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Published December 4th 2016
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Tokyo Style Guide

The Tokyo Style Guide
by Jane Lawson is your complete guide of where to eat, sleep and shop in Japan's busy capital city. The book covers a unique insight into the ten most intriguing and stylish Tokyo neighbourhoods.

Tokyo Style Guide

I adore Japanese design and culture and it's one of the countries I'd love to visit again. This book is beautifully designed with full-colour photography.

Tokyo Style Guide

The book begins with an introduction where Jane explains that she aims to cover some of her favourite places whether that may be in the thick of the busy streets or off to a slower beautiful garden or a lesser-known museum space. She covers some general travel tips including what to wear (pack hole-free socks), the seasons, transportation, business opening hours, post, mobile phones and some basic phrases.

Tokyo Style Guide

The book is divided into the areas of the city and covers Harajuku and Shibuya, Aoyama, Shimokitazawa, Daikanyama and Naka Meguro, Meguro and Ebisu, Kichijoji, Koenji and Nakano, Kagurazaka and Korakuen, Asakusa and Kappabashi, Kuamae, Okachimachi, Akihabara, and Kanda-ochanomizu and lastly Yanesan and Nippori.

Tokyo Style Guide

Each chapter has a clear map of the area with a key pointing to the places she mentions in the text. Jane steps you through a suggested walk with lots of practical tips.

The book ends with a run-down of places to stay, including hotels, traditional inns, apartments and Airbnb. Jane discusses some of her fancier restaurant recommendations and places to grab a drink at an authentic bar. There is also a list of the best museums and galleries, markets (handmade, farmers, flea) and a random list of other things she likes to do.

The book ends with a small selection on places to visit if you are on an extended stay including Mount Fuji, Hakone, Kamakura, and Kawagoe.

Tokyo is a great book for anyone wanting to visit this vibrant and exciting city especially if you want to see the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo is available in hardcover from your favourite bookseller.

ISBN: 9781743365687
Published by Murdoch Books

About the author

After many years working as a chef in Sydney, Jane Lawson moved into publishing, combining her love of travel, cooking and books. She is the author of Snowflakes and Schnapps, Spice Market, Grub, Yoshoku, A Little Taste of Japan, Cocina Nueva, Zenbu Zen and 2016's Milkbar Memories. She is also the co-author of BBQ Food for Friends, which won a Groumand World Cookbook Award in 2003. Jane has been travelling around Japan for over thirty years. She runs independent tours to Japan on a regular basis, guiding her clients to the best that the country has to offer, from culture to fashion, food and lifestyle. Her particular area of interest is Japanese cuisine. Visit for more information.
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Why? Style Guide to Tokyo to eat, sleep and shop
When: Published 1 December 2016
Where: At your local bookshop
Cost: AUD $39.99
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