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Lonely Planet Tokyo (Travel Guide) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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Lonely Planet Tokyo: Their recommendation of Homeikan for best-allround Ryokan was great. Not only is the service amazing, their breakfast is good, their baths are great, they have an onsite laundry machine, and the area is quiet. The place is also incredibly affordable. This alone paid for the price of the book. The recommendations for SkyTree and the bigger shopping areas such as Akhibahara and Shinjuku could use some work. The advice on Nishiki Market could also use more color (such as "show up well before noon as the wait outside restaurants is north of an hour at lunch time"). But I'll forgive them all that because of the recommendation of Homeikan. The omission of a subway map is also questionable.
Additionally, I spent something like $150 at the top sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Kyubey, because it was listed as a fun time, when in reality, there was absolutely no difference at all from almost any other sushi restaurant, so don't bother finding out what these places are like....there's a sucker born every minute.
Additionally, there are some magnificent municipal gardens in Tokyo, that got no listing at all because they were outside the very narrow line they draw around the tourist area.
Also, the Nikko day trip listed, doesn't mention that it is a 2.5 hour train ride each way, without much to see at the end, I was told, though NIkko is good, just not a lot given 5+ hours travel time. 3.5 stars is probably more like it, but the site says 3 stars is "it's OK", so that is what I indicated.
The book also suggests walking tours you can take on your own. Wonderful.