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Japan by Rail : Practical Guidebook to Travel in Japan Using the Cheapest and Most Efficient Way, with a Japan Rail Pass.

By (author) Ramsey Zarifeh

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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. ❏ Practical information - planning your trip; what to take; getting to Japan from Europe, North America and Australasia ❏ City guides and maps - where to stay (all budgets), where to eat, what to see in 30 towns and cities; historical and cultural background ❏ 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 ❏ Railway timetables - Bullet trains and all routes in this guidebook ❏ Customs, etiquette, Japanese phrases and 40 colour photos* ❏ 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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  • Paperback | 520 pages
  • 120 x 178 x 28mm | 480.81g
  • 16 Oct 2012
  • Trailblazer Publications
  • Hindhead, Surrey
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 40 colour photos, 10 illustrations, 65 maps
  • 1905864396
  • 9781905864393
  • 19,863

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Author Information

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.

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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.

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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"

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Customer reviews

Useful but uninspiring

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.show more
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