The most detailed map coverage of any Japan guidebook lead author Chris Rowthorn is a long-term Kyoto resident, Japanese arts expert & sashimi buff Japan's culture & lifestyle is addictive: 38 per cent of travellers to Japan find themselves on a long-haul trip up-to-the-minute advice on getting the most out of your visit the Hamamatsu Matsuri, a spectacular traditional kite festival, turns into a kite-fight. Participants' kites battle to cut the strings of other kites, mid-flight 'Character dolls', the giant, cartoon-like statuettes that sit out the front of Japan's stores, are now being abducted in broad daylight and sold on the black market for up to USD3000 Japan received an honourable mention at the Pacific Asia Travel Association's 2004 Gold Awards
Let the bullet train whisk you from futuristic Tokyo to Kyoto's most exquisite temples. Join a sake-filled cherry blossom party or the drum beat of a local matsuri. Pick your own way through sophisticated mega-cities packed with world-class museums. Then meet the wild snow monkeys of Chūbu. How could one country offer so much? This bestselling guidebook explains it all.
GET MORE FOR YOUR YEN - insider's budget tips and smart accommodation options mean you can do what you want, whatever your budget
KNOW THE ROUTE - packed with over 150 maps, more than any other guide to Japan
FEAST LIKE AN EMPEROR - our Food & Drink chapter and mouth-watering restaurant listings dish up the best sushi and sashimi on the archipelago
ESCAPE THE CROWDS - comprehensive coverage of Mt Fuji, Okinawa and the Southwest Islands, Kyūshū and Hokkaidō, written by the experts
POINT IT OUT - Japanese script throughout means you'll always find what you want