A random Kinokuniya trip (as random as a trip to the bookstore can be) yielded the first magazine: Tokyo Art & Culture Map. After browsing it at home that evening and finding out that there is a Kyoto edition, a more purposeful trip to Kino was planned.
If you like the country and can tick off one of the following boxes: coffee, art and culture, design, craft, zakka, you will love these two magazines. Tons of cafes and small eateries, quaint little shops, museums, galleries… Listings in the magazine are organised by area and are usually accompanied by a short writeup about the place, a very helpful area map and access information. Magazines are translated from Japanese into Chinese by a Taiwanese publishing house, so unfortunately, you do need to know Chinese to get the most out of the magazines. These “walking maps” were published about 1-2 years back, so while most of the information should hopefully still be current, please do double-check online for the places you really want to go to avoid disappointment.
Several times while reading, I had the urge to go sanpo-ing! So yes, those two magazines did kick up a huge bout of wanderlust. Fair warning?