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Kyoto, 29 Walks in Japan's Ancient Capital: The Definitive Guide to Kyoto's Temples, Shrines, Gardens and Palaces ePub download

by John H. Martin

  • Author: John H. Martin
  • ISBN: 4805309180
  • ISBN13: 978-4805309186
  • ePub: 1550 kb | FB2: 1620 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Asia
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Vinyl Bound Paperback edition (April 10, 2011)
  • Pages: 386
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Votes: 992
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Kyoto, 29 Walks in Japan's Ancient Capital: The Definitive Guide to Kyoto's Temples, Shrines, Gardens and Palaces ePub download

I just came back from Japan and used this book extensively during 6 days in Kyoto. It probably contains too much information for a first time visitor on a short trip but it should be valuable to someone planning to spend more than just a a couple of days in Kyoto.

This fine book lets Kyoto's mystery and history shine forth like a brilliant jewel.

Founded nearly 1,300 years ago and undamaged by the war, Kyoto today is one of the world's most beautiful and historic cities, home to 17 World Heritage sites and over 2,000 temples and shrines. This fine book lets Kyoto's mystery and history shine forth like a brilliant jewel. Aug 10, 2011 Cloay is currently reading it.

most visited in Japan . It is one of the country's ten largest cities with a population of . million people and a modern face. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today. Top attractions in Kyoto.

It is a detail historical guide to temples and shrines in Kyoto. I feel I have a better understanding of Japanese culture after those experiences.

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This Japan travel guide presents a journey into the true heart of the Kyoto experience-one which .

This Japan travel guide presents a journey into the true heart of the Kyoto experience-one which brings you deep into the world of Kyoto's ancient Zen Buddhist culture. This is the first comprehensive guide to Kyoto's most important Zen garden and temple sites. Kyoto's Zen heritage represents one of mankind's greatest zed by the large number which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Over 50 Japanese temples and gardens-including all World Heritage Sites-are captured in sensitive photos by acclaimed Kyoto-based photographer John Einarsen.

The only Japan travel guide you'll need for getting around Kyoto! Everything you need is in this one convenient package—including extensive area maps!Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital and modern-day center of tourism and traditional culture, is one of the world's most beautiful and historic cities. Founded nearly 1,300 years ago and undamaged by the war, Kyoto today is the home of over 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, countless national treasures and 17 World Heritage sites, including the famed Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple.To experience the essence of Kyoto, you must walk its avenues and streets, its alleys and byways. Only in this way can you appreciate the true spirit of the place—its quiet lanes and bustling main thoroughfares, and the juxtaposition of traditional and modern houses and shops, serene gardens and holy temples and shrines. This Kyoto travel guide presents 29 easy–to–follow walking tours through Kyoto's history, its many unique districts and scenic areas full of charm and character. You'll discover not only the most renowned sites, such as the Silver Pavilion, the rock garden at Ryoan–ji Temple and the garden of the Heian Shrine, but also little–known areas off the beaten track.Much more than a guidebook, this volume tells the historical and cultural story of Kyoto's great monuments. The colorful tales, fascinating facts, larger–than–life characters and grand events that shaped the city and Japan at large will enthrall every reader. This updated and greatly expanded guide features over 100 color photos, full–color maps that trace each route and detailed diagrams of many individual sites.
Wrathshaper
I can't believe why other readers did not like this book. I used it for a 6-day trip to Kyoto and this was by far one of the best guide books I have ever used (and I have traveled a lot).

Unlike the regular Lonely Planet, Frommer's, and Fodor's, which just give tons of laundry lists of attractions, where to stay, where to eat, etc. without any organization, this book give you beautiful itineraries of how can you spend half a day in different parts of Kyoto. it suggests different attractions that you can visit based on your tastes, along with small gems that the big guidebooks are completely unaware of. Without this book, it would have been much more difficult for me to figure out how to spend my time in Kyoto. Now I just need to select a part of Kyoto and then select an itinerary that I think I'll enjoy the most.

Someone criticized that this book has too much information for a week-long traveler but I very much disagree. I thought it was perfect for my 6-day trip, and I enjoyed Kyoto so much because this book helped organize my tour perfectly, that I plan to take another week long trip to Kyoto later this year.

Overall, DO NOT GO TO KYOTO WITHOUT THIS BOOK - you'll be missing out big time!
Zamo
I just came back from Japan and used this book extensively during 6 days in Kyoto. The historical background included in the suggested walks is superb and enriched my trip. The directions are practical and excellent, even though the book was published several years ago, because Kyoto doesn't change much, thank heavens. I used the book in conjunction with Google Maps, though, because it made things even easier to have micro-directions. I don't speak Japanese. The book is excellent even for field trips like Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari, and the imperial garden at Katsura. Trust me, it is worth the slightly heavy weight. I feel like a relative authority on Kyoto's history after becoming intimate with this book, and I look forward to using it again someday. This was my third trip to Kyoto, but the first one that delved beneath the surface. It was great to have suggestions for logical destinations all in one geographic area. Kudos to the authors.
Justie
This must be the most detailed guide to ancient Kyoto available in English language. It probably contains too much information for a first time visitor on a short trip but it should be valuable to someone planning to spend more than just a a couple of days in Kyoto.

Pros:
1. Includes many temples and locations for which very little information is available elsewhere.
2. Multiple highly detailed maps in color, including a large folded map of Kyoto and the surrounding areas.
3. Color photographs on almost every page (the print quality is OK but not spectacular).
4. Rich historic detail.

Cons:
1. The book is quite heavy to carry around.
2. No kanji names.
3. Best sites are not clearly highlighted (a star rating or something similar would have helped).
4. The writing is rather dry and not particularly entertaining.

Overall, this book is a highly detailed and unique source of information for someone deeply interested ancient Kyoto and willing to spend a week or so walking around the hidden parts of city.
Ese
There is probably no better guide book for the independent traveller. This will take you deeply into Kyoto and environs. Excellent, in depth history, photos, maps. It is an invaluable book. I'd never go to Kyoto again without it!
Mayno
I am sure this book has a lot of information, but it is way too dense and heavy to be used as an effective on the go travel guide. The text size will be almost illegible for anyone over 45 without glasses as the text size is tiny, and the spacing is very tight (see photo}. Forget trying to read up on the next walk at night. The index is useless as it does not cover everything in the book. (375 page book with a 4 page index). In my opinion this book needs a good editor and would be more effective if it could be broken apart so you could take each "walk" out separately and not carry the whole book, like a collection of notebook sized pamphlets where the cover of each pamphlet was the map of the walk. Anyways...that is my two cents.
Akinozuru
Kyoto: 29 Walks in Japan's Ancient Capital should not be mistaken as a "map" book. This guide directs travelers to fascinating sites and provides maps, of course, and suggestions. Its real value, though, is as an in-depth reference.

To first time visitors, Kyoto appears inaccessible and hopelessly complex. This fine book lets Kyoto's mystery and history shine forth like a brilliant jewel.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor
This book was unexpectedly fabulous. Lots of new information even though I have read the wonderful Kyoto guides of Diane Durston, Judith Clancy as well as many others and travel to Japan often. My husband and I guide small groups to the gardens of Japan as well as explore the shrines and temples, arts and crafts, traditions and cuisine. I wish
this book was available for my IPAD!
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