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Great for planning a trip, bad when you're actually there
on March 31, 2012
So I got this book (not e-book) in preparation for a trip to Tokyo this past month. It seemed great with the maps and suggestions for places to go. I made a whole itinerary based on this book which was quite nice. However, once I got to Tokyo/Japan, I was only able to find the major sights on the maps. Some of the minor places on the map flat out weren't there when I was standing exactly where the map said, and when I'd look at the description of the place, no location was given. While I was loving the book for planning, I realized there's so little important information about each sight (such as where exactly it is) that the book became pretty much a heavy paperweight I carried around all the time. The only thing truly useful while I was there were the maps themselves in regards to where I was. It was nice but as I have a good sense of direction it still proved unnecessary ultimately. The additional subway map is great but you can get that for free at any hotel or the airport.
Also, many of the suggestions themselves (particularly with food and hotels) are plain expensive and not catering towards the average or frugal traveler. Most suggestions are very expensive (even for Japan) and instead of offering some cheaper options, they tell you a few websites to check out instead. Pretty stupid to buy a book only to be told to look elsewhere.
Ultimately this book was only useful to find major places before I left, which any Japan travel site could do for you. I didn't end up going to a single restaurant or hotel from this book because the suggestions were either too high-priced or they just gave poor directions (or none) to where they were.