The Lonely Planet Guide – Japan

Scouring the internet tirelessly to find kickass things to do on holiday is a must. But make sure you don’t ignore a valuable and practical resource such as:

The Lonely Planet Guide.

To: [insert your destination here].

When Monique and I first decided to go to Japan, my friend James suggested I pick up a copy. And as he’d lived in Japan for several years and was married to a Japanese woman I thought TLPG was worth a go.

Luckily for us we didn’t even have to buy our own!


Monique received a LPG for her birthday about a month ago. And it really is an exhaustive resource that’s organised logically and is quick and easy to use.

The Red Section

‘Welcome to [your country]’

Picture of Welome to Japan page in Lonely Planet Guide

The Red Section = The Fun Section

The Red Section is jam-packed full of the most interesting and important information you’ll need for your trip.

It includes:

  • A general overview
  • Some ‘top experiences’ (marked on a map)
  • 30 top rated experiences or ‘must-dos’
  • A ‘need to know’ page (including info on daily budgets, weather, exchange rates and airports)
  • A ‘what’s new’ section
  • An ‘if you like’ section (activities by preference: sight seeing, food, culture, shopping etc.)
  • Events ‘month by month’
  • An itinerary section
  • Skiiing information
  • Advice for travelling with children and;
  • A ‘regions at a glance’ section that goes into local detail

Phew! And that’s just the introductory red section. We haven’t even touched the part that that combs over every imaginable detail about your destination:

The Blue Section

Lonely Planet page - indepth description

The Blue Section = Shit Gets Serious

The Blue Section is organised into chapters that are jam-packed full of detailed, in-depth knowledge about the different geographical locations of your destination. These chapters are further broken down into:

  • Sights and Activities
  • Drinking
  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Entertainment
  • Shopping and;
  • Getting Around

At the end of each chapter there’s a handy little map of each location. From here information is consistently broken down to be more and more specific: it’s freaking amazing.

I still think internet research is much better for finding unique, weird and wonderful experiences BUT you’d be missing out if you passed on such a great guide.

You can pick up a Lonely Planet Guide from most travel agents and bookstoresSo if you’re feeling a little eyesore from staring at a screen too long, pick yourself up a copy of TLPG and sit yourself down in a nice cafe with a coffee, and flick through. You won’t be disappointed.

Until next time,

Kally & Mon.

What helps you more? Traditional guides like TLPG and local maps or the expansive knowledge of the interwebz?

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