We are going to Tokyo! Yay. It’s been a while since we visited Japan, and we can’t wait to be back in the land of sushi, punctual trains and vending machines!
(We usually don’t hydrate enough while on vacation. Too much walking, too little water. Japan is the only country where that doesn’t happen, because every time we feel a tad thirsty, we gather our change and skip five steps ahead to a vending machine.)
And, a trip = new travel books! While a lot of the research for the trip comes from scouring travel websites and blogs, Instagram geo tags and friends’ recommendations, we love flipping through books, and sticking little flags on interesting things and places.
One of the guides we bought this time is CITIx60 Tokyo. It features 60 places, and includes architectural landmarks, galleries, restaurants, shops etc. These aren’t run-of-the-mill listings! Each one is picked by a creative professional residing in the city.
Some of the other cities in the CITIX60 travel series are London, New York, Berlin and Barcelona. Each of these city guides also contains essential information and location maps, and is a pretty good book for second/third time visitors who are looking for new spots to visit.
Eating has become a big part of our travels. I was looking for a foodie’s guide to Tokyo, and read that Food Sake Tokyo by Yukari Sakamoto (she also has an excellent blog) is one of the best guides out there. It is great. I like that it is not just a book of listings, but that it also elaborates on the history and culture surrounding a dish/food.
The countdown begins!