
A Nation of Islands

FEATURES
Decisive Dates
Japan’s Early Centuries
The Edo Period
The Modern Era
The Japanese People
Religion
Shintoism
Arts, Craft and Literature
Performing Arts
Cinema
Architecture
The Art of Landscaping
Sport and Leisure
Sumo
Food and Drink
Japanese Food

PLACES
Introduction
Kanto Plain and Chubu Introduction
Tokyo
Japanese Trains
Around Tokyo
Central Honshu
The North Introduction
Tohoku
Hokkaido
The Great Outdoors
Kansai Region Introduction
Kyoto
Around Kyoto
Nara
Southern Kansai
Osaka and Kobe
Kimonos
The South Introduction
Chugoku
Shikoku
Kyushu
Okinawa

TRAVEL TIPS
Transportation
Accommodations
Eating Out
Activities
A-Z: Practical Information
Language
Further Reading

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