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Japan by rail Travel guide 4th - Trailblazer

Japan by rail Travel guide 4th edition by Trailblazer. The real secret to travelling around the country on a budget, however, is the Japan Rail Pass. With this pass you can travel on some of the fastest trains in the world as often as you like for as long as you please.

EAN13 : 9781905864751

  • Publisher/Serie : Trailblazer/Rail Guides
  • Destination : Japan
  • Activity : Voyage en train
  • Publication date : aug-2016
  • Pages : 480
  • specifications/quality : paperback
  • Language : english
  • Dimension : 12.0cm x 18.0cm x 2.5cm

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Japan is steeped in legend and myth, perhaps the greatest of which is the popular misconception that the country is simply too expensive to visit. The truth is that flights to Japan are cheaper than they've ever been, accommodation can be great value, while the warm hospitality which awaits every visitor costs nothing at all. The real secret to travelling around the country on a budget, however, is the Japan Rail Pass. With this pass you can travel on some of the fastest trains in the world as often as you like for as long as you please - and all for one bargain price. Use this comprehensive guide in conjunction with a rail pass to get the most out of your trip to Japan.

  • Practical information - planning your trip; suggested itineraries; what to take; getting to Japan
  • City guides and maps - where to stay, where to eat, what to see in 26 towns and cities; historical and cultural background
  • Kilometre-by-kilometre route guides - covering train journeys from the coast into the mountains, from temple retreat to sprawling metropolis; 33 route maps
  • Railway service summaries - bullet trains and all routes in this guide
  • Plus - Japanese words and phrases; customs and etiquette; 63 colour photos
NEW FOR THE FOURTH EDITION
  • Route guides now include the recent extensions to the Hokuriku and Hokkaido shinkansen lines
  • Additional information is given about the many private railway lines
  • Greater coverage of popular tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Nikko, Hakone, Takayama and Shirakawa-go
  • There’s also more information about areas off the beaten track including: Jigokudani (Nagano), famous for its ‘snow’ monkeys; the 'desert' (sand dunes) and sand museum at Tottori; the Tateyama–Kurobe Alpine Route, a journey across the northern Japan Alps using five different modes of transport; Kawaguchi-ko, where you can see Mt Fuji reflected in the lake; and the ‘art island’ of Naoshima, Shikoku 
  • Highlights – new colour section at the front with ‘Best’ lists to help planning a trip 
  •  Kanji and katakana now included for all place names

INTRODUCTION

Why take the train?  7              Routes and costs  9

When to go  14  National holidays 16 – Festivals and events 17

 

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Rail passes  Japan Rail Pass 29 – Regional JR rail passes 31

Getting a rail pass 36 – Exchange orders 39 – How to use the rail

pass 41

Suggested itineraries  41

Before you go  Booking a flight 47 – Passports and visas 48

Tourist information 48 – Health and insurance 49 – What to take 49

Money 50 – Suggested reading 51

 

PART 2: JAPAN

Facts about the country  Geography 53 – History 54

Politics 58 – Economy 59 – Religion 59 – The people 60 – Sport 61

Culture 62

Practical information for visitors  Arriving in Japan 64

Tourist information 65 – Getting around 65 – Accommodation 67

Where to eat 74 – Nightlife and entertainment 76 – Media 77

Electricity 78 – Time 78 – Banks and money matters 78 – Post and

telecommunications 79 – Language 82 – Assistance 82

Shopping 84 – Museums and tourist attractions 85 –  Activities 86

 

PART 3: THE RAIL NETWORK

Railway history  88

The railway  Japan Rail today 93 – The trains 95 – Timetables 98

Buying a ticket 99 – Making seat reservations 100 – Railway

staff 101 – Station facilities 101

 

PART 4: TOKYO AND OSAKA

Tokyo  103  Around Tokyo 133    Osaka  144  Side trips 155

 

PART 5: HONSHU

 

Central Honshu

Route guides  Tokyo to Nagoya by shinkansen 161 – Tokyo to

Kanazawa by shinkansen 177 – Nagano to Nagoya via Matsumoto 187

Toyama to Nagoya via Takayama 191 – Kanazawa to Kyoto, Osaka or Nagoya 195

City guides  Nagoya 197 – Nagano 206 – Matsumoto 213

Takayama 218 – Kanazawa 226

 

Kansai

Route guides  Nagoya to Shin-Osaka by shinkansen 234 – Nagoya

to Shin-Osaka via the Kii Peninsula 237

City guides  Kyoto 250, Side trips 263 – Nara 265, Side trips 270

 

Western Honshu

Route guides  Shin-Osaka (Osaka) to Shin-Yamaguchi by

shinkansen 272 – Shin-Yamaguchi to Masuda 282 – Masuda to

Matsue 286

City guides  Kobe 289 – Okayama 297 – Hiroshima 301 – Matsue 312

 

Tohoku (North-eastern Honshu)

Route guides  Tokyo to Shin-Aomori by shinkansen 320 – Aomori/

Shin-Aomori to Akita and Niigata 344

City guides Sendai 353 – Niigata 359 – Aomori 363

 

PART 6: HOKKAIDO

 Route guides  Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto/Hakodate 368

Hakodate/Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo 371 – Sapporo to

Asahikawa & Abashiri 377 – Abashiri to Kushiro 382 – Kushiro to

Sapporo (or Asahikawa) 388

City guides  Hakodate 393 – Sapporo 399 – Asahikawa 407

 

PART 7: KYUSHU

Route guides  Shin-Yamaguchi to Hakata (Fukuoka) by

shinkansen 414 – Hakata (Fukuoka) to Nagasaki 416 – Hakata

(Fukuoka) to Kagoshima-chuo by shinkansen 421 – Kokura to

Miyazaki 426

City guides  Fukuoka 434 – Nagasaki 441 – Kumamoto 448

Kagoshima 455

 

PART 8: SHIKOKU

Route guides  Okayama to Takamatsu 464 – Takamatsu to

Tokushima 466 – Tokushima to Kochi 466 – Kochi to Uwajima 473

Uwajima to Matsuyama 475 – Matsuyama to Okayama 477

City guides  Takamatsu 480 – Tokushima 486 – Matsuyama 490

 

APPENDICES

A: Glossary 496                           

B: Useful words and phrases 500

C: JR service summaries 504

 

MAP KEY  513                                     

 

INDEX  514

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