Gateway to Japan has 37 ratings and 2 reviews. Marie said: Absolutely the best guidebook on Japan, ever. I hope that Kodansha releases an updated version. Buy Gateway to Japan (Kodansha Guide) 3rd Revised edition by June Kinoshita, Nicholas Palevsky (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Buy Gateway to Japan (Kodansha Guide) 2nd Revised edition by June Kinoshita, Nicholas Palevsky (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store.

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Japan, with perhaps the most varied culture in the world today, presents astounding and delightful choices: With the rise of the mighty yen, Japan has undoubtedly become an expensive travel destination.

It is not necessary to impoverish yourself, however. If you are willing to rely on the superb public transportation system and to try the accommodations and restaurants that the average Japanese themselves use, you will be able to stretch your budget considerably further than if you were to stick ny international hotels and fancy French restaurants. What’s more, you will have a much more interesting experience.

Food can be shockingly expensive, but it is possible to dine cheaply. The kunoshita food marts in department store basements sell beautiful and inexpensive bento lunch boxesperfect for picnics or for taking back to your room.

Restaurant lunch specials are often a bargain. Railway travel jalan Japan operates with clockwork efficiency, but it is expensive. Sometimes it is cheaper to kinoshiha if you count in the time savings. Note that during peak vacation periods Mar. The Japan Rail Pass can be a money saver depending on your itinerary. A one-week pass costs about the same as the round-trip bullet-train fare from Tokyo to Kyoto. Here are two entirely realistic possibilities for daily expenses Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? When friends want to know where to go in Japan, I always ask, “What are you interested in? Another ventured north to savor the culinary traditions of Tohoku.

We know people who adore Tokyo, exulting in the energy of the world’s most futuristic megapolis. Others loath it and flee to tranquil Kyoto, the former imperial city that epitomizes the refinement of traditional culture.

Still others visit both cities and marvel at the extremes represented by these opposing poles of the Japanese experience. The diversity of cultural and geographic offerings can be intimidating. The two sections of this book, History and Culture and Japan by Region, are designed to make them more manageable.

Gateway to Japan by June Kinoshita

History and Culture focuses on specific topics and recommends where to go. Japan by Region gives the practical information you need to make the trip. History and Culture “A Brief History” introduces the major historical gafeway and includes a list of the most important figures in Japanese history and culture; their names appear in uppercase letters throughout the book. The chapters that follow provide both an overview and a practical reference on various subjects.


For example, “Cuisine” contains bilingual “menus” from which you can order food in restaurants. Most of the chapters conclude with a list of recommendations. Any place that is mentioned gatteway both the main text and the list appears in uppercase. Japan by Region Kinohsita ten regional chapters appear in geographic order, from north to south see map on p.

Linoshita largest of Japan’s four main islands, Honshu, and the smallest, Shikoku, together make up seven chapters. The remaining three chapters are devoted to Hokkaido, Kyushu, and the Okinawan archipelago. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction konoshita lists the best attractions, special interests, and seasonal events. Transit Diagrams The transit diagram at the beginning of each regional chapter shows the main trunk line usually the bullet train traversing the region, together with other train and bus lines that branch off.

The main junctions on the trunk line are assigned roman numerals and treated as jumping-off points from which to explore side routes; the stations along the side routes are assigned arabic numerals. The text describes in numerical order each main kinosbita, followed by bj side routes; their direction is denoted by the letters “N” for north, “E” for east, and so forth.

For example, suppose you want to visit Kapan Sanzan transit key number IV: To see how to get there, turn to the Tohoku transit diagram p. The text follows the same organization and is, in effect, a series of mini-itineraries. Dining, Lodgings, and Local Maps Dining and lodging facilities are listed at the end of each town or locale.

Telephone area codes are usually listed beside the lodgings heading. Shops, restaurants, and hotels will appear on local maps according to a number-key system. See inside front cover for a key to symbols. Ratings are awarded on a scale of from one to three stars based on quality, service, and atmosphere. Credit-card information is supplied for every establishment for which the information was available.

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Japn of 37 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. My husband and I have vacationed in Japan many times, and Gateway to Japan always went with us.


With the help of this book, we found jalan temple village restaurant serving rare mountain cuisine. We bought exquisite Japanese green tea in an obscure fateway town.

We visited pottery towns and got unique tea pots direct from the kilns. We stayed in temple lodgings and ate elaborate vegetarian meals served by monks. We ventured among hundreds of curious monkeys in a monkey park. We witnessed exotic religious rituals. We mused in contemplation gardens and strolled through imperial gardens. We simmered in an out-of-the-way mountain jalan spring. I could go on and on. I like the book’s emphasis on culture rather than pop culture.

– Gateway to Japan (Kodansha Guide) by June Kinoshita; Nicholas Palevsky

Japa I found the star rankings of sights, restaurants and accommodations quite reliable. There are excellent write-ups on the various periods of Kunoshita art and history, Japanese religions, castles, villas and gardens and so forth. For those who like festivals, there’s a complete schedule of the important ones by month. The maps are useful, and there are uune of them.

Although I like to browse through vateway Japan guides for fun and variety, this is the book I use to plan an itinerary. I can’t imagine a trip to Japan without it. A guidebook written for people want much more than just a recommended itinerary or places to eat.

The authors lead you thorough history, culture, and present you with an Indepth tour of a great nation. Majority of the contents are timeless, despite of the fact that this edition was published in As for recommended restaurants or hotels, one can make it up by surfing the websites or calling ahead to make sure the updated information is gteway. A few suggestions for the authors to consider if there might be a update in the future: I realize the authors already tried their best to incorporate them as much as they could, however they certainly can do better.

One person found this helpful. Use Time Out Tokyo if you are only going to Tokyo. However, Kodansha has stopped printing English language books so it is a little dated.

Since the price of most things in yen has not changed much since it was written it is still valuable, just convert using the current conversion rate.

Very, if at times all too complete, history, background, what to see, where to stay still reasonably good and an excellent introduction to the nation’s culture. The only comparable guide in completeness and quality is the old, old JTB Guide which has not been republished since the mid’s Still good for historic places, but super expensive to get a used copy.

Jon L Albee Top Contributor: What can I say? This book is the best guide to Japan even in its age.

Nothing else, literally, even comes close.