August 18, 2007
Lonely Planet vs. Rough Guide
I have spent my share of time in Asia and Europe. Each trip had me scrambling for a proper guide book. Over trial and error, and wasted money, I made a few discoveries. If I was going on my first trip to Japan, I would buy a Lonely Planet Guide. If you are sticking to Tokyo, then get their Tokyo guide, skip the Japan version. Lonely Planet has done a decent job with covering countries in and around Asia, but they still have a lot of fluff books you don't need. You don't want to be mad later when you arrive in Tokyo, only to discover that you just flew thousands of miles with pointless "bricks" in your luggage. You want that space for a cool Japanese gift.