This fascinating city; the world's largest metropolis, is becoming increasingly popular with and accessible to foreign visitors. Few people today are not affected by the creativity, culture and economy of Tokyo, yet this megacity remains an enigma for many.
Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government and an economic powerhouse in the global financial market as well as a city at the cutting edge of fashion trends and modern architecture.
This DK Eyewitness Travel Guide provides in-depth coverage of the city, from the looming skyscrapers, neon-bathed streets and flashing video screens of the labyrinthine Shinjuku district to the traditional shrine complex of Meiji Jingu and the arresting mix of contemporary building developments found throughout the city.
By Gerrit Striker - March 8, 2008
I really like the DK travel guides. But, right away I was taken aback at the cover photo. The COVER PHOTO! The central building in the shot of Shibuya crossing hasn't been in existence for nearly a decade. Does this 2008 book promise to be up to date? No. I spent twenty minutes flipping through it and noticed some errors. On Map1, page 184, they show Hotel Sunroute Akasaka as being a little south west of Shinjuku Station. Pity those who seek to find that hotel at this spot. Actually, it is Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel that is here. On page 10 Tokyo Dome is referred to as an amusement park. It is not. It is a sports stadium. Next to Tokyo Dome is, indeed, an amusement park but it is called Korakuen. How much time are families going to waste finding that amusement park while looking for or asking directions to Tokyo Dome?
Every time I pick up this book I find more egregious errors. I just noticed that the map on pages 86-87 has Mitaka in the mountains to the west of... read more
Some Flaws, but Overall a Good Book
By Elizabeth D. O. Connell - February 17, 2009
For the most part this is a fun and informative book. As a previous reviewer noted there are some mistakes, but, honestly, I expect there to be some mistakes in just about every travel book I read. (Although a few in this book could have been easily avoided by a simple internet search.)
The color photos are wonderful, and the history section, while brief, is easy to read and knowledgable. Its a good jumping off book for planning a trip, although again you might want to compare to another travel book or the internet just to make sure you have all the facts straight.
This book definately inspires you however and most of the discriptions of locations and whatnot are accurate. Its a good addition to a collection as most travel books do not include color photos.
Don't Fly Into Narita Airport Without It
By Robert E. Greenlaw - July 1, 2011
I went to Japan for the first time last year and brought with me the DK Eyewitness Guide to Tokyo and a Lonely Planet guide for the rest of Japan. I wish I had brought my DK Japan with me instead of Lonely Planet, because it turned out that DK was about a hundred times more helpful than Lonely Planet.
The DK Guide is well-organized, with sections at the back on the intricacies of public transportation, ordering meals, and etiquette. They wisely include a map of the Tokyo subway line on the inside cover, which is very handy.
The list of attractions is thorough and generally up to date. Every traveler will have a difference of opinion on what should be emphasized, of course. For instance, I would have highlighted the wonderful store Japan Sword over the somewhat disappointing Japanese Sword Museum, but, then again, I never would have known of Japan Sword's existence were it not for this book.
Because Tokyo is so large, it can be difficult to hit... read more
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