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Exploring Kyoto: On Foot in the Ancient Capital [Paperback]

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"Exploring Kyoto by long-term resident Judith Clancy is an excellent guide to exploring Kyoto on foot." —Lonely Planet Japan
Among the world's most cherished ancient cities, Kyoto, Japan, is perfect for exploring on foot. Richly detailed and small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, Exploring Kyoto is an essential guide to becoming an enlightened pedestrian in the area once known as Yamashiro (“the back of the mountains”).
Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition of Exploring Kyoto offers two new routes and spans a spectrum of geographical and cultural topography, from bustling downtown quarters to remote mountaintops, hip eateries to ancient shrines. Included are:
•Thirty explorations, including the well-known—Mt. Hiei, Arashiyama, Heian Shrine, Ryoanji, Philosopher's Walk—and many hidden corners
•Detailed maps tracing each route
•Over thirty descriptive photos
Essential tips on etiquette and behavior
•Full index to all sites and attractions
•In-depth information on local history, arts, and festivals

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Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Stone Bridge Press
ISBN  1933330643  
ISBN13  9781933330648  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A resident of Kyoto for over 40 years, Judith Clancy lives in a 120-year-old converted weaver's studio in Nishijin, Kyoto's weaving and dyeing district. She interprets for different groups and teaches about Kyoto's history and culture and is the author of "Exploring Kyoto."
Ben Simmons is a longtime Japan resident whose photos have appeared in books, magazines, and exhibitions worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the United Nations. He holds an MFA from the University of Florida. Some of his other book projects are Tokyo Megacity and Traditional Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements and Forms, both published by Tuttle.

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Other stuff you should do   Apr 23, 2005
Old-fashioned stuff is nice, but why spend all of your time looking at history? For fun, go shop at JR Isetan in Kyoto Station, visit The Cube (it's a mall), Go eat at Neutron and see their cool art gallery, and if you're a modern girl/guy, go shop at Moohoop and Ciaopanic. Those stores are awesome, the Japanese equivalent to Urban Outfitters.

This book is good for the historically-minded traveller.
Great book for visiting Kyoto  Aug 30, 2004
I found this book to be perfect,in every aspect, as a traveling companion for a trip to Kyoto. This book tells you in great detail about things that are off the beaten path and very much a part of kyoto's culture.
I would highly recommend this book!
One of the best!  Jan 5, 2004
Exploring Kyoto is a wonderful guide for the independent traveler to Kyoto. Thanks to Judith Clancy's careful research, I have found places in Kyoto which I never knew existed and explored them in depth. Last month I spent two days in Ohara, a mountain village on the outskirts of the city, using the book as a guide. No other guidebooks in English cover this area but armed with the book, I wandered about finding temples that even Japanese ignored. I have done the same in Fushimi, a sake-brewing area to the south of Kyoto and at Nanzenji, one of the loveliest temples in the city.
If you are adventurous and want to travel on your own, I urge you to purchase this book before you leave and plan your Kyoto visit to include at least one of her fascinating walks.
Wonderful!  Apr 27, 2002
We purchased several guide books in planning our trip to Kyoto. This book was referred to far more than the others.

If you enjoy exploring on your own and blazing your own, private path, I have not found a book that compares. Its detailed maps, descriptions and histories made our trip a joy. It's not full of information about restaurants and shopping, but the regular guides have plenty of that. As a walking guide or as a fun, insightful history of the city's sights and neighborhoods, it excels. It is also a fun read. We couldn't see all we wanted to in the days we were there, but we eventually get back to Japan, this book will be packed!

A scholarly look at ancient Kyoto  Apr 2, 2002
The author does not try and hide her distaste for the modern aspects of Japanese cities, her focus is on the historical background of the sights and the tone of her writing is dry and almost textbook. If you are the type of person who reads all of the written information available on the plaques in museums and you love to learn about the history of the places you visit you will enjoy reading this book. The information has much more depth than what you will find in a typical tour book but not all of the major sights are covered.

My problem with 'Exploring Kyoto' is that it is tries to be a collection of walking tours that you would carry and use as a guide but it does not work well in that way. For one the book is cumbersome and not organised in a way that is easy to follow on the fly. The maps are poor and the descriptions of the routes are not always clear. Sometimes it is not even clear where you need to start the walk. The text is more suitable to reading in a comfortable location before or after you head out.

On the positive side, I had a really great time exploring the western outskirts of Kyoto with this book, and it gave me a look at the Goin district that was richer than I found elsewhere. It covers some of the 'must see' sights of Kyoto but I found its' strength to be in the lesser known sights in the outskirts of the city. If you plan to be in Kyoto only a couple of days this book may be unnecessary, there is a free pamphlet available at the tourist office called 'Kyoto Walks' that covers the main sights. If you will be in Kyoto a week or longer and want to visit some lesser known, historically fascinating sights, 'Exploring Kyoto' may be of value to you.


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