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Japan: A Guidebook to Special Places

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  26 reviews
This travel guide doubles as a beautiful photo album, featuring truly hidden gems in the less traveled countryside of Japan. The author, Takashi Sato, is a landscape photographer who has traveled to all 47 prefectures to capture the many faces of Japan on film. Page after page, the author guides you to some of the most special places. This book is full of useful informatio ...more
Paperback, 98 pages
Published 2019 by Mamukai Books Gallery
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San
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was planning to visit Japan this year but for obvious reasons it didn't work out. I was really glad that I came across this title. What I really liked about that this guide book is that it contains not only famous tourists attractions and popular places but also ones that I didn't have opportunity to hear about before. Every descriptions contains information about how to get to that place, what is the best kind of time to there which are very useful tips for tourist, Also the photos are absolu ...more
Mehsi
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


I really love Japan, really want to go (does anyone have a bag of money I could have?). I want to visit Tokyo, I want to visit shrines, see nature, travel through the country and see all the different things. Ah. A dream. One day. Until then I will devour books about Japan, especially when these books also have photographs. Like this one!

In this book we travel around Japan. The book is split up in 4 specific regions. On the page
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Andrea
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I opened this book and started to turn the pages, what I saw wasn't what I was expecting at all. Just page after page of breathtakingly stunning photos with clearly laid out information about each place in Japan. There was just enough information to stir genuine interest without overloading the reader. There is additional information like how to travel to each place, special features, links to online information etc., Despite there being less than 100 page, I can honestly say with hand on h ...more
WorldconReader
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan, photography, travel
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author and publisher for providing a digital review copy of this book.

"japan" by photographer-author Takashi Sato is a beautiful visual introduction to some of the most scenic off-the-beaten-path locations in Japan. "japan" highlights 75 areas throughout Japan with stunning photography and brief informative and friendly explanations. Sato's photography shows the wonderful soothing attraction of the Japanese countryside. Nearly every shot belongs on the cover
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VitadaBookreader
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review is written both in English and Italian.
Questa recensione è scritta sia in italiano che in inglese.

Thanks to Netgalley and Media Do International, Inc. for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I've always wanted to visit Japan. Its culture, its language, its balance of modernity and tradition, I've always been fascinated by all of it. So when I found this book by Takashi Sato available to read, I knew I had to take the chance. Not only does this boo
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Kathryn
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely gorgeous. It found the perfect blend between photography, descriptions, and tourist info. The photos were absolutely stunning and I like that the Takashi Sato chose to feature certain areas of the country and suggest people visit in what would likely be considered the "off season." I think so often people, especially from the United States, only consider going to Japan during Cherry Blossom Season but this book really made a point to feature other seasons and other lands ...more
Danielle
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Read this review and more on my blog.

I received a free copy of Japan: A Guidebook To Special Places from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Japan is a stunning country. I am sure that anyone who has been to it will agree with me on that. It is a blend of ultra-modern living with rural countryside communities that make you feel like you have stepped back in time.

We visit Japan’s 4 main islands, and on each of these we are given very different places that would most defiantly be worth
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Annie
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Japan: A Guidebook to Special Places is a beautifully photographed and annotated guide to destinations and sights in Japan. Released 16th Oct 2020, it's 98 pages and available in paperback format.

This is a really attractive guidebook to travel destinations full of world famous sights and places to visit in Japan. The entries are arranged roughly geographically: northeast of Tokyo, Hokkaido to Honshu, Honshu to western Japan, and Shikoku to Kyu
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Nicki Markus
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was supposed to visit Japan for the first time this month, but obviously COVID-19 ruined those plans. Therefore, when I saw this book listed on NetGalley I knew I wanted to read it. Most of my planned activities revolved around Tokyo, so what I enjoyed most about this book was its suggestions for heading off the beaten track. Each entry contains an overview of the recommended area, the best time to go there, and a note on transportation/getting there, with stunning photos showing you what you ...more
Misa
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange of an honest review.

If you have always loved Japan and wanted to visit this amazing country this book is for you. I love Japan and its culture and visiting this country is one of my biggest dream. This book made me fall in love for the multiple time with Japan.
All the places that you read the descriptions about in some books are completely real or the landscapes that you see in plenty of animes do really exist and they are wonder
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Jia Xuan
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has stunning photographs and simple descriptions to go along with it, which can be helpful enough for an absentminded fellow like me whose mind is always wandering. There are so many natural wonders and places of beauty that inspire in Japan, and in this book, we get a glimpse at the almost mystical beauty.

It explores places, some festivals, and popular tourist routes. At the end of the book, there are helpful lists of itineraries, activities, modes of transportation, online resources,
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Brandi
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have always wanted to travel to Japan and this guide highlights all the reasons why. This is such a beautiful rendering of a various destinations to visit. I loved that it is broken up by region, as this makes it easier to navigate. In addition, the Good to Know section at the end is a great tool to help you navigate travel in the countryside, as there are some differences from the big cities. The QR codes are helpful and link you directly to the book’s website for additional information. Each ...more
Savannah
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I NEED this physical book! I was forced (by my own hand, sure) to go through this absolutely gorgeous collection of Japanese landscape, travel advice and GET READY cultural mannerisms! I seriously love this so much and its one of those books I would have loved to have as a kid. This is an incredible gift for anyone in your life who is: passionate about travel
interested in japan (I cant be the only one with at least 5 friends who fall into that category)
interested in geography
interested in Asian
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Mikorin
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really beautiful book filled with mesmerizing photos of japanese scenery. This is a really well structured travel guide, several places are introduced through the book. There are accompanying texts describing the areas and giving a bit more context. I really appreciate that the locations are marked for each photo along with the recommended month to visit. There are even tips for online searches and QR codes for each location offering more help. If you plan to visit Japan and are looking for be ...more
Sara
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are guidebooks to Japan and there are photography books of Japan, but this is the first book I've seen that skillfully combines both photographs and a guide.
This book is for the reader who already knows or has visited the famous usual tourist places in Japan. It takes the reader off the beaten path and to places they'd never find otherwise. The photographs are beyond gorgeous. The guide part of each section is more of an enticement than a how-to, but it is enough for the intrepid traveler
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Samantha
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, travel
What a beautiful book on visiting Japan!

It is divided into different regions and provides interesting and seemingly off the beaten track places to visit rather than any metropolitan areas. It provides different ways to get there, be it by train, bus or car. If there are certain events such as festivals, then it lets you know the best time of year to go too.

Also included at the rear of the book is some etiquette, tips on money and using public transport.

A definite book for anyone wanting to visit
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Prajakta | dancingbibliophile
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always been fascinated by Japan and the Japanese culture as a whole. So, when I saw this book on Netgalley, I instantly decided to read it as soon as possible. And boy, it didn't disappoint a bit.
Starting with the focal point of the book,- the photographs are beautiful and vivid, thus capturing the reader's attention quickly. The offbeat places described in the book are perfect for anyone planning for a trip to the country. I really liked the way all places were divided into suitable groups
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GONZA
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this book there are not only beautiful photos, but also directions on how to reach these places, which are not the usual recommended for tourists, and especially the reasons for going there. Very nice and useful if you could go there....

In questo libro non ci sono solo belle foto, ma anche indicazioni su come raggiungere questi posti, che non sono i soliti raccomandati per i turisti, e soprattutto le ragioni per andarci. Molto bello e utile se ci si potesse andare....

THANKS NETGALLEY FOR THE
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Catherine
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this beautiful book. It is a very special book, much like a treasure trove of goodies. Each time I looked at one of the beautiful photographs of a place in Japan, I felt such peace, joy and happiness. It is the perfect book to read if you wish to travel around Japan, since it shows lots of different places and travel information. However, it is also a good book to read if you are just interested in finding out what Japan is like. I highly recommend this wonderful book. It is b ...more
Rina
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This book combined two of my favourite topics: Japan and Landscape photography. The information sheets towards the end of the book have a lot of valuable pointers for tourists which can be handy, but might feel redundant for frequent visitors.

I would love to visit Japan again! The wonderful photography gave me a bit of reprieve. My only complaint would be that it didn’t have more photos. The book felt too short and I wanted more.
joyce w. laudon
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Until we can travel in real time, armchair travel is an escape. Anyone who has ever thought of visiting Japan will, I think, enjoy this title. The photographs are gorgeous, the book is well organized and it includes a good amount of detail. The author/photographer knows Japan well and is an excellent guide. I enjoyed the escape that the stunning photos provided.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this beautiful title. All opinions are my own.
Hina Tabassum Khatri
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recently I have been researching Japan as I plan that to be my next vacation destination. When I came across this book on NetGalley, I had to request it.

The book with its beautiful pictures and vivid descriptions of the experiences to be had, have me more than half in love with a country I have not been to yet.

Can't wait for the world to come to some semblance for me to book my vacation in Japan.
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Critterbee❇
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has some lovely photographs of places throughout Japan, with none of the more famous sites or tourist spots. This is a kind of off the beaten path travel guide.

Why were some spots chosen and not others? It seemed more like a friend's trip photos and travel notes, and did not raise any nostalgia for Japan. These spots are lovely to find on your own.


*Netgalley*
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Susie
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, full of so much information and such wonderful photo’s. If only I could hop on a plane and see it for myself.

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
Mellissa Bushby
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very adequate and interesting tour guide. Photography is beautiful, and there is enough info to appease any traveller. I loved the little fun facts that occur throughout the book, they seem to bring Japan to life. Very pretty, I'd definitely revommend it.
Many thanks for my ARC.
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Dora Yang
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc
Not your typical guidebook! I love discovering hidden gems when traveling, and I think that this book spotlights some beautiful places with its beautiful photos. It definitely made me want to visit Japan again.
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