Review & giveaway 9: Tokyo Travel Pack

13 Oct

Once again, Tuttle Books has given me a book to review on my blog.

This time I will be reviewing “Tokyo Travel Pack: Your Guide to Tokyo’s Best Sights for Every Budget (Travel Guide & Map)” by Rob Goss.


And, as before, Tuttle Books will be giving (gave) one free copy of this book to a random visitor to my blog!
(The details of the giveaway will be at the end of this review.)

This book is perfect for anyone who is planning for visit Tokyo, whether it’s their first visit here or they’ve been here a number of times. Also for anyone simply interested in Japan, particularly Tokyo.

The author, Rob Goss, has lived in Tokyo since 1999. He has written a number of books and magazine articles about Tokyo.

This guidebook offers many useful tips, including common phrases in Japanese, that would be very helpful to visitors in Tokyo.

It has a list of thirteen “Don’t Miss” sights in Tokyo with photos and an explanation of each. It also tells the opening hours, admission costs and directions to get to each one.

The next chapter of “Tokyo Travel Pack: Your Guide to Tokyo’s Best Sights for Every Budget (Travel Guide & Map)” gives a more detailed explanation of some popular areas in and around Tokyo.

And then, it also includes the book author’s recommendations for hotels, restaurants, nightspots, shopping, family-oriented attractions, museums, gardens, festivals and more!

There are maps of parts of this huge city throughout the book. But also includes a pull-out map of the heart of metropolitan Tokyo.

One small error I noticed is the list of Japan’s National Holidays. The dates of the holidays are no longer current since Japan adapted the “Happy Monday” system and now some holidays always fall on a Monday (for example, today (October 13th), coincidentally, is a holiday in Japan. Today (the day I’m writing this review) is 「体育の日」 (“Sports Day” (or “Fitness day”)). The book lists this holiday as October 10th. Until the year 2000, that was the date of this holiday…but it’s now the ‘second Monday of October‘.
This isn’t a big deal. Only four Japanese holidays have been affected by the “Happy Monday” system. And the rest of the information in the book is correct and current.

I recommend this book to anyone visiting, living in or interested in Tokyo.

Tokyo Travel Pack: Your Guide to Tokyo’s Best Sights for Every Budget (Travel Guide & Map)” can be purchased through Amazon at this link.

But, as I said above, Tuttle Publishers is going to give (gave) one free copy of this book to a random visitor to my blog!

***** Updated October 27th, 2014 *****

This special promo ended on 2014 October 25th. One random winner was selected and contacted directly by Tuttle Publishers (via email) with the details about the free book.

Thank you to all who entered, but only the winner was contacted.


8 Responses to “Review & giveaway 9: Tokyo Travel Pack”

  1. ddupre315 October 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Sounds great but I don’t want to enter since I already won one of the books. 😀


    • tokyo5 October 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

      Have you received your book? How do you like it?


      • ddupre315 October 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

        Not yet, maybe get it this week. I hope!


      • tokyo5 October 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

        Let me know (on twitter or here).


  2. CrazyChineseFamily October 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    It is interesting about this happy Monday. Really all holdidays fall on a Monday? This would be so great to extend the weekend a bit here in Europe 🙂


    • tokyo5 October 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Not all of them. Only a few have been changed like that. Most of them are on specific dates still.

      Don’t any holidays in Europe fall on a “second Monday of ___ month”? Some American holidays do, too. Actually today (second Monday of October) is a holiday in both Japan (“Fitness Day”) and the U.S. (“Columbus Day”).


      • CrazyChineseFamily October 14, 2014 at 1:21 am #

        I actually don’t know any day public holiday which is fixed to a certain weekday except one. The rest is squally fixed to certain dates or certain weekends/ Saturday’s or Sunday’s according to the lunar calendar (if I am not too wrong, long time that I checked on these holidays…)


      • tokyo5 October 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

        Used to be like that in Japan too. Every holiday had a fixed date regardless of the day of the week. But about fourteen years ago, they changed a few of them to always fall on a Monday.


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