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Tokyo City Atlas: A Bilingual Guide (3rd Ed.) Paperback – December 10, 2004

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..."the handiest of all Tokyo atlas guides. Some help is necessary as one explores this vast, fascinating, confusing city, and this new edition offers the best assistance."

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Founded in 1963 by Kodansha Ltd., Kodansha International Ltd. is the leading publisher of high-quality English language books on Japan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; 3 edition (December 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770025033
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770025036
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hard to top what others have said, since my thoughts are praised exactly. This book is indespensable for your journeys around Tokyo. It features larger maps for the more popular areas like Shinjuku, Tokyo, Akihabara, Ikebukuro, etc. and smaller maps for the surrounding "ku". I have looked around, and it seems this is the only book that is detailed, up to date, and best of all, *Bilingual*! This alone could be the most important key element while navigated through complicated Kanji names. I'll explain why this is neccesary.

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!
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I've just returned from 2 & 1/2 weeks in Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka) ..and while Kyoto was a pleasure to navigate using only local tourist maps (such as the ones available at most hotels, or the Japan TIC offices).. Tokyo is another story. The JR and subway systems are a piece of cake, even for those who do not read or speak Japanese (as long as you ask a station attendant for the english map), but once you get up (or down) to street level.. that's where this little beauty really shines.. and without it, well, good luck!

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.
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Ultimate guide to the streets and trains / subways of Tokyo, hands down. Nice slender profile and easy to use format. I personally use it to plan the day that is forthcoming. Now I can hop on the right train, transfer with ease at the right place, know which exit to leave the station, and walk to my destination. When a book can help tame the confusion of one of the world's largest cities and provide a sense of confidence in knowing the accuracy of it's information will easily get you to where you want to go, that is saying something.
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Now in an updated and expanded third edition, Tokyo City Atlas: A Bilingual Guide is a comprehensive, "user friendly" English/Japanese collection of 51 maps invaluable to business and leisure travelers visiting Japan's capital city. 21 area maps of Metropolitan Tokyo list not only chome numbers but also block numbers (banchi); 18 maps of Central Tokyo include guidance to numbered subway station entrances; 7 maps of central Yokohama and Kawaski and access maps to U.S. Military bases Yokosuka, Yokota, and Zama round out this useful and practical full-color resource. An English/Japanese index allows for fast consultation in this "must-have" for Tokyo-bound tourists, students, and business travelers.
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If you want to get out and explore Tokyo, and want to see more than just a few blocks around the train stations, this book is an absolute necessity. It presents a level of detail that is simply unavailable in any other map book that I've seen in English, and is far, far more useful than any folding map. Tokyo is simply too large for folding maps and you need this level of detail.

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.
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