Must-See Japan (Book Launch!)

At last. May 28th sees the launch of ‘Must-See Japan’, the guidebook for Kindle packed with all the best and most concise information for visitors to the country. If you’re coming to Japan for only a week or two it can be hard to decide on where exactly to go, how to get around and what to see and do.

As the culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of experience travelling around every corner of the country, ‘Must-See Japan’ will tell you exactly where to visit, what you simply must see when you’re there, along with a whole load of insider tips and sage-like advice for making the most of your stay!


Available for Kindle, smartphones and tablets at: (UK) (US) (Japan)


Here is a short extract from the Tokyo chapter:

Must-See Japan

‘Shinjuku is one of the 23 city wards in Tokyo, and as well as being an administrative and commercial centre for the city, it is also a hub for entertainment and shopping, and is also home to the busiest railway station in the world (Shinjuku station). As well as having plenty of points of interest in its own right, its central location and abundance of hotel options makes it a good place to stay whilst in Tokyo.

If you can escape the throngs of people and slightly disorientating layout of Shinjuku station, a quick 10 minute stroll to the west will lead you to the Shinjuku skyscraper district. It is home to some of Tokyo’s tallest buildings and most famous hotels (including the Park Hyatt from Lost In Translation), but the main recommendation here would be the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, whose 243 metre high twin towers each have free observatories on the 45th floors (the southern tower is said to have slightly more interesting views). Check here for opening hours.

Just a five minute walk northeast of Shinjuku station is Kabukicho, one of Tokyo’s largest and unashamedly seedy entertainment districts. There are countless restaurants, bars, love hotels and shifty looking touts on street corners just looking to exploit naive visitors. Although Japan is an extremely safe country, this is one of the few areas where you should use just a bit of common sense, and it is best to just ignore the touts. One of the main attractions in Kabukicho is the Golden Gai, a district full of narrow, claustrophobic streets which come alive at night, the many tiny bars and hole-in-the-wall eateries only having room for a handful of customers. If Japanese is not your forte be on the look out for places with English signs and menus out front.’


Please feel free to buy it, leave a review, recommend it to your friends and family or let me know if you have any comments (good or bad!). Arigatou!


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