Book review

by Ramsey Zarifeh

GETTING the best out of the rail passes available to visitors to Japan is simplified with the help of this comprehensive book, which was first published in 2002 and is now in its second edition.

The 480 pages provide tourist guides to 39 towns and cities, and the details of rail travel include 34 route maps. Practical information is accompanied by details of Japanese etiquette and culture, ranging from geishas through vending machines to the preparation of blow fish. Each chapter starts with a haiku.

ISBN 978-1-873756-97-3

£13·99 from Trailblazer, The Old Manse, Tower Road, Hindhead, GU26 6SU, UK

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