Japan: A Guidebook to Special Places Review

Japan: A Guidebook to Special Places

By Takashi Sato

I received a free copy of Japan: A Guidebook to Special Places form the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

This travel guide doubles as a beautiful photo album, featuring truly hidden gems in the less traveled countryside of Japan. The author, Takashi Sato, is a landscape photographer who has traveled to all 47 prefectures to capture the many faces of Japan on film. Page after page, the author guides you to some of the most special places. This book is full of useful information for planning your visit to Japan, with detailed information on getting around on trains, buses, cars, and domestic flights. There is also a companion website for updated information, easily accessible by QR codes included in the book.

Summary from Goodreads.

Japan is a stunning country. I am sure that anyone who has been to it will agree with me on that. It is a blend of ultra-modern living with rural countryside communities that make you feel like you have stepped back in time.

We visit Japan’s 4 main islands, and on each of these we are given very different places that would most defiantly be worth a visit. Not only are these places not your usual tourist locations, you are given the best time of the year to visit and how to get to each location. This is extremely useful in planning your next trip to Japan.

Not only are you treated to finding out new and interesting places to visit, the accompanying photography is stunning. You are instantly transported to the location with only one image. This will leave you wanting more, and the only way to get it is to travel there yourself!

Towards the end of the guidebook, you are given travel guides and itinerary suggestion so that you do not have to do all the figuring out how to get from A – B. This is such a great addition that elevates this guidebook to the next level from any other guidebook on Japan.

My only complaint about Japan: A Guidebook To Special Places is that I wish it were longer! I would love to see where else may intrigue me in this stunning country.

A great way to plan where you want to go when you next visit Japan.


Check it out on Goodreads here.

Purchase it on Amazon here.


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