This August, global travel authority Lonely Planet is publishing the 13th edition of its Japan Country Guide. This edition includes a chapter on Tohoku, providing new, post-tsunami research. Tokyo-based author Rebecca Milner writes that Tohoku is open for travel.
Special features in this edition include: • Cuisine, skiing, onsen & more • Tips for first-time travellers • Japan on a budget • Top sights in illustrated detail
“From the splendour of a Kyoto geisha dance to the spare beauty of a Zen rock garden, Japan has the power to enthrall even the most jaded traveller,” writes Lonely Planet author Chris Rowthorn.
The Lonely Planet authors of this guide have put together some favorite destinations:
Kyoto Temples & Gardens With more than 1000 temples to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice in Kyoto. Spend your time finding one that suits your taste. And don’t forget that temples are where you’ll find the best gardens.
Onsen There’s nothing like lowering yourself into the tub at a classic Japanese onsen (natural hot spring bath). If you’re lucky, the tub is outside and there’s a nice stream running nearby.
Japanese Cuisine Japan is a food lover’s paradise and the cuisine is incredibly varied, running the gamut from simple soba (buckwheat noodles) to multicourse kaiseki (haute cuisine) banquets.
Cherry-Blossom Viewing Under a cherry tree laden with blossoms in the springtime, it’s as if the cherries release a kind of narcotic that reduces inhibitions. Japan is a happy place when the cherry blossoms are out.
- Kyoto’s Geisha Dances If you find yourself in Kyoto when the geisha dances are on, do everything in your power to see one. It’s hard to think of a more colourful, charming and diverting stage spectacle.