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Frommer's Japan (Frommer's Japan)by Beth Reiber
Synopses & Reviews
America’s #1 bestselling travel series
Written by more than 175 outspoken travelers around the globe, Frommer’s Complete Guides help travelers experience places the way locals do.
• More annually updated guides than any other series
• 16-page color section and foldout map in all annual guides
• Outspoken opinions, exact prices, and suggested itineraries
• Dozens of detailed maps in an easy-to-read, two-color design
Tourism to Japan increased by 12% over the first half of 2007. Half a million tourists were North Americans, of which approximately 100,000 were traveling on business.
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Tourism to Japan increased by 120ver the first half of 2007. Half a million tourists were North Americans, of which approximately 100,000 were traveling on business.
According to Japan National Tourist Organization, year-to-date travel to Japan by overseas visitors has increased by 9% compared to 2004.
About the Author
Each Frommer's guide is personally researched and thoroughly updated by a single author or small team. Our guides have a fun, intensely personal voice and a real person's judgments you can trust. Beth Reiber is the author of several Frommer's guides, including Frommer's Tokyo and Frommer's Hong Kong. She worked for several years in Tokyo as the editor of the Far East Traveler.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
What’s New in Japan.
1 The Best of Japan.
1 The Best Travel Experiences.
2 The Best Temples & Shrines.
3 The Best Gardens.
4 The Best Castles, Palaces & Villas.
5 The Best Museums.
6 The Best National Parks.
7 The Best of Old Japan.
8 The Best of Modern Japan.
9 The Best Outdoor Adventures.
10 The Best Traditional Ryokan.
11 The Best Western-Style Hotels.
12 The Best Affordable Japanese-Style Places to Stay.
13 The Best Culinary Experiences.
14 The Best Destinations for Serious Shoppers.
2 Planning Your Trip to Japan.
1 The Regions in Brief.
2 Visitor Information.
3 Entry Requirements & Customs.
The Japanese Yen.
5 When to Go.
Japan Calendar of Events.
6 Travel Insurance.
7 Health & Safety.
8 Specialized Travel Resources.
9 Planning Your Trip Online.
10 The 21st-Century Traveler.
11 Getting There.
12 Escorted & Package Tours.
13 Getting Around Japan.
14 Tips on Accommodations.
Tips for Saving on Your Hotel Room .
15 Tips on Dining, Japanese Style.
16 Packing Tips.
17 Recommended Books.
Fast Facts: Japan.
3 Suggested Japan Itineraries.
1 Japan in 1 Week.
2 Japan in 2 Weeks.
3 Japan for Families.
4 Northern Japan in 2 Weeks.
4 Settling into Tokyo.
Tokyo’s Neighborhoods in Brief.
2 Getting Around.
Fast Facts: Tokyo.
3 Where to Stay.
4 Where to Dine.
Family-Friendly Restaurants . . . . . .147
5 Exploring Tokyo.
1 The Top Attractions.
Frommer’s Favorite Tokyo Experiences.
2 Five Unforgettable Ways to Immerse Yourself in Japanese Culture.
3 Parks & Gardens.
4 More Museums.
5 Spectacular City Views.
6 City Strolls.
Walking Tour 1: Searching for Old Edo: A Walking Tour of Asakusa.
Walking Tour 2: In the Heart of Trendy Tokyo: A Stroll Through Harajuku & Aoyama.
7 Especially for Kids.
8 Spectator Sports.
For It’s Ichi, Ni, San Strikes You’re Out.
9 Shopping .
10 Tokyo After Dark.
6 Side Trips from Tokyo.
1 Kamakura, Ancient Capital.
2 Shogun Country: Nikko.
3 Yokohama: City of the 21st Century.
4 Climbing Japan’s Most Famous Mountain: Mount Fuji.
5 Hakone: By Mountain Streetcar, Cable Car, Ropeway & Boat.
6 Izu Peninsula: Tokyo’s Playground.
7 The Japan Alps.
1 Matsumoto, Gateway to the Japan Alps.
2 Along the Nakasendo Highway: Tsumago & Magome.
3 Takayama, Little Kyoto of the Mountains.
4 Rural Shirakawago & Ogimachi.
8 Kyoto & Nara.
Frommer’s Favorite Kyoto Experiences.
Kyoto’s Neighborhoods in Brief.
2 Getting Around.
Fast Facts: Kyoto.
3 Where to Stay in Kyoto.
4 Where to Dine in Kyoto.
5 Exploring the City.
Walking Tour 1: A Stroll Through Higashiyama-ku.
Walking Tour 2: The Philosopher’s Stroll.
6 Imperial Villas & Temples within Easy Reach of Kyoto.
7 Shopping Kyoto.
8 Kyoto After Dark.
9 A Side Trip to Nara.
9 The Rest of Western Honshu.
2 Ise-Shima National Park.
3 More of Old Japan: Kanazawa.
6 The Temples of Mount Koya.
7 Himeji, A Castle Town.
8 Okayama: Gateway to Shikoku.
Countryside Delights: Okayama Prefecture’s International Villas.
9 Kurashiki, Market Town of Many Charms.
10 Off the Beaten Path: Matsue.
12 Miyajima, Scenic Island in the Seto Sea.
2 Matsuyama Castle & Dogo Spa.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
3 Unzen Spa & Its Hells.
6 Southern Kyushu’s Top Spa: Ibusuki.
7 Sunny Resort Destination: Miyazaki.
8 Beppu, King of the Hot-Spring Spas.
12 Northeastern Honshu—Tohoku.
1 The Pine-Clad Islands of Matsushima.
2 Kakunodate, Town of Samurai Homes.
3 Towada-Hachimantai National Park: For the Active Traveler.
13 Northern Japan—Hokkaido.
1 Hokkaido Essentials.
2 Hakodate, Southern Gateway to Hokkaido.
4 Noboribetsu Spa & Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
5 Sounkyo Spa & Daisetsuzan National Park.
6 Akanko Spa & Akan National Park.
Appendix A: Japan in Depth.
1 History 101.
Here & Zazen: Buddhism in Japan.
2 Japan Today.
The Magical World of Vending Machines.
3 Minding Your Ps & Qs.
The Home-Visit System.
4 Dealing with the Language Barrier.
5 Cultural Snapshots: Japanese Arts in a Nutshell.
Appendix B: A Glossary of Useful Japanese Terms.
Appendix C: A Japanese-Character Index of Establishment Names.
List of Maps.
Japan in 1 Week.
Japan in 2 Weeks.
Japan for Families.
Northern Japan in 2 Weeks.
Tokyo at a Glance.
Hibiya & Ginza.
Harajuku & Aoyama.
Walking Tour 1—Asakusa.
Walking Tour 2—Harajuku & Aoyama.
Side Trips from Tokyo.
The Japan Alps.
Where to Dine in Kyoto.
Walking Tour 1—Higashiyama-ku.
Walking Tour 2—The Philosopher’s Stroll.
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