Japan Traveler’s Companion Book Reviews: Complete Overview of Highlights!

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With these Japan Traveler's Companion Book Reviews, you will discover the best book to plan your perfect Japan trip. Approved by The Travel Tester!

My collection of books around Japan and the Japanese language never seems to stop growing. I’m such a huge fan of this country! Whether I’m planning a trip or not, many of these books just inspire me by browsing through them and realizing in what a wonderful world we live.

Since 1948, Tuttle Publishing has been a leader in publishing books on the culture, arts, cuisines, languages and literature of Asia, so if there is one place to start your research, it’s with them.

From their extensive title list, I received the following works: ‘Japan Traveler’s Companion’ by Rob Goss, ‘The Little Book of Tokyo‘ and ‘The Little Book of Kyoto‘ by author Ben Simmons

 

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Here are some great resources to get you started:

 

COMPLETE JAPAN TRAVELER’S COMPANION BOOK REVIEW LIST

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JAPAN TRAVEL’S COMPANION BOOK REVIEW

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About the Writer

Rob Goss is an award-winning British writer and long-term Tokyo resident focusing on Japan, travel writing, and creative writing that ranges from short fiction to short-form poetry. Besides writing many books for Tuttle, Rob has also contributed to books for Fodors, Insight Guides, Dorling Kindersley and Rough Guides, as well as for magazines including Time, National Geographic Travelerand 100 other publications around the globe.

 

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The Content of the Book

This hardcover book (with jacket as a cover) provides 144 pages full of information on Japans’ 100 most important tourist sights, including 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that you probably don’t want to miss.

Rob Goss shows you the best places where you can experience  the country’s rich culinary traditions, pop culture, Samurai heritage, and so, so much more. This is not a traditional guidebook, because the book shows you more the insider tips of Japan, with background information on the Japanese cuisine, popular culture, nature and rich history of the country. You really get the best tips for getting off the beaten path and finding Japan’s lesser-known treasures, such as the incredible ‘art island’ Naoshima and Yakushima’s breathtaking flora and fauna.

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The book without the jacket: still very cool!
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The book takes you through all the major regions and cities of Japan

 

Photos & Illustrations

The first thing you’ll notice about this book is the amount of colour and incredible images that literally pop of the pages. With around 500 photographs and 7 maps, this book is a feast for your eyes. The maps show different regions in Japan and include suggested walks for you to take.

For me personally, this book was a feast of recognition. Because I visited so many places already in Japan, I recognized a lot of the photo’s, but there was also so much that I’ve never been to before, and now I definitely want to!

Each regional chapter starts with an incredible 2-page photo spread, then followed by a map and a short introduction to the city or region, with photos of all the highlights you don’t want to miss. After that, you’re taken into the different corners of the destination and will discover many interesting things that make you want to pack your bags right away, trust me!

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Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester
The maps in this book are not very detailed (you can’t walk around with it in a city) – but they do give you a great overview of where everything is in the city to get a good grasp of where you’re going, so it’s perfect for when you are planning your trip beforehand.

Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester

Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester

Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester

Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester
Many of the photos in this book show you a side of Japan that you might not know already -but definitely make you more curious!

 

 

Practical Use

As I said earlier, the maps are more general than practical to use when you’re already in the destination, and I think overall that this book is more to do your trip-planning before you leave, rather than taking the book with you and let it guide your way (as you would with a Lonely Planet guide, for example).

This book is all about getting inspired, getting a general sense of everything the country has to offer and to have a lot of background information about the places you’re looking to visit. It’s great to sit down with this book after you’ve returned from your trip and see what you can recognize and read more about in detail!

Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester

Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester
The book features some great practical advice on planning your trip to Japan!
Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester
Many places in this book you might not have heard off, so time to get off the beaten path!

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Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester

 

Favourite Quotes

“It has become something of a clichรฉ to talk about Japan in terms of contrasts, but Japan really is a country defined by juxtapositions.”

Visit any part of urban Japan and the country’s modern faces don’t so much reveal themselves, they pounce. For a first-time visit, it can be a dizzying experience.

Almost every region, city and even small town you visit will have at least one local dish it is proud of.

 

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Whether you’re planning a trip to Japan or are just obsessed with the country like I am, this book will be a feast for your senses. With bright coloured photographs that seem to jump off the pages and insider tips, you will get to see the beauty of Japan in all her facets.

While the book definitely covers the main tourist attractions, the writer doesn’t shy away from also showing you the lesser known parts of Japan. This book is both practical as inspirational and I’m sure that after browsing through it, you’re ready to pack your bags!

 

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GET THIS BOOK YOURSELF!

Title: Japan Traveler’s Companion

Author: Rob Goss

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Language: English

ISBN-10: 4805313889

ISBN-13:9784805313886

Where to buy: Amazon UK or Amazon USA // Bol.com 

 

Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes from Tuttle Publishing. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.

 


 

 
 

ZEN GARDENS AND TEMPLES OF KYOTO BOOK REVIEW

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About the Writer

John Dougill is a professor at Ryukoku, Kyoto’s largest Buddhist university. He has written many books about Japan. In addition to running the Green Shinto blog, he is the associate editor of Japanese Religions and founder of the “Writers in Kyoto” group. He lives in Kyoto, plays chess and loves to wander the banks of the Kamogawa River.

About the Photographer

John Einarsen is a photographer, designer, curator and founding editor of Kyoto Journal, an international magazine on Japanese and Asian culture. His photographs have been published in Kyoto: The Forest Within the Gate and Small Buildings of Kyoto. From 2013-2015 he served as an advisor to the Japan Times and received the Commissioner’s Award of the Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency. He lives near Kyoto’s Nanzenji temple.

About the Foreword Writer

The foreword is written bij Rev. Takafumi Kawakami, the deputy head priest of Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, where he teaches Zen meditation classes in English to 5000 foreign visitors annually. He co-hosts study abroad programs in Kyoto for students and teaches Japanese hospitality and corporate wellness seminars. He has developed a mindfulness smartphone app called Myalo and supervises Jins Meme Zen (a mindfulness program using a wearable computing device). His is the first Buddhist temple in Japan to publicly offer same-sex wedding ceremonies. His 2015 TED Talk “How mindfulness can help you to live in the present” has been viewed by over 100,000 people.

 

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The Content of the Book

In this comprehensive hardcover guide (with a jacket around the cover), you can read all about Kyoto’s most important Zen garden and temple sites. I wish I had this book when I visited some of the sites, of which many of them are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It would have given me so much more background than I now had.

The book has 144 pages and is written in two parts. Part One focuses on Zen and the Japanese culture and shares the complete story of Zen Buddhism, the daily routine of a Zen monk, how Zen monasteries are designed, the various types of temple structures, the role of Zen gardens, the history of the Japanese tea ceremony and much more.

Part Two is all about the temples themselves. You can read not only about the history of the site and key features and general opening times, but also about special opportunities for visitors to the temples, such as early morning meditation sessions, temple food offerings and special green tea sets that are provided to enhance your experience. This is the real insider info that you need!

Interesting to read is also the foreword of the book, which is written by Takafumi Kawakami, the deputy head priest of the respected Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, which gives you a good basic understand of what Zen actually is.

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Photos & Illustrations

In this book, each major site is covered: over 50 Japanese temples and gardens are reviewed in detail and accompanied with coloured photographs by acclaimed Kyoto-based photographer John Einarsen.

There are some stunning full-color photos throughout the book, which really make you feel like your’re already there on the site itself. And if you’ve been, chances are you’ll spot details that you didn’t even see yourself!

Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester

Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester

Practical Use

While the book is quite large and you probably wouldn’t bring it with you on your trip, it provides very practical information about the different zen gardens all over town and background information that you’ll definitely want to read.

There is also general information on the different structures that you’ll find on Japanese temple grounds, as well as information on all the different elements that have something to do with Zen Buddhism. It will enrich your trip, for sure.

This book will inspire you as well to take a different approach to sightseeing: “There are a few rules you should lay down for yourself. The first is to put your camera away. Secondly, do not plan to do more than one major thing in one day. Thirdly, take your time and go leisurely…”. This quote by Ruth Fuller Sasaki, an important figure in the development of Buddhism in the United States, reminds of you of the importance of being in the moment, something that you definitely want to do while visiting an incredible country such as Japan.

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Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester

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Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester

Favourite Quotes

“Over the centuries, the Zen world in Kyoto has developed a unique culture in terms of focusing attention.”

“Zen and Kyoto go together like love and Paris.”

“I assume those who come to Japan for only a few weeks and hope to find out something about Zen in that time will come to Kyoto, for only in the old capital can at least the outer expressions of Zen still be found in abundance.” – Ruth Fuller Sasaki

 

 

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I visited Kyoto back in 2008 and remember that while still a big city, it was a lot more quiet than Tokyo and I immediately loved it. While I did visit many temples, shrines and even zen gardens, back then I didn’t know so much about the Japanese culture as I do now and I would love to go back here and dive deeper in the true heart of the Kyoto experience… one where you learn more about Kyoto’s ancient Zen Buddhist culture.

If you’re looking for bucket-list worthy activities in Japan, visiting a zen garden is definitely a good place to start! This book is a great starting point for deciding where to stay when visiting Japan and what to see and do.

 

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GET THIS BOOK YOURSELF!

Title: Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto
Author: John Dougill and John Einarsen
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 480531401X
ISBN-13: 978-4805314012

Where to buy: Amazon UK (hardcover & kindle) // Amazon USA (hardcover & kindle) // Bol.com (hardcover & ebook)

Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes from Tuttle Publishing. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.

 


 

JAPANESE INNS AND HOT SPRINGS BOOK REVIEW

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About the Writer

Rob Goss is an award-winning British writer and long-term Tokyo resident focusing on Japan, travel writing, and creative writing that ranges from short fiction to short-form poetry. Besides writing many books for Tuttle, Rob has also contributed to books for Fodors, Insight Guides, Dorling Kindersley and Rough Guides, as well as for magazines including Time, National Geographic Travelerand 100 other publications around the globe.

About the Photographer

Author Akihiko Seki is a native of Japan and has traveled with his wife and his cameras throughout the country and the rest of Asia in pursuit of the ultimate healing and relaxation experiences.

 

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The Content of the Book

To understand this book, you need to have a bit of background on what a Japanese Inn and hot spring is, and this book gives you a good introduction to them both.

Onsen, as I mentioned in my introduction, are Japanese natural hot springs with bathing facilities and inns often situated around them. These onsen come in all forms, both indoor as outdoor and can be publicly run or privately run, often as part of a hotel, bed and breakfast, or (perhaps the most exciting) a ryokan. This is a type of traditional Japanese Inn that existed since the 8th century! They typically feature rooms with tatami mats, communal baths and other public areas.

Many of the ryokan are located outside the major cities, so they are perfect to relax and enjoy good food and nature.

This paperback book has 240 pages and covers 40 of the best Japanese spas and hot springs, all of them suited for English-speaking guests. 13 of them are in the Tokyo area and 11 in and around Kyoto and Nara.

In each chapter, you can read about the special features of the ryokan and you can see what’s included in your stay. With insider tips, you can easily decide if this place is right for you and you can also read advice on how to book your stay and how to behave properly, which is always a tricky thing in a country as Japan.

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Photos & Illustrations

There are over 300 full-color photographs throughout this book, which of course really enrich the book. Even if you don’t have a trip to Japan planned, you can spend ages looking at the incredible gardens and interiors of the onsen.

I loved this quote in the book which gives across the whole atmosphere of this book: “The Ryokan offers pampering, but also an opportunity for Japanese living increasingly hectic, modern lives to slow down; to embrace and celebrate their traditions; to feel Japanese.” – You feel relaxed just by flipping the pages, trust me!

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Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester

Practical Use

This book is great for research purposes, as it covers the best English-speaking onsen throughout the country, but you probably wouldn’t take it with you when travelling. Usually trips to Japan are quite planned beforehand, so chances are slim you’d need to casually look up an ryokan to stay for the night.

As a resource and inspirational guide, this book is of course great in your bookshelf or on your coffee table. There is also plenty of information about the rules in and around the onsen, so if you’re interested in learning more about Japanese culture, then this book is also perfect for you!

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Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester

Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester

Favourite Quotes

“As you roll away from the dinner table, just remember that in less than twelve hours’ time you will be back at the table working your way through a multi-course breakfast.”

“Given that it’s common to only stay a single night at a ryokan, to go without the food would be to miss out on a crucial element of the experience – it’s more than worth the splurge.”

“As anyone who has stayed at a ryokan will tell you, the experience is more than a window to classic Japan, it affords an opportunity to immerse yourself in tradition; to experience old Japan as the Japanese have done for generations – in a way that is unadulterated, unhurried, and undoubtedly unforgettable.”

“There is no bad time to experience Japan, but some seasons are more beautiful and easier to deal with than others.”

 

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Another experience I still haven’t had in Japan is to spend some time at an onsen, a Japanese natural hot spring (and the bathing facilities and inns often situated around them). Japan is, as you might know, a volcanic country, so there are thousands of onsen across the islands.

If you’re interested in learning more about the country and the sometimes incomprehensible culture of its people, then this book also makes a great read. While you can probably do a lot of your research about onsen online, I doubt that you can find such in-depth information by people that know so much about the topic. Definitely recommend the book because of that!

 

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GET THIS BOOK YOURSELF!

Title: Japanese Inns and Hot Springs
Author: Rob Goss and Akihiko Seki
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 4805313927
ISBN-13:978-4805313923

Where to buyAmazon UK (paperback & kindle) // Amazon USA (paperback & kindle) // Bol.com (ebook)

Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes from Tuttle Publishing. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.

 


 

The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester

The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester

The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester

 

THE LITTLE BOOK OF TOKYO & THE LITTLE BOOK OF KYOTO REVIEW

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The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester

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About the Writer

Ben Simmons is a photographer who completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography and art history. He taught photography at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina (USA) before he moved to Japan and started working as a professional photojournalist. He’s been working in this business for over 20 years now and has published several books on the country.

His most recent books include “Kyoto Gardens”, “Japanese Architecture”, “Tokyo Megacity”, “Kyoto: City of Zen”, and “Tokyo Desire”.

 

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The Content of the Book

There are actually three books in the “The Little Book of…” series, namely one about Japan itself (from 2013, written by Charlotte Anderson and with photos of Gorazd Vilhar) and the ones that I have about Tokyo and Japan by Ben Simmons, both published in 2018.

In these books, you’re taken on a journey of all the highlights of these two fantastic cities in Japan, covering the following topics:

THE LITTLE BOOK OF TOKYO

  • The Spirit of Tokyo (everything about shrines, temples, festivals and other typical historical and cultural experiences in Tokyo)
  • Traditional Tokyo (covering historical sights such as the Imperial Palace, museums and gardens and some interesting day trips)
  • Tokyo Today (an overview of all the neighbourhoods where it’s hip and happening, from Ueno to Shinjuku!)
  • Tokyo Sights (interesting buildings and not-to-miss sights, such as the Meiji Shrine, Tsukiji Fish Market, Rainbow Bridge and the World Trade Center)

 

THE LITTLE BOOK OF KYOTO

  • The Spirit of Kyoto (covering the festivals, shrines, temples and gardens of Kyoto and also going into food, shopping and art)
  • Kyoto’s Imperial Legacy (covering historical sights related to The Imperial House of Japan, from palaces to castles, gardens and villas)
  • Kyoto Highlights (all of the best temples and shrines in the city that you don’t want to miss)
  • Exploring Kyoto (tips for walking or cycling around Kyoto station or along the river, The famous Philosopher’s path and much, much more!)

 

Every chapter of the books starts with a short introduction, and then goes into compact, easy to read descriptions of everything you can see in that specific location. There isn’t a lot of text, but it’s enough to get a good sense of the locations around the cities and you get some great ideas of places to visit from a local’s perspective.

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Photos & Illustrations

The books might be small (only 6 by 6 inch, or about 15 by 15 cm), they have 192 pages and are chock-full of gorgeous coloured photos. The photos in this book are really what makes them so nice, and the author has done a great job capturing the spirit of both cities. I have been to Japan (especially Tokyo) many times and I could still find lots of things I’d never seen before!

The book has a hard cover and paper sleeve, and look great on the coffee table, but offering a bit more than your usual coffee-table picture books.

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The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester

The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester

Practical Use

With so many photos, you might classify this book as a ‘coffee table book’ (and it’s just as pretty), but because of the small size, I can totally see why people would want to take the book(s) on their next trips as well. While there are no maps of addresses in the book, the writer tells you exactly where to go and what to look out for.

Because of the amount of photos, you can get great inspiration of unique angles to take your own pictures from as well as reading a bit of background on the places you visit.

If you decide to bring the book(s) or not, you’ll definitely find them useful when planning your itinerary!

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The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester

The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester

 

Favourite Quotes

THE LITTLE BOOK OF TOKYO

“The city’s spirit moves everyone and everything through intricate patterns at a blurring speed and with astonishing accuracy.” 

“Tokyo festivals provide a renewing energy and a soothing tonic for the city’s relentless growth and modernization.” 

“There is no better or friendlier metropolis to get a bit lost in than Tokyo.” 

 

THE LITTLE BOOK OF KYOTO

“Kyoto’s ethos is reflected in the artful arrangement and detailed attention afforded every aspect in daily life.” 

“The hushed protective atmosphere of Kyoto temples can serve as temporary sanctuary (“Be a nun for a day” suggests one), or templates for focused contemplation, or just to set the mind free for a precious moment.” 

“Whether following a carefully mapped-out plan or merely pedaling along until something amazing or just quirky catches the eye, Kyoto by bike is a rolling wonder of cinematic vignettes.” 

 

 

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The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Japan are two amazing little books, filled with all the beauty that you can expect when visiting Japan. Whether you’ve already been to the country or not, I can guarantee you that you’ll find some new sights or unique places in both books! The amount of tips in this book must have taken the author/photographer years to gather and his enthusiasm for everything Japanese rolls of the colourful pages.

From historical sites to modern wonders, these books show you a great overview of everything that both these fascinating cities have to offer you. If you still think this little book is too big to take on your travels, I can recommend getting the Kindle version too!

 

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GET THESE BOOKS YOURSELF!

 
Title: The Little Book of Tokyo

Author: Ben Simmons

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Language: English

ISBN: 480531446X / 978-4805314463

Where to buy: Amazon UK or Amazon USA // Bol.com (Dutch Website, English Language Book)

 

Title: The Little Book of Kyoto

Author: Ben Simmons

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Language: English

ISBN: 4805314478 / 978-4805314470

Where to buy: Amazon UK or Amazon USA // Bol.com (Dutch Website, English Language Book)

Disclaimer: I received these books for review purposes from Tuttle Publishing. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.

 


 

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Make sure to also read our other Japan book reviews:

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