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Not bad, but I did find better...
on November 29, 1999
I bought this book, along with several others, including Frommers, for my trip to Japan a little over a month ago. I stayed in northern Japan--near Aomori and visited Tokyo, Sendai, Hachinohe and Morioka. Lonely Planet was helpful but, the book I used the most and relied on the most--with everything to neighborhood maps and out of the way places to eat and shop--was Rough Guide Japan. Same premise as Lonely Planet, but I found it more user friendly and it's information more beneficial. It was fun when I found a mention of a new car Toyota showroom to sit in and test drive models, and the world's only parasite museum. I didn't make it to the parasite museum in Tokyo, but the Toyota Amlux was interesting! Lonely Planet was good, but it didn't always have "mini maps" of the places they were talking about, and that left me confused. Also, they would give "circular" trips around a city, which was good, but if you didn't start out-or couldn't find-where they began, you quickly had no idea what or where they were taking you. There was plenty more in Rough Guide Japan than I found helpful in Lonely Planet, and Frommers just plain, well, sucked. It was my first trip there and the only other advice I can give is to get a rail pass as well as Rough Guide Japan!