Konnichiwa from one of the most fascinating countries on earth.
Whether you want to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto, speed through the countryside aboard a shinkansen, or shop til you drop in futuristic Shibuya, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all Japan has to offer.
Japan is a land of contrast – think tranquil zen gardens and peaceful pagodas, neon-lit cities and robot restaurants. Our annually updated guide brings the country to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed breakdowns of all the must-see sights, photographs on practically every page, and our and our hand-drawn illustrations which place you inside the country’s iconic buildings and neighbourhoods.
• Our pick of Japan’s must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems • The best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay • Detailed maps and walks which make navigating the city easy • Easy-to-follow itineraries •Expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe • Color-coded chapters to every part of Japan, from Tokyo to Kyoto, Okinawa to Osaka • Our new lightweight format, so you can take your guide with you wherever you go
Planning a city break? Try out DK Eyewitness Tokyo or our pocket friendly DK Eyewitness Top 10 Tokyo.
From the Publisher
Welcome to Japan
Explore Japan’s futuristic cities, fantastical castles, tranquil temples, zen gardens, and so much more with the help of your DK Eyewitness guide. Whether you’re here for a quick visit or a big trip, we’ll help you navigate the very best the country has to offer.
In-depth area-by-area guides
Our in-depth area guides make traveling across Japan easy, whether you want to ride a bullet train; relax in an onsen; catch a sumo match; attend a tea ceremony; or take the karaoke bars by storm—we’ve got you covered. And our selection of itineraries suggest several realistic ways to make the most of your time—whether you’re staying for two weeks or just a few days.
Look inside the biggest sights
Explore Japan’s favorite landmarks and cities with our famous cross-section illustrations, including 3D guides to Todai-Ji and Horyu-Ji, as well as illustrated short walks through Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Gion and Takayama.
With so much to see, we’ve created expert-led special features that investigate how to travel around Japan your way. Across detailed page spreads, we take a look at how to embrace the outdoors; find the most impressive architecture; experience the pop culture; relive Samurai history; sample the best food; and enjoy a little rest and relaxation.
Taking the perfect trip across Japan
Finding your way across Japan’s ultramodern capital
Those planning for a trip to Japan or wanting to discover the art of Japanese living
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