Japan by Rail

Japan by Rail : Includes Rail Route Guide and 30 City Guides

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Japan is steeped inlegend and myth, perhaps the greatest of which is the popular misconceptionthat 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 RailPass. Use this comprehensive guide in conjunction with a rail pass to get the most out of a trip to Japan.
Practical information - planning your trip; when to go; suggested itineraries; what to take; festivals and events City guides and maps - where to stay, 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; 33 route maps Railway timetables and frequency charts - Bullet trains and main routes Customs, etiquette, Japanese words and phrases -with kanji This new edition also now includes: kanji/hiragana/katakana for all place names mentioned in the book so readers can point to the text when asking Japanese speakers for directions. The extension of the shinkansen route from Nagano toKanazawa. This is now called the Hokuriku shinkansen. Additional side trips from Tokyo including to Kawaguchi-ko for magnificent views of Mt Fuji, and to Mito for Kairakuen, the only one of the three great landscape gardens in Japan not currently mentioned in the book. Expanded coverage of Nikko, Nagasaki, the side trip to Asosan, Beppu, and many places in the Kansai region
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 119.38 x 177.8 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • Hindhead, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • w. maps and plans, col. photos on plates
  • 1905864752
  • 9781905864751
  • 53,368

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 83Osaka 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 Central Honshu (cont'd) 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 446B: Useful words and phrases 450C: Timetables 454 INDEX 471
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'Highly recommended!' The Man in Seat 61, www.seat61.com. 'Highly recommended' Jetwit.com, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Alumni magazine, January 2017. 'if you are coming from outside Japan, this is quite possibly the best single book you can bring.' WWW.JAPANVISITOR.COM, October 2016. 'The Bible for train travel in Japan' ... with ... 'all the essential information to make the most of the very many tourist sites around Japan.' ZOOM JAPAN magazine, September 2016. 'Brilliantly informative guidebook' JTB EUROPE (JAPAN TRAVEL BUREAU), September 2016. 'This magnificent travel book should be a required item in your luggage.' BOOKS MONTHLY, August, 2016. 'One of my favourite and most used guidebooks' SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, July 2016; Reviews for the previous edition - 'A find...Well researched.' THE JAPAN TIMES (TOKYO). 'An invaluable companion' RAILWAY MAGAZINE (UK). 'Excellent guide' THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK). 'A great primer.' THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK). 'Highly recommended' 'BULLET MAGAZINE (JAPAN). 'Practical, highly interesting and should enable the visitor to save money and add to the enjoyment of Japan' NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM JOURNAL (UK).
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About Ramsey Zarifeh

Graduating from Cambridge University, Ramsey Zarifeh, spent two years teaching in Japan. Now a journalist, he made a documentary Off The Rails: A Journey Through Japan which was shown worldwide on the Al Jazeera English channel in 2015.Anna Udagawa lives in the UK and was an English teacher in Japan before getting married there. She revisits Japan regularly and now works as a travel guide-book editor.
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