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Tokyo City Atlas: A Bilingual Guide (3rd Ed.) Paperback – December 10, 2004
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I am in Tokyo now in a small area called "Kameari", where the large, detailed maps at the tarin and bus stops dont have the names in English. Although major stops and final destinations are in English, if you're travelling to anything other than the last stop, you're going to have a huge problem buying tickets unless you have a photograhpic memory or can actually read Kanji! This book is a godsend; not everyone understands English if you need help! If all else fails, just point!
My only minor gripe is that on only a few of the stations, it mentions certain exits (like South Exit and West Exit, but failing to mention "North Exit"), and certain department stores. There is an "Ito-Yokado" Department store in both Aoto, Kameari, and Ayase, but the map only lists the nearest Department Store as in Ayase! This is minor, but a little troubling at times, especially in the HUGE stations.
Finally, even the Japanese need to look at the map of where they want to go sometimes. Again I mention the "only in Kanji" maps at the Station. This book has detailed information on where the train and subway routes are. Using this book, I was able to find a solid route back to my apartment before the Station Attendants could!Read more ›
Tokyo doesn't seem to have any english street signs.. and without landmarks for reference, it seems painfully easy to get turned around and completely lose your way, even within a small area. This book includes myriad landmarks with an emphasis on taller buildings, highly visible landmarks and english signage.. and I honestly don't know how we'd have found our way around Tokyo without it. I'd recommend this before any of the usual guide books, though most of them have plenty of useful information to help you plan your trip, all the plans in the world are worthless if you can't get to your destination. Buy this book and keep it with you every day that you plan on walking around Tokyo, it will prove its worth many times over as it saves you hours if not days of valuable travel time by helping you to get to where you are going in shinjuku, shibuya and the rest of this mad city.
I've been to Tokyo more than a dozen times, and I always take this book -- it's become even more valuable as I've marked it up with locations of restaurants and stores and is now like my own personal guidebook. If you have this book and a Rough Guide to Tokyo, you'll be extremely well-prepared to enjoy Tokyo.
As other reviews note, Tokyo addresses use a system of successive specification: City, Area, Sub-area, Block, Building Number. This book gives you detail down to the level of every block in the city. Thus, if you have an address, you will be able to find the block and then walk around it to find the building number.
And it's even more useful than that. In addition to block level maps, it has higher resolution maps for most of the key areas (Shinjuku, Akasaka, Omotesando, Ginza, etc) with many buildings labeled -- and even numbered Metro exits! Thus, you can tell in advance that to get to such-and-such building, you will want to take a particular exit from the Metro. There is also minor coverage of some non-Tokyo areas that you might find useful, such as Minato Mirai in Yokohama and the area around Yokosuka base.
It has great maps just inside the cover of the Subway (Metro and Toei) and JR Systems.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We found our condo from the Atlas. We can easily understand the address system of Tokyo.Published 4 months ago by NW
This book helped a great deal during my family's nine day trek around Japan.Published 4 months ago by JLML
Not as useful as I had hoped for. You are better off getting a pocket wifi in Tokyo so you can use google maps on your phone while you are there.Published 9 months ago by Natalie
This book didn't help me very much. There's way too much information on one page and everything is very small due to a far out zoomed look. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Shuminski
Really good book, I'm going in about a month and this book has very good detail.Published 13 months ago by jawbox
Very helpful Atlas, extremely detailed maps of the city. I only wished there was a larger pullout map as some of the maps were cut into 3-4 pages, making it hard to navigate... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lindsay