- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Co. (April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804820686
- ISBN-13: 978-0804820684
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,220,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to Japan Paperback – April, 1998
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I have a few complaints about the book, though. Others may disagree, but I found hitchhiking annoying when done too often, and would vary it with taking the train, which wasn't always expensive. I think Ferguson too rarely brings up the importance of speaking Japanese: while hitchhiking is possible (if not as fun) for friends of mine who can barely speak it, some of his recommended activities would be very difficult for non-Japanese speakers. Also, the book gives exact directions how to hitchhike an exact route. While merely a format for the book, hitchhiking (and touring) is a lot sloppier than that...plus it runs counter to the do-it-yourself philosophy of the book. All forgivable problems, but worth watching out for when using the book.
I thought touring around Japan was great fun, very easy, very safe, and only occasionally too expensive. There isn't the overtouristing so common elsewhere. I strongly recommend people to "bum around" Japan, and this book is the best guide to doing it.
Japan has changed a lot since then, and planning a trip based on information from 1997 is stupid.