Perfect pocket guide covering a lot of the sights in both Kyoto and Osaka. The areas are sorted into the major areas of interest and both Kyoto and Osaka sections overlap a bit (there are a few Kyoto sections, then a couple of Osaka sections and then back to Kyoto). I think they tried to just put the most popular sections in the front, such as Higashiyama in Kyoto and Dotonbori in Osaka.
The guide, like most Lonely Planet guides, covers a lot of SIGHTS. This guide highlights a few restaurants, but they gladly don't devote too much space to exhaustive lists of restaurants and hotels - which I use TripAdvisor and Google+ for anyway. (And Airbnb is the way to go in both towns - $1000 total for the two places we booked, 11 nights, 3 people - seriously - and in Kyoto we booked a traditional, 19th century private home!)
The other thing that is nice is this guide has travel information for getting to sights from central locations. For example, they give subway information, train information, and bus information that makes it easy to locate which station and type of transit works best. This is very convenient and one of the best aspects of this guide.
Also it is very packed with information and very portable. Bonus!
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet Global Limited; 1 edition (1 August 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781786576552
- ISBN-13: 978-1786576552
- ASIN: 1786576554
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.1 x 15.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)