Recommended Travel Guide For Japan


Many a times, I have been looking for some recommended travel guides for Japan and most of the time, I end up with those brochures from the airport or just information from the internet. There are bad and good in these kind of travel information where the bad is that you are getting just the general information or outdated information, or you need to print the internet information and carry it along with you. 

Most Malaysians love to travel to Japan as nowadays as it is quite reasonable and easy for just about anyone to visit Japan, especially with all the flight promotions that budget airlines offer during promotions, even more so during travel fairs like the Matta Fair in Kuala Lumpur. For under RM5,000, Japan is easily accessible with AirAsia X and you can visit places like Tokyo, Osaka and even Sapporo, but having the flight and accommodations booked, you next need a good travel guide for Japan.

So, where can one find a recommended travel guide for Japan? For me, I have always depended on those brochures that you find at the airports with the standard city map and places to visit and after numerous times to Japan, I found those not very informative. Eventually, I had to do some homework for my previous trip to Tokyo and there is a lot of information available online, but are they accurate? Plus the fact that you needed to print all that information and carry it along? No thanks. 

Applications on smartphones or tablets are sometimes no better, because there are too many in the market and everyone putting the same old general content and it is not really helpful if you ask me. Therefore, a friend of mine told me to check out the Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guide, which is sold at local book stores here in Malaysia, so off I went to one of the bookstores to pick up a copy of a Tokyo travel guide book.
Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guide Tokyo Title
After going through the guide book, it totally changed my perception as it was incredibly complete and updated with all kinds of information required and it is like having the ultimate Tokyo travel bible in my hand with anything and everything in there, including those local popular places to eat and shop.

When I arrived at my hotel in Tokyo, I just took a brief glance on where to have breakfast and in the Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guide Tokyo title was a few pages dedicated to a variety of world breakfast with reviews and details on how to get to each of these places.

There are also special sections for all kinds of sweets and snacks that are very popular in Tokyo so you will not miss any of them. With this, my food adventure was quite complete trying the many special that Tokyo offered. One of my favourites is the Miyazaki Wagyu Chili Sauce with Sunny Side Up and Bacon Pancake from the Rainbow Pancake Shop in Harajuku.
A selection of sweet shops around Tokyo featured in the book
List of popular restaurants in Tokyo also featured in the guide book
Apart from food, Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guide Tokyo title highlights each district like Shibuya, Omotesando, Ueno, Asakusa, Ginza, Odaiba, Tsukiji and even areas around Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea with the show times, parades and even down to the little details of where to get what kind of souvenirs and also food and snack places.

For example, in Harajuku - Omotesando, the guide book details everything from a hand picked selection of the best foods, popular shops, breakdown of Takeshita Street's famous spots, Cat Street review in Harajuku, popular landmarks around the area, lunch spots, shopping malls and museums and art places. All this in one section of the Tokyo guide book.
Harajuku and Omotesando information from the guide book
If you are a huge Japanese fashion fan, then Shibuya is the place you need to visit as this is the capital of fashion in Japan where you can find the latest trends and so on. While shopping, you can also check out the many trendy cafes and restaurants which are also reviewed with photos in the book which also shares which department store has what items and what specialty.
Exploring Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Tokyo
The guide book also lists the Best 10 for Tokyo Gourmet
Very detailed information on Takeshita Street
There are three bonus mini books when you get the Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guide Tokyo book 
If you are wondering where to go for sightseeing in Tokyo, the guide book also narrows down the best places in Tokyo to visit, including which subway train to take, which station to get off and also what else there is to do around each of these areas.

One of the must visit places is no other than the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower which is the tallest structure in Japan standing at 634 meters tall. From up here, you can get an amazing view of Tokyo city and around the tower, there are so many interesting things to do. One of them is to visit the largest Daiso outlet in the world.
Tokyo Skytree information from the book
Overall, the Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guide Tokyo title is perfect for Malaysians and just about anyone who reads English because everything you need to know about Tokyo is in this guide book. For foodies and food lovers, you will be in for a treat as there is so much of Japanese food and snacks reviewed in the book too.

As for maps, there are complete maps based on areas in Tokyo and also the entire Tokyo Subway map. Honestly, the way the book was created is perfect for Malaysians as it gets straight to the point - popular places to eat, shop and see.


       The five titles or Japan travel guides from Rurubu Omotenashi (click on image to enlarge)

Apart from the Tokyo title, there are also four other titles of Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guide which are for Okinawa, Kyoto, Kyushu and Hokkaido. So if you are planning to visit any of those place in Japan, I would highly recommend getting the travel guides as they will make your travels much more fun and interesting. As for me, I am planning a trip to Kyoto and Okinawa next and I have already got those books where I am using them to plan my travel itinerary.

If you are looking for a recommended travel guide for Japan, the Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guide is priced at RM49.50 (Peninsular Malaysia) and RM50.50 (East Malaysia) and can be bought at local bookstores like Popular & Harris, MPH, Borders, Times and Kinokuniya. You can also buy them online from GEMPAK STARZ™ who is the main distributor for the books.

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