- Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
- Format: Paperback | 520 pages
- Dimensions: 120mm x 178mm x 28mm | 481g
- Publication date: 16 October 2012
- Publication City/Country: Hindhead, Surrey
- ISBN 10: 1905864396
- ISBN 13: 9781905864393
- Edition: 3, Revised
- Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: 40 colour photos, 10 illustrations, 65 maps
- Sales rank: 20,912
Japan is steeped in legend and myth, perhaps the greatest of which is the popular misconception that the country is simply too expensive to visit. The truth is that flights to Japan are cheaper than they've ever been, accommodation can be great value, while the warm hospitality which awaits every visitor costs nothing at all. The real secret to travelling around the country on a budget, however, is the Japan Rail Pass. With this pass you can travel on some of the fastest trains in the world as often as you like for as long as you please - and all for one bargain price. Use this comprehensive guide in conjunction with a rail pass to get the most out of your trip to Japan. â Practical information - planning your trip; what to take; getting to Japan from Europe, North America and Australasia â City guides and maps - where to stay (all budgets), where to eat, what to see in 30 towns and cities; historical and cultural background â Kilometre-by-kilometre route guides - covering train journeys from the coast into the mountains, from temple retreat to sprawling metropolis and from sulphurous volcano to windswept desert; 34 route maps â Railway timetables - Bullet trains and all routes in this guidebook â Customs, etiquette, Japanese phrases and 40 colour photos* â Extended new edition - All routes have been retravelled for this new edition which includes the Tohoku and Kyushu shinkansen extensions, opened in 2011.
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Graduating from Cambridge University, Ramsey Zarifeh spent two years teaching in Japan. Now a journalist, he works for Reuters, Swiss Radio International and the BBC. For this third edition he was assisted by Andrew Picknell and Anna Udagawa, both of whom have lived and worked in Japan.
By Possum 19 Jan 2014
This is a reference book, not something you can read which'll inspire you. You have to concentrate and refer a lot to the index. It's biggest mistake is to not include a large map of the whole of the Shinkansen and JR networks since the entire book is based around them. There are small maps and diagrams in each of the areas but for planning purposes, these larger maps would be incredibly useful. They could easily be accommodated in a fold out page at the back and are essential in this type of book.
In saying this it gives suggestions of what to do and side trips in each of the destinations it lists. The hotels it suggests are obscure and conservative. For instance the ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima is a newish and extremely highly rated hotel built well before the book is printed, but it doesn't appear.
The book is useful and a lot of work has gone into it. It didn't hit the spot for me because the hotel lists aren't up to date.
If you plan to rely on trains in Japan to get around - which in most cases you should - then 'Japan by Rail' may prove more useful than the standard guidebook. www.japanvisitor.com. Japan by Rail (3rd edition) by Ramsey Zarifeh is an excellent book packed with rail information, train timetables and cultural tips. - World Travel Guide. This handy guidebook by Ramsey Zarifeh enables international visitors to make the most out of a visit to the country.- Railway Gazette. A must for any travel or train buff's collection...covers everything from Japanese words and phrases to railway timetables. This new edition includes recent extensions to several train lines plus further coverage of popular tourist destinations and less-traveled areas nearby,- California Bookwatch, USA. Invaluable companion- Railway Magazine. Excellent- The Sunday Times.
Back cover copy
The most affordable and efficient way to travel around Japan is by train with a rail pass Japan is steeped in legend and myth, perhaps the greatest of which is the popular misconception that the country is simply too expensive to visit. The truth is that flights to Japan are cheaper than they've ever been, accommodation can be great value, while the warm hospitality which awaits every visitor costs nothing at all. The real secret to travelling around the country on a budget, however, is the Japan Rail Pass. With this pass you can travel on some of the fastest trains in the world as often as you like for as long as you please. Use this comprehensive guide in conjunction with a rail pass to get the most out of your trip to Japan. Practical information planning your trip; what to take; getting to Japan from Europe, North America and AustralasiaCity guides and maps where to stay (all budgets), where to eat, what to see in 30 towns and cities; historical and cultural backgroundKilometre-by-kilometre route guides covering train journeys from the coast into the mountains, from temple retreat to sprawling metropolis; 34 route mapsRailway timetables Bullet trains and all routes in this guidebookPlus Customs, etiquette, Japanese phrases"
Table of contents
INTRODUCTION PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP Routes and costs 8 When to go 10 Rail passes Japan Rail Pass 11, Regional JR rail passes 13, Getting a rail pass 15, Exchange orders 18, How to use the rail pass 19 Suggested itineraries 20 Before you go Booking a flight 25, Passports and visas 27, Tourist information 27, Health and insurance 28, What to take 28, Money 29, Suggested reading 29 PART 2: JAPAN Facts about the country Geography 31, History 32, Politics 36, Economy 36, Religion 37, The people 38, Sport 38, Culture 39 Practical information for visitors Arriving in Japan 42, Tourist information 43, Getting around 43, Accommodation 45, Where to eat 52, Nightlife and entertainment 55, Media 56, Electricity 56, Time 56, Banks and money matters 56, Post and telecommunications 57, Language 59, Assistance 60, Shopping 62, Museums and tourist attractions 63, National holidays 64, Festivals and events 65, Activities 66 PART 3: THE RAIL NETWORK Railway history 68 The railway Japan Rail today 74, The trains 75, Timetables 78, Alternatives to a Japan Rail Pass 79, Buying a ticket 79, Making seat reservations 80, Railway staff 81, Station facilities 82 PART 4: GATEWAY CITIES Tokyo 83 Osaka 113 PART 5: HONSHU Central Honshu Route guides Tokyo to Nagoya by shinkansen 126 - Tokyo to Nagano by shinkansen 138 - Nagano to Nagoya via Matsumoto 141 Nagano to Nagoya via Toyama and Takayama 144 - Toyama and Kanazawa to Nagoya, Kyoto or Osaka 151 City guides Nagoya 155 - Nagano 163 - Matsumoto 169 - Takayama 174 Kanazawa 180 Kansai Route guides Nagoya to Shin-Osaka by shinkansen 188 - Nagoya to Shin-Osaka via the Kii Peninsula 190 City guides Kyoto 198 - Nara 215 - Side trip to Koya-san 223 Western Honshu Route guides Osaka to Shin-Yamaguchi by shinkansen 226 Shin-Yamaguchi to Masuda 234 - Masuda to Matsue 238 City guides Kobe 241 - Okayama 247 - Hiroshima 252 - Matsue 261 Tohoku (North-eastern Honshu) Route guides Tokyo to Shin-Aomori 268 - Shin-Aomori/Aomori to Akita & Niigata 289 City guides Sendai 300 - Niigata 306 - Aomori 312 PART 6: HOKKAIDO Route guides Shin-Aomori/Aomori to Hakodate 318 - Hakodate to Sapporo 321 - Sapporo to Asahikawa & Abashiri 327 - Abashiri to Kushiro 331 - Kushiro to Sapporo or Asahikawa 337 City guides Hakodate 342 - Sapporo 348 - Asahikawa 357 PART 7: KYUSHU Route guides Shin-Yamaguchi to Hakata/Fukuoka by shinkansen 362 Hakata/Fukuoka to Nagasaki 366 - Hakata/Fukuoka to Kagoshima-chuo by shinkansen 369 - Kokura to Miyazaki 374 City guides Fukuoka/Hakata 381 - Nagasaki 389 - Kumamoto 397 Kagoshima 404 PART 8: SHIKOKU Route guides Okayama to Takamatsu 414 - Takamatsu to Tokushima 415 - Takamatsu to Kochi 416 - Kochi to Uwajima 421 Uwajima to Matsuyama 423 - Matsuyama to Okayama 425 City guides Takamatsu 428 - Tokushima 435 - Matsuyama 439 MAP KEY 445 APPENDICES A: Glossary 446 B: Useful words and phrases 450 C: Timetables 454 INDEX 471