Best Japan Travel Guide Books for 2018

Best Japan Travel Guide Books

If you are either doing early planning for your trip to Japan or are in the final stages you are likely to be considering which Japan travel guide book makes sense to purchase.

You may not realise that there are different Japan travel guide books which make sense at the different planning stages, so here are my recommended travel guide books for inspiration, early planning and for while you are travelling.  All of my top picks are recent releases which are available for international shipment from the Amazon USA store, and many are available in both printed and Kindle versions.

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Best Japan Travel Guide Books for 2018

Lonely Planet Discover Japan

The Lonely Planet Discover Japan travel guide book is a great option to get an overview of the major tourist destinations in Japan, and has a good balance of information and photos to help you plan your trip.  An earlier version of this book is what we used for our trip to Japan and we also found it was quite useful as we were travelling, so a very versatile guide book option.  The new version was released in November 2017 so should be mostly up to date.  This guide book is only available as a paperback edition.  Click here to check out the latest prices.

Japanese Inns and Hot Springs: A Guide to Japan’s Best Ryokan & Onsen

The gorgeous photos in this new release guide to Japan’s Inns and Hot Springs will inspire you to travel beyond the beaten track in Japan to find the extraordinary.  This guide book is available as either a softcopy or Kindle edition.  Click here to check out the latest prices.

Japan Traveler’s Companion: Japan’s Most Famous Sights From Okinawa to Hokkaido

For true trip inspiration the Japan Traveler’s Companion: Japan’s Most Famous Sights From Okinawa to Hokkaido provides great photos and an overview of the major sights and culture of Japan, including:

  • detailed itineraries for each region
  • Information on the country’s 100 most important tourist sights, including 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Illustrated introductions to Japanese cuisine, popular culture, and Samurai history
  • A map of each region with suggested walks

This guide book is available as either a hardcopy or Kindle edition.  Click here to see the latest prices.

Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto: A Guide to Kyoto’s Most Important Sites

If you are keen to check out Kyoto’s Zen gardens and temples then this book is a great option to learn more about 50 World Heritage sites in Kyoto with lovely photos and detailed overviews of each site. This book will definitely inspire you to visit Kyoto and identify where you might want to visit while you are there. This book is available as either a hardcopy or Kindle edition.  Click here to see the latest prices.

Super Cheap Japan: Budget Travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima and Surrounding Areas

The Super Cheap Japan travel guide book is the ultimate budget travel guide to Japan, full of the most useful, up-to-date information for a cheap holiday in Japan.  This book includes guides to the major tourist destinations, tips to find cheap accommodation, food, attractions and more, and is a great option for both early trip inspiration and planning and also while you are on the go in Japan.  This book is available as either a paperback or Kindle edition.  Click here to see the latest prices.

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join my Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

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