The Rough Guide to Tokyo

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The Rough Guide to Tokyo is the definitive guide to Japan's hyperactive capital. With clear maps of every neighborhood and detailed coverage of city attractions, this fully updated guidebook will help you discover the best Tokyo has to offer. Detailed practical advice covers great places to eat and drink, inspiring accommodation, and the most exciting places to party.

Dozens of photographs in The Rough Guide to Tokyo illustrate the city's highlights — from the soaring Tokyo Sky Tree to the exciting new contemporary art complex 3331 Arts Chiyoda and the reborn architectural treasure Mitsubishi Ichigokan. Plus, the guide includes all you need to know for great day-trips to, among other places, the onsens of Hakone, the tranquil temples of Kamakura, and Yokohama's Chinatown. Easy-to-use maps and expert advice make The Rough Guide to Tokyo your ultimate travelling companion. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Tokyo.

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About the Author:

Jan Dodd lived in Tokyo in the early nineties and has been searching for the perfect rotembro (hot spring pool) ever since. Simon Richmond also lived and worked in Tokyo, as an editor and writer, and continues to return regularly. Simon and Jan are also the co-authors of the Rough Guide to Japan.

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WHEN TO VISIT

One of the best times to visit Tokyo is in the spring, usually from April to early May, when flurries of falling cherry blossom give the city a soft pink hue. October and November are also good months to come; this is when you’ll catch the fireburst of autumn leaves in Tokyo’s parks and gardens.

Avoid visiting during the steamy height of summer in August and early September, when soaring humidity has Tokyoites scurrying from one air-conditioned haven to another. From January through to March temperatures can dip to freezing, but the crisp blue skies are rarely disturbed by rain or snow showers. Carrying an umbrella in any season is a good idea, especially during tsuyu, the rainy season of June, and in September, when typhoons occasionally strike the coast. Note that many attractions shut for several days around New Year, when Tokyo becomes a ghost town. In mid-February cheap accommodation can be near impossible to secure as high school seniors from around Japan descend on the capital to sit college entrance exams.

Before deciding when to visit, check the city’s calendar of festivals and special events, which range from grand sumo tournaments to the Sanno and Kanda matsuri (festivals) held alternate years (see Festivals, p.259 and Sports and Martial Arts, p.265).

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