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Product Details

  • Series: City Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4 Pap/Map edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740598458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740598453
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul L. McKaskle on October 17, 2009
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I used this book along with three others on a recent trip to Kyoto. Some of the negative criticisms of earlier reviewers seem to have been corrected, though not entirely. But no other general guide (with a Kyoto section as part of a Japan guide) was more useful. I have some criticisms, but it is a useful guide.

Maps could have been more detailed (as well as descriptions of where things were). Restaurants were shown on maps but, at best, within a block or two of where they were. Addresses for restaurants were given (doubtless accurate using Kyoto address standards) but don't describe the exact street each is on. For example, we went to Ichi-Ban (a yakitori restaurant in the Gion district) which was merely described as "3 minutes" from the "Sanjo Keihan" subway stop. The map in the book suggested it was on Sanjo-dori ("dori" means street or avenue) but the address didn't say so. The book also said it had "a" red lantern out in front (which is used by yakitori or grill restaurants). We did find it by asking a nearby florist shop, but it would have been useful if the description had said it was "on" Sanjo-dori and also that it had "several" small red lanterns and that it did not have an English name on the facade. (It was a good restaurant, incidentally, once we found it.) The same was true for Omen, a restaurant near the Silver Pavillion. No description other than it was "near" the Silver Pavillion and was shown on a very small map of the general area. A couple of local vendors directed us there. It is two short blocks south of the approach to the Temple on the street used by Bus 32. (It was a superb restaurant for lunch--I recommend it highly--as well as the sister restaurant on Shijo-dori a few feet west of the south end of Pontocho alley, a famous night location.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JH on June 6, 2010
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I used the 4th Edition of the Lonely Planet Kyoto City Guide for an 11-day visit to the city and environs, and by far found it the most useful guidebook available. In general, the guide includes at least brief references to almost all the sites I was interested in visiting, with accurate descriptions and logistical information (about location, travel directions, hours of operation). Restaurant descriptions were also helpful in combination with those found in other guides (e.g., Time Out). The pullout map turned out to be the most valuable tool we had in our explorations of the city, with very useful transportation information and a map of Greater Kyoto on the reverse. Although some have written that maps available free through the tourist information office are just as good, we did not find this to be the case and consistently relied on the Lonely Planet map for every day's outing, eventually annotating it and adding to it some information we had found in other guidebooks. We used it so much that it had to be taped and re-taped during our trip. The detailed maps inside the book are extremely useful in pinpointing locations of sites, shops, and restaurants. These maps enabled us to figure out how to organize our day and, although we did not use this information, these maps also included Japanese names for each item referenced, which could be useful if trying to direct a taxi driver. We found two errors in the representation of the transportation system on the front of the overall map--the Tozai subway line extends further west than depicted, beyond Nijo, and the Hankyu Railway does not extend east to the Keihan Line as shown on the map. While these are surprising errors, they did not have serious impact on our travels.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maron Anrow on August 21, 2009
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I read the reviews for this book before buying it and I was concerned about the complaints that the maps were horrible. However, there were no other recently-published guides to Kyoto so I decided that a guide with bad maps was better than no guide at all. So, I bought the book and I am happy I did.

Yes, the maps for the book were bad and I am thankful to the other reviewers for pointing this out so I did not unknowingly try to rely on the maps and find myself lost. Here is the good news: You can get excellent maps for free in Kyoto Station. The maps in this book were helpful for a general outline of where things are in relation to one another, but I relied almost entirely on the free maps I obtained from the tourism office in Kyoto Station. If you are traveling to Kyoto, I recommend you do the same. The maps provided in the station were up-to-date, detailed, and extremely helpful. And, best of all, free! As most people traveling to Kyoto will arrive through Kyoto Station, picking up these free maps is easy and the first thing you should do when you arrive.

Maps aside, I found this book very helpful. A friend and I traveled to Kyoto for the first time and had five and a half days in the city. Although I knew I could find resources for visiting Kyoto online, I wanted a small and informative book that I could carry with me everywhere and refer to whenever I needed it. This book provided exactly that. It was the perfect resource for a brief trip to Kyoto (combined with the free maps from Kyoto Station, of course). So if you're looking for a book that will help you find things to do while in Kyoto (as well as places to eat and sleep), I highly recommend this city guide in combination with the maps from Kyoto Station.
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