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
- Japanese Inns and Hot Springs: A Guide to Japan’s Best Ryokan & Onsen
- Japan Traveler’s Companion: Japan’s Most Famous Sights From Okinawa to Hokkaido
- Tokyo Style Guide: Eat * Sleep * Shop
- Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto: A Guide to Kyoto’s Most Important Sites
- Super Cheap Japan: Budget Travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima and Surrounding Areas
- Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group
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 and to order.
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 and to order.
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 and to order.
Tokyo Style Guide: Eat * Sleep * Shop
In Tokyo Style Guide author Jane Lawson offers a unique insight into Japan’s culture and aesthetic with her expert guided walks through 21 of the most intriguing and stylish Tokyo neighborhoods and the best of what they have to offer. Jane shares information on how to get the most from your trip – what to see and how best to experience it.
The Kindle edition is already available, and the hardcover will be released on 12 June 2018, you can already pre-order through Amazon.Click here to see the latest prices and to order
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 and to order.
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 and to order.
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!
You may also like to check out some of my other articles such as the following:
- The Ultimate Quick List of What to Pack for Japan and Tokyo
- Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental in Japan for Tourists
- Best Travel Bag and Luggage for Your Japan Trip
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