Frommer's Japan by Beth Reiber

By Beth Reiber

You are going to by no means fall into the vacationer traps if you happen to trip with Frommer's. it truly is like having a chum exhibit you round, taking you to the areas locals like most sensible. Our specialist authors have already long past in all places you may go--they've performed the legwork for you, and they are no longer afraid to inform it love it is, saving you time and cash. No different sequence deals candid studies of such a lot of inns and eating places in all rate levels. each Frommer's commute advisor is up to date, with specific costs for every thing, dozens of colour maps, and interesting assurance of activities, purchasing, and nightlife. you would be misplaced with out us! Japan could be a bewildering vacation spot, yet Frommer's is helping you commute like a professional, with functional tips about getting round, speaking, carrying out company, and navigating the neighborhood etiquette and customs. we have now incorporated specified instructions to each institution, and dozens of actual maps. you will additionally depend on our convenient appendix of valuable words and our eastern personality key, which lets you simply realize institution names for those who see symptoms in the street. In case you are apprehensive approximately Japan's excessive costs, Frommer's brings you dozens of listings for reasonable lodgings and eating places. search for candid studies of the easiest lodgings, from plush, high-tech enterprise lodges to reasonably priced offers and actual ryokan. Meticulously researched, Frommer's Japan is the one consultant you have to to event the simplest of this unique land. With Frommer's in hand, you will see all of it, from the swirl of Tokyo's nightlife to the normal eastern style of Kyoto. no matter if you must stopover at majestic shrines and temples or discover the serene landscapes of the Japan Alps, it is all right here in a single insightful, ordinary consultant.

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Surrounding these large islands are more than 4,000 smaller islands and islets, most of them uninhabited; farther to the south are the Okinawan islands, perhaps best known for the fierce fighting that took place there during World War II and for their continued (and controversial) use as an American military base. If you were to superimpose Japan’s four main islands onto a map of the United States, they would stretch all the way from Maine down to Florida, which should give you an idea of the diversity of Japan’s climate, flora, and scenery—Hokkaido in the north is subarctic, while southern Kyushu is subtropical.

For Porcelain & Pottery: Porcelain and pottery are produced seemingly everywhere in Japan. Some of the more famous centers include Nagoya, home to Noritake, Japan’s largest chinaware company; Kanazawa, known for its Kutani pottery with its distinctive colorful glaze; Matsuyama, famous for its Tobe pottery (white porcelain with cobalt-blue designs); and Kagoshima, with its Satsuma pottery, which comes in white (used by the upper class in feudal Japan) and black (used by the common people). See chapters 8, 9, and 10.

See “Shopping,” in chapters 4 and 8. • For Local Specialties: Many prefecture capitals have a government-owned exhibition hall where local products are displayed for sale. Often called a kanko bussankan, the hall may have everything from locally produced pottery to folk toys and foodstuffs. Cities with kanko bussankan include Kanazawa, Okayama, Matsuyama, Kumamoto, and Kagoshima. See chapters 8, 9, and 10. • For Porcelain & Pottery: Porcelain and pottery are produced seemingly everywhere in Japan.

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