Author(s): Ramsey Zarifeh Anna Udagawa
Japan is steeped in legend and myth, perhaps the greatest of which is the popular misconception that the country is simply too expensive to visit. The truth is that flights to Japan are cheaper than they've ever been, accommodation can be great value, while the warm hospitality which awaits every visitor costs nothing at all. The real secret to travelling around the country on a budget, however, is the Japan Rail Pass. Use this comprehensive guide in conjunction with a rail pass to get the most out of a trip to Japan.* Practical information - planning your trip; suggested itineraries; what to take; getting to Japan* City guides and maps - where to stay, where to eat, what to see in 30 towns and cities; historical and cultural background* Kilometre-by-kilometre route guides - covering train journeys from the coast into the mountains, from temple retreat to sprawling metropolis; 34 route maps* Railway schedules - Bullet trains and all routes in this guide* Customs, etiquette, Japanese phrases
Supported by social media - The book is well supported by authors active on social media. Facebook: JapanByRail. Anna Udagawa has been running this facebook page with daily postings for the last two years and this has led to a considerable rise in sales. Website: japanbyrail.com. We will be publicising the book on the Trailblazer twitter feed and with review copies to appropriate rail and general press media outlets.
Graduating from Cambridge University, Ramsey Zarifeh, spent two years teaching in Japan. Now a journalist, he made a documentary Off The Rails: A Journey Through Japan which was shown worldwide on the Al Jazeera English channel in 2015.Anna Udagawa lives in the UK and was an English teacher in Japan before getting married there. She revisits Japan regularly and now works as a travel guide-book editor.