Item description for New Japan Solo by Eiji Kanno & Constance O'Keefe...
Japan can be a bewildering place for the tourist traveling alone with little or no language skills. But with the right guide, it can be paradise. Published in cooperation with the Japan National Tourist Organization, New Japan Solo is that perfect travel companion. The latest edition of a book the New York Times called "indispensable" has been fully updated and provides a wealth of information far beyond the offerings of the typical travel guide: - Hundreds of listings for dining, lodging, and travel tips for all budgets-updated with current phone numbers, addresses, and prices - Suggested itineraries for trips of varying lengths to all regions of Japan - More than 200 regional and city maps, updated and with detailed transportation routes and landmarks - Place names in both English and Japanese - "Conversation cards"-passports to simple and enjoyable Japanese conversation - Concise directions, exact schedules, and latest train routes With its methodical approach and abundance of information, New Japan Solo gives an insider's view of one of the Far East's most desirable travel destinations, supplying everything necessary to make any sojourn a success.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 1998
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770021879 ISBN13 9784770021878
Availability 0 units.
More About Eiji Kanno & Constance O'Keefe
EIJI KANNO, a twelve-year veteran of the Japan National Tourist Organization, served as the Deputy Director of the New York Office as well as the Manager of International Finance in Tokyo. He is currently the director of a New York-based travel service. CONSTANCE O'KEEFE practices law in Washington, D.C. She has lived in Nagoya and worked for the Japan National Tourist Organization in New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about New Japan Solo?
Simply the best Jul 3, 2008
I just ordered the 4th (1998) edition because we're visiting Japan this summer and my 1988 edition must be seriously dated. I've toured Japan extensively. For trip planning and practical guidance, especially if you're traveling by rail, this concise, well-organized book can't be beat. Not just the best travel book on Japan, the best travel book, period.
Best Travle Guide I have Aug 18, 2007
I'm staying in Japan / Tokyo for almost 1 year and have several travel guides. When I go on a trip, this is the guide which I take with me, and it helps to make the best out of each trip. The other guides, I can leave them at home. I went to Hokkaido (Akan NP, Sounkyo), Tohuku (Bandai-Kogen, Matsushima, Hirosaki, Towadako), Hirsohima, Miyajima, Himejii, Nara, Kyoto, Amanohashidate, Osaka,Nagoya, Takayama, Matsumoto, Kamikochi, Mt. Tanigawadake, Kamakura, Mt. Fuji, Izu Peninsula, Nikko and others. Almost all places highlightes in the "Japan Solo" Guide. The Book includes the Maps I needed, recommended transportion to the locations, accomodation in walking distance to train / bus stations, recommended itinerary and how to get to the spots. No other travel book, I have, is so helpful in guidance. For train schedules, I used the web side http://grace.hyperdia.com/cgi-english/hyperWeb.cgi I'm glad about this book because it essential helped me to make the most out of my Japan Visit.
A Great Japan Travel Guide Aug 15, 2004
Japan Solo became my only Japan travel guide starting with the 2nd edition. I've made more than 40 trips to Japan and used Japan Solo on every one. Because it emphasizes rail travel, this book and a Japan Rail pass make it easy to get around in a country that can otherwise be quite complicated. It's best coverage is around the large cities, but still does an adequate job for outlying areas. There's so much to see and do in Japan it's impossible to cram it all into one book. Japan Solo does a good job of getting the traveler to the more popular areas with ease. I would highly recommend it.
Recommended Sep 3, 2001
I have purchased multiple Japan travel guides and this was the most specific and useful of the bunch. It is especially suited for those times when you venture out on your own. The maps are for the most part very accurate and quite helpful. It is low on pictures, etc., but the information it contained made it the book I turned to first.
Helpful, but I would buy Frommer's too Aug 7, 2001
This book was very helpful in planning where to go and what to see when I went to Japan for two weeks. It has good recommendations for walking tours and cultural attractions and mentioned many areas that were overlooked by other guide books. Maps and directions were especially helpful. However, if you are looking for recommendations on lodgings and restaurants, I would get the Frommer's Japan book. Japan Solo lists hotels and inns, but gives no information about them other than location and price range. The Frommer book is also better organized for the first-time visitor so you can make decisions about your itinerary without being overwhelmed by too many choices.