26 September 2023

Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: Japan

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Price: $34.99.

Now that travel is happily back on everyone’s agenda, it’s worth checking out what Lonely Planet has to offer — since it has launched a whole new way to travel!

The totally modern range of guidebooks in its Experience series is designed to help you find new ways to get away from the everyday.

The first collection focuses on six popular destinations: Japan, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Scotland and Iceland. PS News has been given two copies of each of these titles to give away to our readers — over the next few weeks. We kick-start this competition with Experience Japan.

Famous for natural sights like cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji, Japan is an archipelago on the eastern edge of Asia. This is where you get to have the best cultural experiences, visit must-see sights, discover hidden gems and partake of a few unique seasonal activities.

Anything but traditional, Experience Japan is fresh in size and style, beautifully illustrated and is designed for a new generation of savvy travellers, who are looking for a more immersive experience.

This innovative guide features a curated collection of unforgettable experiences so you can create a unique trip that suits your interests, fits into your schedule and surprises you with certain aspects you hadn’t thought about before. You will gain fresh perspectives on essential places to see and get introduced to local experts.

Highlights from this handy handbook includes the use of pull-out city maps, seasonal planning calendars, destination trip builders, QR codes to unlock additional online content and a back cover pocket to store travel mementos and notes.

Chris Zeiher, senior director trade sales & marketing for Lonely Planet Publications, says: “we’re calling these the ‘anti-guidebook’ as they are so different to anything else!”

Name the titles in Lonely Planet’s first collection in the Experience series? If the answer is correct, you could win a copy of Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: Japan. Entries should be sent to [email protected] by Monday, 9 May 2022. Names of the winners will be announced in Frank Cassidy’s PS-sssst…! column on 10 May 2022.

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