Make My Day Tokyo is a travel guide by Lonely Planet and was released in April 2015. The guide is full of suggestions to fill up your day in Tokyo. But is this book useful enough to carry with you?
When you purchase this book you’ll get access to the iPhone and Android app that will give you up-to-date info about Tokyo for free. This is extra useful as the book itself still dates from 2015. However, most suggestions from the book are the already popular tourist hotspots like Tokyo Sky Tree, Shibuya Crossing, Senso-ji and Meiji-Jingu. Tokyo is full of attractions, things to see and things to do, it’s almost impossible to get bored. But choosing among those options can be a hard task, and it could be a little overwhelming as well as I found out last time.
Make My Day Tokyo uses an activity map that is sorted into three parts: morning, afternoon, and evening. By simply flipping through the book you can easily decide which locations you’d like to visit. This makes the book flexible, because you’re not stuck to a specific decision you made in the morning, you can always decide to go somewhere else.
Each location comes with a small description and handy info, like what it might cost to get there, opening- and closing times, and which stations you need to be at. And to top this all off some handy extra tips to enjoy your visit even more.
Lonely Planet komt zelf met volgens hun drie perfecte dagen als suggestie, waarbij je bijvoorbeeld op de eerste dag in de ochtend – en dat is eigenlijk ook iets wat je het beste in de vroege ochtend op een mooie warme dag kunt bezoeken – begint met Meiji-Jingu, verder gaat naar Jingu-Bashi – met advies dat je dit het beste op zonnige zondagen kunt bezoeken vanwege de cosplayers die dan komen – en de avond afsluit in het nachtleven van Shinjuku – waarbij het misschien handig is om dat met een groep mensen te doen en niet alleen.
Lonely Planet has their own suggestion when it comes to three perfect days. For example, start the day with a morning visit – and you really want to do this early in the morning on a warm day – of Meiji-Jingu, afterwards visit Jingu-Bashi – with the advice to visit on a warm sunny day to see some amazing cosplayers – and then end the day in Shinjuku’s nightlife – which might be better to do in a group than by yourself.
Pull out the small map – that comes with the book – and have a look at what places are closest by, preventing hours of unnecessary traveling between locations. All those impressions you get in Tokyo can be quite overwhelming in a positive way! Make My Day helps you already, it saves you a little energy with a handy travel planner. The planner shows you how long it takes to get from A to B either by foot or with public transportation. It even comes with an even more detailed map with train and subway lines, that can also give you a better view on where exactly you are inside Tokyo.
Make My Day Tokyo comes with an elastic binder to ensure the guide closes easily. It also gives you an opportunity to store all sorts of handy papers you might need along the way. I for example put travel brochures in there, which I could read during my trip towards a different location. And for those that want to keep track on which activity is next, the book comes with a handy black ribbon bookmark. There is extra space for notes as well, which you could use to write in delicious dishes you came across during your trip for example. The guide is compact, but just too big to fit in your pocket. It’s also very light, making it easy to carry around in your bag without any problems. For my first trip to Japan this was really a key item and it ensured for me to go anywhere with confidence.
Number of pages: 40