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Japan Atlas: A Bilingual Guide [Paperback]

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The only atlas of its kind to feature place-names in both English and Japanese, Kodansha's perennial favorite has been newly revised to reflect the many changes that have resulted from the government's policy of consolidating Japanese cities, towns and villages. The volume includes:
-- 21 large-scale maps of the regions of Japan, including Greater Tokyo and the Kanto area, the Greater Osaka area, and almost all of the officially registered Japanese municipalities;
-- 10 maps of the major metropolitan areas, from Naha in Okinawa to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nagoya, Tsukuba, Sapporo and many others;
-- 7 maps featuring notable tourist and resort areas, including Fuji-Hakone, Nara, Kamakura, Nikko, etc.;
-- 9 transportation maps, including road and intercity railway maps, Tokyo and Osaka subway and rail maps, and major domestic airline routes;
-- 12 thematic maps indicating national parks, historic spots, ceramic kiln areas and more.

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.35" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.31"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 14, 2006
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770030266  
ISBN13  9784770030269  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! THE ASSOCIATION FOR JAPANESE-LANGUATE TEACHING (AJALT) has been recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Ministry of Education since 1997. It was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists on Japan but who wish to communicate effectively in Japanese.
In 1992 the Association was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize.

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Product Categories

1Books > Foreign Language Books > Japanese > All Japanese Books
2Books > Foreign Language Books > Japanese > Nonfiction
3Books > Foreign Language Books > Japanese > Reference
4Books > Foreign Language Books > Japanese > Travel
5Books > Subjects > Reference > Atlases & Maps > World
6Books > Subjects > Travel > Asia > Japan > General

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Multi-function Streets Volcanoes Parks Rail Subways  Apr 13, 2008
Once you're in Japan, it's not easy to find a map book with ENGLISH for the whole country! This books has extra unexpected maps: Sight-seeing Maps, Tokyo metropolitan hiking map & Toyko Railway & subways; Osaka area rail & subway; same for Nagoya. ALSO: maps of Active Volcanoes, National Parks, World Heritage Sites, Special Scenic Spots, Historic Spots, Nature Parks, Traditionals Town & Villages, Ramsar areas, even Ceramic Kiln Areas! More than just a road map book.
Indispensable for travelling in Japan outside the major cities  Jan 18, 2008
I have found this atlas so useful that I have four well-worn copies, including earlier editions. Although surprisingly comprehensive, it is also small enough to carry everywhere without beginning to resent its size or weight. I have also found that the book seems nearly indestructible: no page has ever separated from the binding even with my most-used copy -- which otherwise looks like it has been through hell. Maps or atlases without kanji and kana would be frustrating to use and in many cases would be nearly worthless, yet I have found nothing similar to this volume. It appears to stand alone. Anyone travelling outside Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto really must have this book. Someone hiking or cycling needs to also purchase detailed road maps or topographic maps of the appropriate area, although those maps will almost certainly have only kanji and kana. Fortunately, the detail maps can be found within the book department of almost any department store at any major train station.
japan a bilingual guide atlas  Nov 29, 2007
The size was good for carrying.The words where large enough for me to read easily-I`m 65.The places that where included are good for most travel in Japan.The cover is a nice design and the train and subway map are nice to have ,so I don`t have to carry a lot of other maps.
Somewhat useful  Mar 28, 2007
It's great to have maps with both Kanji and Roman alphabets. That is very useful for navigating in Japan when one doesn't read Japanese. But the maps are small and not detailed enough to be used by cyclists, which was my hope when I purchased this atlas. It does have some subway maps at the back, which are practical. I think this atlas has to be used with a more detailed Japanese-language atlas to be really useful to anyone (cyclists or drivers) interested in using roads smaller than the major highways.
Whether it's used as a take-along tourist's tote or a library addition, it's a winner.  Nov 7, 2006
You'd expect an atlas format to be large and oversized - not JAPAN ATLAS: it's the size of a regular book, which lends to easy shelving, yet it is the only one of its kind to provide place names in both English and Japanese, offering over twenty large-scale maps of Japan's various regions, 19 maps of major urban areas, and other smaller maps of roads and tourist areas. Whether it's used as a take-along tourist's tote or a library addition, it's a winner.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

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