Tokyo: Exploring the City of the Shogun

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Tens of thousands of tourists and businesspeople visit Tokyo every year. Japans modern capital stands before them, but almost everyone asks, Where are the traditional Japanese sites?

Following the pattern of Kodanshas popular Kyoto: Seven Paths to the Heart of the City, Tokyo: Exploring the City of the Shogun reveals the hidden, traditional side of modern-day Tokyo. This charming, full-color book serves as a gorgeous photographic journey through Tokyo and a unique guide to the old districts of the city, including the haunts of the shoguns samurai in days past. Author Enbutsu fondly relates the history of the shoguns Tokyo as she guides readers through some classic, often unknown sites. Included for the first time in full color are the frequently overlooked neighborhoods of Yanaka, the sumo quarters, an old temple town, a riverside settlement, and more.

In addition to an abundance of traditional sights, Enbutsu also introduces traditional craftspeople (makers of taiko drums, dolls, biwa, and so on) and classic, well-known restaurants (soba, sushi, tempura, tofu, etc.), making the readers virtual or actual tour of Tokyo an unforgettable visual experience.

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About the Author:

Sumiko Enbutsu is the author of four guidebooks to the Tokyo area and was a longtime travel columnist for the Japan Times. This is her first book to appear in English.


"... this book is so beautiful, you'll want to display it on your coffee table, but the information in it is so detailed - with walking tours of the historic districts of the city, maps and tips about where to find the finest artisans and even the best restaurants - it seems as if it would be a mistake to leave it behind." -The San Francisco Chronicle

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