Tokyo: Day by Day

Tokyo: Day by Day sample page

In another time, Tokyo: Day by Day would be an amazing guidebook to use to prepare for a visit to one of the world’s most vibrant, exciting cities. These days, it’s more of a wish book and a reminder of what it was like to be able to travel.

Either way, the book promises “356 Things to See and Do!”, and it provides. Each day is a page that highlights a restaurant, a unique store, a museum (for snowglobes! or beer! or the police! or architectural models!), a performance, a shrine, a place to sightsee, or some other tourist attraction.

Tokyo: Day by Day

Each has a gorgeous picture (with a cheeky word balloon caption), a paragraph of description, information on how to go there (address, nearest train station, hours — no web addresses, though), and a couple of visiting tips, such as “a good place to bring your parents” or “open during peak cherry blossom season”.

Tokyo: Day by Day sample page

The sheer scope is overwhelming, and there are so many interesting-sounding places to go and things to do. I recommend pacing yourself in reading, or it quickly becomes too much. The day-by-day format makes it fun to look up special days, though — what’s recommended for your birthday? Mine is sadly, not sushi. (The publisher provided a review copy.)

Tokyo: Day by Day sample page



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