Maybe it’s wandering through the flashing forest of neon in Shibuya and Shinjuku. Sushi for breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market. A shopping trip in Harajuku to check out the independent designers. Or maybe it’s as simple as a bowl of whisked green tea in a centuries-old garden. Wherever you find your Tokyo moment, one thing’s for sure: this smart and streetwise guidebook has the city covered.
Sleep In Style – informative reviews of the best luxury hotels, traditional ryokan and top-value budget options make the decisions easy.
Navigate With Ease – clear and detailed maps with Japanese script take you where you want to go.
Treat Yourself – our authors have hand-picked the best designer wares, specialist music stores, tucked-away shopping streets and more.
Feast Like A Local – discerning reviews deliver the gems, from decadent kaiseki to mouth-watering sashimi.
Escape For A Day – head for the traditional temples of Nikko and Kamakura, or soak your bones in an onsen; our Excursions chapter has all the best tips.
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France was closed, so after college Andrew Bender left his native New England to work in Tokyo. It ended up being a life-changing journey, as visits here so often are. He's since mastered chopsticks, the language, karaoke and taking his shoes off at the door, appeared in Japanese TV commercials, earned his MBA, and worked with Japanese companies on both sides of the Pacific in fields from finance to film production. His writing has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times and many others Lonely Planet titles. In an effort toward even greater trans-oceanic harmony, Andy also consults on cross-cultural issues from his current base in Los Angeles. Find out more at www.wheres-andy-now.com
Most helpful customer reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
boring, but incredibly useful
When we were planning our trip to Japan, we purchased The Rough Guide to Japan and The Lonely Planet Guide to Tokyo. Reading through the Lonely Planet Guide, I found very little that sounded worth doing or seeing. The same items described in The Rough Guide were much more intriguing. So I chose what to see and do based on The Rough Guide.
Close to the time of our trip, someone who had just been to Japan recommended The Time Out Guide to Tokyo for the maps. But when it came time for planning the details of the tour - where the chosen attractions were located, when they were open, and how to get from here to there, the maps and the details in the descriptions in The Lonely Planet Guide were far more useful than those in the other two books. For practical use, I have given this book four stars.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent practical information, improved cultural suggestions
The Lonely Planet guides are very often the best when it comes to providing practical information such as maps, changing money, the best way to get from A to B, etc. This edition of the Tokyo guide is no exception. It has everything you need to plan your trip and to get around Tokyo.
This edition is also an improvement over the prior editions when it comes to cultural recommendations, such as restaurants, walking tours, interesting shops, museums, etc. The "Time Out" guide is probably still better is the cultural department, but it is weak when it comes to maps, etc., so it may be worth taking both guides.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
Tokyo can be really overwhelming because there are a million things to do! This book really helped with highlighting each area of Tokyo as well as providing hours and addresses of the places you want to visit. It also had fantastic suggestions for cheap eats. This author takes you into the back alleys (if you want to go - which you should!) or keeps you in the high class areas of Tokyo for a well rounded trip.
I coupled this book with the Tokyo City Atlas book, which made it possible to understand the crazy mapping system of Tokyo.