What’s the one thing you should have when you go on a trip to any foreign country, aside from your passport and wallet? A guidebook, of course. How do you think you’re going to get around without a map? How are you going to understand the culture without some general background information? And how are you going to make sure you won’t get lost or the waiter gets your order correct without some basic survival phrases?
Guidebooks will give you a sense of comfort as you look up everything you need without the requirement of the internet. Speaking of internet, while free Wi-Fi availability has been increasing in recent years, finding easily-connectable hotspots in English and without strange requirements may be more of a hassle than you’d think, and you can only do so much on your data plan, especially if you’re going to be in Japan for a while. Not to mention if you get off the main path a bit, internet can be nonexistent. In case of an emergency, a handy book or two may be your best friend.
When selecting books, Tuttle Publishing has a large variety of books with all the details and books necessary for you to get around in Japan. From general travel guides to regional ones, from cultural information to Japanese phrases, Tuttle has everything to make your life easier and more enjoyable during your visit. In addition to getting around Japan, there are books you may want to pick as you prepare for Japan (language, culture resources) and after you leave Japan (cooking, calligraphy, origami paper arts).
The following are just a few of the travel books available on Japan.
Top 5 Tuttle Travel Books on Japan
Japan Tuttle Travel Pack
This has it all, including a pull-out map of Japan. Written by Rob Goss, a long-time Tokyo resident, the Japan Tuttle Travel Pack contains Japan’s 17 “Don’t Miss” sights, along with guides to exploring different areas of Japan and the author’s personal recommendations of Japan’s best restaurants, accommodation, activities, and more. Winner of the 2013 North American Travel Journalists Association Gold Award in the Travel Book/Guide Category.
2. Introduction to Japanese Culture
An informative book by Daniel Sosnoski about various aspects of Japan’s culture, including holidays and festivals, arts, and daily life. A good read on the plane prior to arriving in Japan!
3. Making Out in Japanese
Not exactly what the title implies, although there is some related information about it. Making Out is a useful handbook of useful conversational Japanese phrases, ranging from basic words to situational quotes. Avoid miscommunications and speak Japanese like a pro with this one book, written by Todd Geers and Erika Hoburg.
4. A Cook’s Journey to Japan
It goes without saying that Japan is well known for its delicious food. Afraid that you won’t be able to replicate the delicate taste of Japanese cuisine at home? Don’t worry, as A Cook's Journey to Japan contains 100 Japanese recipes, ranging from rice and noodles dishes to desserts. Even contains a section on useful Japanese cooking techniques and ingredients. Written by Sarah Marx Feldner.
5. All About Japan
A truly unique guide on Japan, written by Willamarie Moore in the form of a children’s book, with illustrations by Kazumi Wilds. An easy-to-follow but informative read for kids and adults alike, All About Japan contains basic information on Japan, as well as details on the everyday life of a Japanese family and Japanese customs. Winner of the 2012 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award.