This is the new incarnation of LP’s Explore series, designed for short city stays. I was skeptical at first, that I could cover all of Tokyo properly in such a little guide, but the product design is really well done and as a traveler myself, I’ve come to be a big fan of this series.
One of the cool new features in this series is a spread called “Local Life,” which allowed me to cover neighborhoods that don’t really have any sights, but are fun to explore on a pedestrian level. Each spread has a mapped out walking route of some interesting spots — cafes, galleries, that sort of thing.
This guide includes local life spreads on Akihabara, Yanaka, Shimo-Kitazawa, and east Shinjuku (basically a bar crawl of the nightlife district here). There are also mapped city walks that cover contemporary architecture in Omotesando, “shitamachi” culture in Asakusa, and modern Japanese history in Ginza and Marunouchi.
The re-design meant that I got to do a lot of content from scratch — which doesn’t usually happen with a standard update — so I got to put more of my own voice in there. This was also the first book I did all by myself!